Sri Lanka is a land of Sun and Sand. Over one thousand kilometers of palm- fringed sandy beaches encircle the Island. The beach resorts are scattered all over the country and offer a range of destinations to chose from. Srilanka 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.
The most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches can be found in Bentota (South West) a thriving tourist resort with many hotels. However tucked away are many private boutique hotels like Taru Villa, River House and Club Villa that enjoy pools and awesome beaches. The South Coast has pockets of wide beaches Nov – April and lagoons for safe all year round swimming but generally the South coast suffers with the seasons and many beaches narrow off April – October. However, it does boast the best snorkelling reefs in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna.
Unawatuna and its surrounding beaches are very narrow, but there are excellent snorkelling reefs. There are a number of secluded and quiet bays along the south coast which kiss the gardens of private villas like Southpoint, Apa Villa, The Beach Hut and If Villa.
Other beautiful sandy beaches are as follows:
Nilaveli Nilaveli-situated at a distance of 271 km from Colombo-is a prime beach resort on the East coast. The beach has ample water sports facilities including fishing and sea angling. Nilaveli is ideally suited for sun bathing and diving. A few metres from the coast is a small rocky island good for snorkeling.
Trincomalee Situated 250 km from the capital Colombo, Trincomalee is a natural harbor. Horatio Nelson, the British admiral of the 18th century had described Trincomalee as the finest harbor in the world. Trincomalee offers some of the best sea bathing in the country. In the northern stretch of ‘Trinco’, known as Nilaweli,
Unawatuna Unawatuna, near Galle is a beautiful wide curving golden beach. The beach has been acclaimed amongst 12 best beaches in the world. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it safe for bathing. Rumasssala, a rocky outcrop projecting into the sea at Unawatuna is connected to the legend of Ramayana.
Mirissa is a sleepy southern town which boasts a fabulous beach and very few tourists. Mostly Guesthouses and worldwide travellers discover this corner but we have discovered a few magnificent villas which are on the cliff overlooking Mirissa beach (just 20 mins away). Cinnamon Mount and Point Sud are in the premier league of villas and are ideal for large groups/ families.
Further East still you will arrive at Tangalle on the South corner which is less commercial but the home to many private and exclusive villa. The East Coast has some beautiful beaches and an April-September season, but the tourist areas of Trincomalee and Aragum Bay are still slightly underdeveloped. If you wish to enjoy soaring hot temperatures, world-class surfing, great diving and simple living, then the East Coast is very up-and-coming.
Negombo and Unawatuna are well-established family beach resorts though slightly more commercial. However, Negombo can be overcrowded with fishermen and touts, and the seas can be rough.