Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of the finest places on the globe in which to enjoy a beach holiday. This beautiful tropical island boasts all of the necessary ingredients that assure a delightful sun, sand and surf holiday.
Along the western, south-western and eastern coasts of the country the beaches are welcoming stretches of golden sand; while along the southern coast closer to the national animal sanctuaries, the beaches are intermittent with exotic wilderness and rocky coves. Head to the north and the stark sun-bleached beaches kissed by the azure ocean are sights to set your heart a flutter.
Surrounded by not one but three exquisite bodies of water, Bentota Beach is a dream vacation destination for water sports lovers. As a beach holiday city located within an easy driving distance of the country’s capital, Bentota Beach is a popular weekend stopover for locals as well as expats living in the bustling city centre. Base yourself at a resort in Bentota such as the AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa that has easy access to the city’s key attractions.
Passikudah Beach is located on the eastern coast; it is 35kms from the main town of Batticaloa and is home to a gorgeous bay. The sandy beaches have made Passikudah a favoured holiday resort loved by locals and visitors.
Ranked among the most stunning beaches in the world, Tangalle is home to the iconic Tangalle Bay Beach. Conveniently located within 30km of Matara this captivating and tranquil beach heartland along the southern coastline is another must-visit hotspot for beach lovers.
Kalpitiya is found on the north western coast of Sri Lanka and is well known for its scenic lagoon. Popular as a whale and dolphin spotting location, the beaches here are sandy and quite large. Kalpitiya is a fast developing beach resort and well known for excellent seafood.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.