The sun shining beaches of Sri Lanka are around the island as seen from the map. The seas are warm. The west coast and southern beaches are best from October to March. The East coast beaches are best during March and October. So It is never out of the season for a beach holiday and some part of the country always offer warm and friendly waters. It is an ideal location to relax and unwind.
Beaches north of Colombo
Negombo Beach was Sri Lanka’s first beach resort and is not only an ideal place to start or end your holiday in Sri Lanka. Conveniently located only 15 km from Sri Lanka’s International Airport, Negombo offers wide beaches, a great selection of hotels and guesthouses – ranging from budget to 5* resorts, excellent restaurants, well stocked supermarkets and many watersport facilities
On Negombo’s long Beach you’ll find many seafood restaurants, bars and shops.
The town itself shows its interesting colonial past which was heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.
Negombo has a small port, and its economy is mainly based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon, ceramics, and brass ware.
Negambo is one of the best place for scuba diving.
The dive locations in Negombo are segregated into two locations. The closer dive sites about 5 to 8 Km away from the shore and the further “third” reef (about 22 Km away).
For more detais of diving visit http://www.divesrilanka.com
Just over 40km from Colombo, bustling Kalutara is the first beach resort we reach traveling south of Colombo. Kalutara has a huge stretch of fine sand with Wadduwa to the north which is home to the area’s top resorts.
The appearance of roadside stalls selling coir rugs, basketware & reed mats signals the entry into Kalutara. As if the tell-tale signs wouldn’t do, Kalutara heralds its presence with nothing less than the immense white gleaming dagoba of the Gangatilaka Vihara, immediately south of the long double-span bridge across the Kalu Ganga (River Black).
Bentota, Sri Lanka, 64 km down from Colombo,
Water sports,white sany beaches scuba diving are the main attractions in Bentota.It has the best atmosphere for relax/leisure as well as active vacation any time of the year( best between October and April)
Bentota is the gateway to 140 km stretch of tropical beaches from Beruwala in western coast to Tangalla Bay Beach in the southern coast. The outstandingly beautiful stretch of road is one of the most scenic routes in the island.
The beach: The season runs from November to April
Hikkaduwa, 100km from Colombo, one of the liveliest of the southwest coast is close to Beruwala Bay Beach & Bentota Bay Beach Resort of beautiful beaches & large resort hotels. There’s a varied choice of beach & sea – coral for snorkelers, waves for board & body surfers, & good wide strips of sand, backed by cafes for sun bathing & relaxation.
The Beach takes no back seat to any other in the world. It is a stunning tropical beach. Five km southeast of VOC Galle Dutch Fort of Sri Lanka is Unawatuna, a small (1km), wide & intimate semi circular bay with its picturesque sweep of golden, pristine beach which is terminated by a shining pure white Buddhist stupa (Dagoba) sitting pretty on a green hill. The Beach is enclosed by headland on the other side too. The entire stretch of beach is well sheltered by a sweep of palm-fringed land right behind it
When its monsoon season in the western beaches, the east coast of the island provide the opportunity for all of us to bask in the sun, immerse in the sea & swim & surf with the fine waves. Eastern coastal belt offers long miles of unspoiled tropical beaches & vast areas of untamed jungles.
Arugam Bay is one of the TOP 10 surf points in the world. It is also a pristine sandy beach of stunning natural beauty. Arugam Bay’s proximity to Lahugala National Park & Yala East National Park makes it a unique surfing beach.
Arguam bay is located 320 km from Colombo. Some 60km due east from Monaragala, Arugam Bay is a tiny fishing village 3km south of the small fishing village of Pottuvil (12000 inhabitants) at the remote southern end of the Eastern coast & on the edge of Yala East National Park.
May to October best time for surfing east centred around Arugam Bay.
See surf report http://magicseaweed.com/Sri-Lanka-Surf-Forecast/54/
One of Sri Lanka’s largest lagoons and beaches in the east coast.314 km. from Colombo, Batticaloa is famous for its ‘singing’ fish and picturesque lagoon. Batticoloa became the first Dutch foothold in the island in 1602.
A fine beach in the east coast.The curved Passekudah bay is more compact but still impressively vast.The reef turns the bay in to a calm, blue shallow swimming area.
A finest beach in east coast on the way to Batticaloa 32 km. from Batticaloa, Kalkudah, with its clear calm reef protected sea is ideal for bathing. Passekudah, close by, has a fine bay with clear waters. A popular tourist center with a modern hotel and other facilities.