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10 Exotic beaches of Sri Lanka that need to go on your bucket list    

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What if you’re sitting on the striking stretch of sand with turquoise blue water tumbling at your feet, and the enigmatic wind hitting your face to make your smile broader? A paradise, isn’t it? Sri Lanka is one of the places where you can live your paradise. Check out these beaches to experience the best ambiance:


Situated on the south coast, the region around Dickwella looks stunning with its clear water and lively waves. Surfing and swimming would be the definite to-do option here. Apart from these, you can stroll along the fishing harbor. Don’t miss the ravishing sunset scenes with your special one.



The perfect choice for the feel of island life is Mirissa. The wavering palm trees confine the convex sandy bay. It has wonderful wildlife around. Whales are reasonably close to the shoreline during December. You can even watch turtles laying eggs.

Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka


On the west coast lies the best spot for relaxation and adventure. The beach is a still haven for kayaking and paddle boarding. Scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the must-try audacious water sports. The suburb also has a collection of good Ayurvedic centers. So, enjoy and relax.

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay, palm-edged, with a laid-back vibe and offbeat, the charming beach is situated towards the southern end of the east coast. Motorboats can be arranged for trips out to the sea in search of dolphins. Lodgings and quirky village guesthouses are available in abundance.


Considered the best beach in Sri Lanka, Unawatuna is approximately 90 miles south of Colombo. The cushy beach can be walked to either end in less than 15 minutes. The beach is not a very obvious option for serious surfers, but the placid waves make it ideal for families with children. Watch clusters of exotic birds and turtles in Jungle Beach.


A colossal beach accommodating all the peak season out-of-towners is located to the north of Galle and Unawatuna. You have to cross the busy road every time you leave the beach. Its brown, clean sand allures the visitors to sunbathe and enjoy the beachy vibes.

Hikkaduwa Beach, Sri Lanka

Passikudah and Kalkudah

The calm water and alluring nature here are perfect for swimming and sea-bathing. From the shore, you can swim up to 200 meters. There are barbecue restaurants that serve fresh seafood on the beachside. Head to the beach just before sunrise and have the glorious view of deep-sea fishermen returning with their catch.



Golden sand-covered and confined by emerald foliage and stacked rocks, Induruwa has proved to be a bucolic beach with picturesque scenery. Two hours from Colombo, you can enjoy the beautiful lagoons and the elegant Yagirala Rainforest.

Induruwa Beach, Sri Lanka



If you are a serious surfer, this beach is ideal for you as there is no fear of sharks. The beach is ornamented with a shallow coral reef which gives the visitors an easy diving and snorkeling experience. Do visit the Weligama lace weaving factory and buy one or more laces.


The beach is home to heavenly soft white sands and the azure water of the Indian Ocean. Marine life is at its utmost charm. Take a 20-minute boat ride to the famous Pigeon Island and enjoy the rock pools and adventurous snorkeling. The best time to visit the luxurious beach is from May to September.

Nilaveli Beach, Sri Lanka

You cannot miss out on visiting Sri Lanka if you wish to experience the beauty of sparkling and spectacular beaches with your loved ones. The ideal time to visit Sri Lanka is from September to March so that you can avoid South-West monsoon rains.

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