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Sri Lanka BeachesThe sun shining beaches of Sri Lanka are aound 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

 

BENTOTA- The beach , coral reef,river and ecology makes a water sports paradise

Bentota beach is one of the best beaches in the west coast, which has he added advantage of the Bentota ganga. Both the beach & the river is ideal for water sports.

 

BERUWALA – Ancient Sea ferers of Arabia used this natural bay

56 km south of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km. stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years. Good bathing may be had in the bay all year round.

 

 

NEGOMBO -Closest Beach to the Airport

Negombo boasts of Sri Lanka's first beach resort. The beach north of the town is a narrow & long. There are plenty of beachside restaurants & hotels for reasonable fees, and many a traveler make Negombo their last stop in Sri Lanka before flying out as it is the closest beach to the Air port.

MOUNT LAVINIA - Closest beach to Colombo and has a colonial touch in the surroundings

Just 12 km. south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is an immediate city suburb and the beach is one of the better known even in colonial times. It lies alongside a wind swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sand is the softest and the waves calm and clear. The Governor's House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.
KALUTARA- A great Beach and River  with water sports and adventure facilities

42 km south of Colombo Kalutara is famous     for it beache as well as for the Kalutara

AHUNGALLA - A fine beach in down south with lots of facilities.

 

AMBALANGODA - An important ecolological mangove environment and mask dancing makes Ambalangoda a special beach city.

A half hour's drive from Bentota is Ambalangoda, home of devil dancing and mask making. The streets are lined with mask shops & a variety of masks and antique masks are available.

 

HIKKADUWA - A  beach with entertaining night life and Scuba Diving

98 km. south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is the place for underwater delight. Site of the famed coral gardens; hire a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and explore the fantasies under your feet.

 

GALLE - A world heritage city with a fine Dutch Fort.

116 km. south of Colombo, is the most important southern town with an old-world charm. Believed to be the 'Tar shish' of the Bible, its natural harbor was a famous fort in days gone by. Famous for its Dutch fort, lace making, ebony carving and gem polishing

 

UNAWATUNA- One of best best places in Sri Lanka with Scuba Diving Locations.

About 5 km south of Galle is the golden beach of Unawatuna. It is also one of the safest beaches in Sri Lanka as it is protected by a reef. Surfing, snorkeling & diving are some of the water sports you can participate here.
All the equipment you need can be rented from many a beachfront place.

MIRISSA - A fishing town and a great place to relax

Mirissa is situated about 4km southwest of Weligama. A small town, a fishing harbor together with a beautiful beach makes it something special.
It is a peaceful beach with crystal clear waters which is ideal for snorkeling.

 

KOGGALA - A great beach in down south where you can see stilt fishing

Koggala is famous because it is the home of great Sri Lankan novelist, Martin Wikramasinghe. The stretch form koggala to Weligama is famous for its "stilt fishing".

 

WELIGAMA - A fine location for a relaxing beach holiday

27 km. from Galle with its picturesque bay, and an off shore islet where a French Count built his dream house, Weligama is where you will see the famous stilt fishermen

 

MATARA- A great beach city with a star shaped Dutch fort

Exactly 100 miles (161km) from Colombo lies Matara, another old fort town built around the Nilaweli river. Matara Fort was erected by the Dutch around 17th centaury. In 1761 the Dutch commander constructed the little star fort, after the attack by the Kandyan army.

 

TANGALLE - A fishery harbor town with scuba diving and a long beach

Situated 195 km from Colombo, this is the ideal location to soak up the sun. The Tangalle rest house is one of the oldest in the country, which was built by the Dutch in 1774. Turtle watching can be done at Rekawewa.

 

HAMBANTOTA - A great fishery harbor and a beach with wild life around.

237km from Colombo, with some magnificent beaches, this is the closest to the Bundala National Park. It is also famous as the home of Leonard Wolf
the  arthur of the famous book 'A Village in the jungle'. You can also find salt making pans in this area.

 

EAST COAST

 

TRINCOMALEE - The eastern beach city has one of best natural harbors in  the world

257 km. from Colombo, Trincomalee is the ideal refuge for the beach addict, with its fine natural harbor and excellent beaches

 

NILAWELI - A great long wide beach with great Scuba diving location

One of the finest beaches in the country. The white sands of beach & the clear waters is a forte here. The beach stretches about 6km up to Uppuweli. Pigeon island is a famous place for snorkeling & diving.

ARUGAMBAY - This eastern bay is great for surfing and Scuba Diving

314 km. from Colombo, a most beautiful bay with good surfing. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography. The many shipwrecks of the coast are a tempting challenge to the diver.

PASEKUDHA - 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.

KALKUDA - 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.

 

BATTICALOA - 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.



NORTH WEST COAST

 

KALPITIYA - Less famous but a great scuba diving location with a lagoon.

 

PUTTALAM - The lagoon and Beach in this town with a Dutch Fort.

 

MARAWILA - This is a calm and quite beach for a relaxing beach holiday.

 

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