Sri Lanka was once known by another name – golden sands – thanks to its breathtaking beaches. Here are the best of the best and why you should be visiting them.
Situated in the southern coast, Unawatuna is the closest major beach town to Galle. It is also a popular place for the nightlife with beach parties galore.
A picturesque area popular among beach resorts, Bentota is located on the west coast and popular as a mangrove boat safari destination as well as the small but impeccable sandy beach strip.
If you are planning to look into Sri Lanka beach tour packages, you should definitely include Hikkaduwa. Known affectionately to the local crowd as Hikka, this beach is the place to be if you are a lover of beach parties.
If you just want to drop by on a beach on the way to exploring the rest of Sri Lanka, Negombo is on the road from the Bandaranaike International Airport. It is the ideal beach town for your first few days in Sri Lanka or the last ones.
5. Arugam Bay
For surfing it is definitely Arugam Bay. Multi-cultural with surf culture written deep into the local way of life, tour operators like SoulTrek Sri Lanka will recommend this beach for the best waves in the country.