Golden sun kissed stretches of sand unfold the turquoise waters of the sea lapping against the shore. Being an island, Srilanka has over 1,340km of well-known coastal towns to hidden inlets and coves. The southern coast of the most popular of them all with each destination owning distinct characteristics. Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna (voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world by Discovery Channel), Jungle Beach, Mirrissa, Tangalle and Weligama are popular, relaxing atmospheres with lively nights where the choice of accommodation ranges from boutique hotels to star class luxurious properties.
Moving towards the east and north-east coast; Nilaweli, Passikudah, Kalkudah and Arugambay are some of the finest beach destinations where the latter is listed as one of the top 10 surf spots in the world. Climate-wise Srilanka is a convenient year-around destination as it experiences 2 monsoons that occur in opposite halves of the island at different times.
The north coast offers virgin beaches fringed palmyrah trees and shallow waters of Casuarina Beach and the wild unforgettable sand dunes of Manalkadu.
Closer to the cosmopolitan part of Srilanka Mount Lavinia Beach, which has an exciting stretch of swanky restaurants and the iconic Mount Lavinia Hotelitself. Enjoy the golden hour by the beach as the sun sinks inti the glittering waters and bring an end to yet another day.
Further ahead the Beaches at Wadduwa, Kalutara and Bentota are also great coastal destinations which makes for the perfect weekend getaway.