The beaches of Sri Lanka are truly outstanding. Regardless if you are into swimming, surfing, diving or just sun-bathing Sri Lanka got it all.
Surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka offers but not only exceptional diving opportunities, with shipwreck dives of special interest, but many other kinds of water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing or whitewater river rafting.
37km. north of Colombo and 6 km. from the International Airport,
Negombo is an ideal fishing town as well as a paradise for the
seafood lovers. You can enjoy watching the old world fishing crafts
like the outrigger canoes and the catamarans bringing a variety
of marine fishes like seers, skipjacks, pomfrets and amber-jacks.
In the lagoon lobsters and prawns are caught and served as fascinating
delicacies in the restaurants.
Additionally Negombo is known to have some of the widest beaches in Sri Lanka
Just 12 km. south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is the most popular
beach because of its close proximity to the capital. It is situated
beside a wind swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian
Ocean. The Governor's House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland,
now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. You can not
afford to miss this place out!
56 km. south of Colombo, Beruwela beach is the starting point of the
130 km.long stretch of beach. In the past few years great strides
have been made in the field of resort development in this area.
The bay around remains ideal for bathing almost for the whole
Aluthgama Facing sea, lagoon and river Aluthgama
is offering water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. While swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea,
you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon.
The Bentota Resort Complex is an ideal romantic beach holiday
with a teeming growth of hotels, shopping arcades and cafeterias.
There is also an open air theatre which shows folk and mask dancing.
It is located 62 kms south of Colombo.
It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating
underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable
depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just
get hold of a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and
plunge into the ocean! Hikkaduwa is 98 kms south of Colombo.
116 km. south of Colombo, Galle is town of prime importance in
the southern part of Sri Lanka. It has an an old-world charm
pervading its air. Its natural harbor was a famous fort in the
days of yore. Today, the place holds fame for its Dutch fort,
lace making, ebony carving and gem polishing.
Unawatuna is a beautiful and quiet beach resort just 5 km south of Galle. While Unawatuna suffered heavily in the Tsunami of 2004
it was rebuild quickly and the hotels and guesthouses are open
again for all travelers in search of a uncrowded beach
Weligama, Mirissa, Matara
The coast to the South of Unawatuna, especially between Weligama, Mirissa and Matara, is still untouched by mass tourism and offers beside laid back villages and secluded beaches some of the best surf spots on the island.
In this area the famous (original) stilt fishing men still can be found.
Tucked away on the South Eastern coast of Sri Lanka - about 300
kms. from Colombo, is the lazy little fishing village of Arugam Bay
- richly endowed with a beautiful stretch of ocean and vast expanses
of deserted beach. For many years a popular sea side holiday resort
for local travelers, Arugam Bay has grown in the last twenty years,
into a big attraction for lovers of the surf, who coverage on
it in numbers from different parts of the world.
14 km. from Trincomalee, Nilaveli is a water sports hub. Fishing,
angling, water skiing, snorkeling- all are here for you. You
can even have close encounters with the leviathan in the sanctuary.