Longing for some inspiration where to treat yourself to some well-needed time off? Look no further because we’ve got you covered as we take a trip to Sri Lanka to review some of the best beaches in this picturesque paradise. Grab your passports, ladies and gents.
A low key destination, Tangalle Beach is minimal in tourism but offers a whole range of cultural activities to partake in. As well as the beautiful sandy shores, there are many nearby attractions to explore, including the magical shrines of Wewerukannala or the stunning rock temples of Mulkirigala.
TAC Tip: If you’re tired of the beach, be sure to check out Tangelle Lagoon. You can walk or take a canoe around this beautiful area, full with exotic wildlife and trees. The Lagoon is particularly beautiful at sunset, so stick around to watch the day draw to a close.
Situated in the southeast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is famed for having some of the best surf breaks in the country. Even if you aren’t a surfing enthusiast, coming off season (May to August) means that it isn’t as busy which means you can indulge yourself in this scenic setting and have plenty of opportunity to soak in the sunshine without the worry of the hustle and bustle of tourists.
TAC Tip: Not an expert surfer? No worries, Amigo Surf School will sort you out. Known for their friendly teachers, you’re sure to feel at ease as you take to the waves with some of the most experienced surfers in Arugam Bay.
All relatively close to Trimcomalee, these three beaches are all close in distance from one another if you feel like beach hopping. Each beach has a charming atmosphere with a friendly, local feel that is sure to make you feel comfortable and relaxed in your surroundings.
TAC Tip: If you want to make Trimcomalee your base camp, try staying at the Amaranthe Resort. It’s a great spot if you want access to the beaches and has a wide range of luxurious suites and rooms to choose from.
Just south of Unawatuna is Wijaya, a smaller stretch of beach that is perfect for a luscious stroll. Clamber onto the large rock formations and settle for a perfect view of the stunning views of sunset, whilst the soothing sounds of the ocean create a lullaby guaranteed to satisfy that travelling lust within you. Also known as Turtle Beach, you can look forward to meeting a few of these majestic ocean inhabitants!
TAC Tip: You can’t go to Wijaya without checking out the famous rope swing that hangs from one of the luscious palm trees along the coastline on Dalawella Beach, only 500 metres south. 3, 2, 1… smile!
Mirissa Beach has vibes that the most avid of Instagrammers dream about – think a sprinkle of chill and a pinch of paradise. This is the ultimate get away for any aspiring traveller whose travel goals include lazing around a beach with flowers in your hair or practising your best zen poses on the sand at sunrise. Set up in front of luxury boutique hotel Casa Colombo Mirissa for the best spot!
TAC Tip: Unroll that yoga mat and get ready to strrrrretch in one of the most chilled out places in Sri Lanka. Mirissa Yoga holds regular classes at Palm Villa on a quiet corner of the beach, designed to help you meditate and relax in a beautiful, picturesque setting.
The longest stretch of beach in Sri Lanka, Koggala Beach is located fairly close to the popular Unawatuna Beach. Koggala, however, is a lot less crowded and promises its beach-goers a more tranquil experience. Sit back and relax as you take in all the sights of the Indian Ocean on the warm sands at Koggala. What could be better?
TAC Tip: Peaceful and charming, the Koggala Beach Hotel is a dreamy way to spend your time when you aren’t lazing around on the sun kissed spots of the beach. Feeling adventurous? The hotel also offers you the chance to take part in organised water sports.
Sometimes referred to as the last untouched beach in Sri Lanka, Tallala Beach has a serene quietness about it that makes it one of the best kept secrets on the south coast. Surrounded by bended coconut trees, the curve of sand is practically untouched and is the perfect location if you don’t want the hustle and bustle of the typical touristy beaches.
TAC Tip: If you are travelling in a larger group, take a look at the luxurious Talalla Bay Beach House. The house is a large space with five bedrooms available, along with the added extras of a personal chef, direct access to the beach and two airy lounge areas.
Hikkaduwa Beach is an alluring spot that is known for its beautiful coral reef, as well as its enchanting sandy shores. This isn’t just your standard relaxing beach location though – there are plenty of fun activities at hand. You can enrol in diving school, learn how to surf or help with hatching turtles. Take your pick!
TAC Tip: The JLH Restaurant is one of the best eating spots in Hikkaduwa. Overlooking the beautiful stretch of sand that is complimented by the sparkling ocean, the restaurant prides itself on its open setting that allows you to take in the view whilst you eat the most delicious seafood around.
A quaint coastal market side town, Dickwella is the ideal beach location for couples who want to spend some quality time together. Fairly isolated, Dickwella is a place of pure tranquillity that is known for its calm waters, marvellous eateries and high class resorts; a sure fine way to satisfy your other half. #honeymoongoals
TAC Tip: A dreamy spot for any loved up couples, Underneath The Mango Tree is a plush resort that has a variety of packages that you can indulge in, including spa deals and honeymoon specials.
Take a trip to Weligama, an Asian fishing village located east of Galle. Think spotless white sand, clear blue ocean and an adventure waiting to happen – be it getting to know the locals, tasting the traditional seafood cuisine or climbing palm trees to get the perfect shot, Weligama is definitely worth a visit.
TAC Tip: With a beautiful beachside restaurant attached, W15 is a prime spot for any visitors who want a bit of luxury on their trip to Weligama. With notoriously friendly staff and some great scenic views, W15 is a treat for any traveller.
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