Renowned for the golden beaches that encompass the island, Sri Lanka has long attracted tourists seeking sand, sun-bathing, swimming, water sports, deep-sea fishing, and diving. Quaint coastal hamlets have expanded to welcome tourists staying in homely guesthouses, mainstream hotels or luxury boutique villas by the sea. Fringed by palm trees, with soft sand and azure waters, these beaches make an ideal holiday location beside the Indian Ocean.
Thriving tourist hotspots, like the beaches of Negombo near the airport and to the South of Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Bentota, Galle, Unawatuna and Mirissa, and in the East Trincomalee, Passikudah and Arugam Bay, are great destinations for our tailor-made tours, or for any type of getaway, with budget-friendly to top-notch luxury accommodation, and they boast many restaurants, bars, and fun activities too.
Koggala Becah – Sri Lanka
WITH WIDE STRETCHES OF SAND OR PALM-FRINGED SECLUDED BAYS, SRI LANKA’S BEACHES ARE LAPPED BY SHALLOW LAGOONS OR HIGH, CURLING WAVES
Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regards as the best surf spot in the country. It’s a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road that parallels the coast. So in other words, the epitome of the laid-back beach scene that first drew surfers and sun-seekers to Sri Lanka.
Arugambay Surfing – Youlanka Travels
Nilaveli, the furthest north of the Trinco region’s two beach resort areas, is more intimate than Uppuveli. Hotels are scattered up and down little lanes off the coast highway (B424) – it’s around six kilometers from one end of the village to the other. If you’re looking for some serious beach time, then Nilaveli could be just the ticket, for the sands are golden and the ocean inviting. Offshore, Pigeon Island offers fabled diving and snorkeling.
Nilaveli Beach – Youlanka Travels
HIKKADUWA BEACH Hikkaduwa is a seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its strong surf and beaches, including palm-dotted Hikkaduwa Beach, lined with restaurants and bars. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish. Inland, Gangarama Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple decorated with hand-painted murals.
Hikkaduwa Beach – Youlanka Travels
MIRISSA Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Welcome to Mirissa, a stunning crescent beach. Modest guesthouses abound and there’s a string of simple restaurants at the back of the sand.
Mirissa Beach – Youlanka Travels
Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings