Beautiful Tranquil Beaches – Sri Lanka! Spending summer at the beach is about as travellers as you can get. So I thought I would put together a short list of tips so you can have the most fun on your next trip to the beaches in Sri Lanka.
Beautiful Tranquil Beaches – Sri Lanka: South coast
Located on the south-west coast of the Galle District, Bentota is famous for its turtle hatchery on Induruwa Beach, toddy production (a coconut drink with alcohol) and watersports.
Locals also practice the ancient healing art called Ayurveda, (a holistic healing approach dating back to 3,000 BC), so relax on Bentota Beach and visit an Ayurveda center for whatever ails you. Garden and architecture enthusiasts will definitely want to check out Lunuganga, which was created by the widely known Geoffrey Bawa and is described by many as a ‘garden in paradise.’
There is also a vibrant night-life ( See Hikkaduwa Night Life) for all of the local and international surf enthusiasts to enjoy.
Rampant over development and the wrong forms of planning have left Hikkaduwa in a state of shock, but many feel the town is on the rise again and can learn from its past.
Beautiful Tranquil Beaches – Sri Lanka: East coast
Arugam Bay :
This is the perfect place for surfers. Has been a mecca for international tourism for quite some time.
Arugam Bay is also close to the gorgeous Kumana National Park, making this a great spot for the many lagoons and outdoor beauty. Enjoy one of the wonderful safaris!
South on the coast and about half an hour north of Trincomalee is the sandy beach and resort town of Nilaveli.
This is known to be one of the nicest beaches and just off the coast from Nilaveli is the Pigeon Island National Park, with gorgeous coral reefs making it a great spot for diving.
Or commonly referred to as Trinco, is built on a famous natural harbor making it a strategic point and sadly enough, a magnet for conflict.
The city is saturated with military, religious and cultural history.
Makes for a perfect day trip in-between some of the beach and water activities.
Trinco has two well-known temples, the Koneswaram Temple and the Bhadrakali Amman Temple, in addition to Fort Fredrick (this is an old Dutch fort located on the peninsula east of the city center).Uppaveli beach is really quite nice and less than 10 km north of the city.
A popular tourist and beach town with a shallow coral reef, attracting an array of exotic fish. The shallow waters make it great for snorkeling.
Beautiful Tranquil Beaches – Sri Lanka: North West
Once ruled by the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, today Negombo’s identity is more of a casual and slow-paced beach town. There are beautiful reefs right off the coast for diving enthusiasts and also cultural heritage sites consisting of old forts, churches and temples.
Just a bit north of Negombo is Marawila, another beautiful beach town with a relaxed vibe and many great places to stay. There a coastal road offering breathtaking, oceanic views. Marawila is also known for its local coconut cultivation.
Known as a gorgeous fishing town and marine sanctuary, Kalpitiya is located just a bit north in the Puttalam District.
Spanning 14 different island’s, diverse habitats such as dune beaches, salt marshes, mangrove swamps and bar-reefs create one of a kind environment for a nice family outing.
Partake in some watersports, kite-surfing (famous for kite-surfing) or do the backstroke with some dolphins. Kalpitiya is famous for its dolphin population and if you visit between December and April you will be able to spot some Sperm whales and the occasional Blue whale.