Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It’s a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred and everything is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast.
The vibe, the temperature and the waves make Arugam Bay the perfect surfing destination for topnotch surfers of the world. There are various surf spots around Arugam Bay of varying difficulty level, so even beginners will get their money's worth.
Experience and ride through the majestic waves of the ocean as they break in an exhilarating rush!
Come to Sri Lanka and go surfing during May – October, with July and August being the peak period as the surf will be reliable, consistent and most importantly FUN!
If you are not a surfer, there are plenty of other draws: beachfront guesthouses, Oceanside restaurants and a mellow, swing-another-day-in-a-hammock kind of vibe that is totally removed from the brash west coast beach resorts.
Aguram Bay also makes a great base for several adventures in the surrounding hinterland. During the low season (November to April) things get very quiet and some places shut up shop altogether, but it can also be a beautiful time to visit with few tourists and glistening landscapes.
Chilaw is well known for its three “C”s – Crabs, coconuts and ‘Corea’s, the pioneers for the independence movement.
In the early morning, with the rising sun in the background, the deserted beach in Chilaw thrives with action, as the fishermen return home hauling their catch inland. Crabs, prawns, lobsters, cuttle-fish, you name it, they have it! You will find Chilaw a perfect heaven to tease your “sea food loving” taste buds.
The isolated beach in this peaceful fishing village livens up during the month of August with the arrival of crowds of devout Hindus and Buddhists and gathering of Catholics and Muslims alike, for the colorful Munneswaram Festival. Don’t miss the chance to visit the cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which has a history of more than two centuries and legends about the miraculous discovery of the statue of Our Lady.
A living and breathing city of prodigious historical significance, Galle which borders the southern coastal belt, will drown you in colonial charm and splendor from the Dutch era of the 17th century.
When it comes to fortified towns, nothing can compare to the majesty of the standing Galle Dutch Fort, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site. Walking the circuit around the citadel at dusk will be one of the most pleasant experiences of your stay in Sri Lanka.
You will discover several museums and antique shops displaying curiosities from the island’s colonial era and the Groote Kerk (Great church), flag rock, the Bell tower and the old gate with the Dutch Court of Arms will add more splendor to the royal and expatriate appeal of the city.
The Dutch hospital will be any shopper’s dream come true! It was recently refurbished as a striking shopping complex uniting the old world charm and modern sophistication and offers all you could ask for last minute shopping.
Spend your days at leisure at the paradise coastal city of Hikkaduwa. Be welcomed by the cool breeze from the Indian Ocean, the long stretch of sun soaked pearly sands and the blue water gently rolling over beach. Take your surf board and plunge into the waves for some adrenaline high rides! Hikkaduwa offers you the second best surfing spot in Sri Lanka.
Swim out to the open sea and discover the glamour of underwater as the Hikkaduwa coral sanctuary unfolds in front of you with multi colored corals and marine life. For those of you who would rather have your feet dry, ride a glass bottomed boat to the middle of the coral sanctuary.
The perfect stretch of shops for the serious shopper, a number of wrecks and coral reefs underwater for the enthusiastic diver and impressive waves for the surfer, Hikkaduwa offers you the perfect beach experience to shop, swim, dive, surf or laze!
Travel to the North Western peninsula of the island for new adventures!
Kalpitiya is among the best sites for dolphin and whale watching. It is a unique marine sanctuary hosting many creatures of the sea such as pods of whales and dolphins, sea turtles and the elusive Dugong, the “sea cow”. It is home to mangroves, salt marshes and vast sand dunes.
The Bar reef at Kalpitiya is the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka. Ride a boat away from the shores and meet the gentle mammals of the ocean. Dive into the clear water of the sea and explore the marine life under water. Return to the beach and try wind surfing, a popular sport at Kalpitiya and ride on horseback along the sandy coast to witness the glorious sun set!
Pay homage at the sacred Gangaramaya, venerated by Buddhists, decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings and other arts and proceed to the National Museum, a treasure trove of the proud history of the island. Play a round of Golf at the immaculately manicured greens of the Royal Golf club dating back to 130 years or indulge in a massage and spa treatments surrounded by a serene environment.
To end your day, stroll along the ribbon of turf at Galle Face Green bordering the open sea. Wallow in the cool ocean breeze and let the water spray from the waves refresh you. For the playful at heart, take a tour around Colombo at night, when it comes alive with more buzzing and partying!
If you love to chill out on a beach and still be near the capital city of Sri Lanka, Mount Lavinia is the place to go.
Lodge at a star class hotel and savor the fresh gourmet dishes of sea food. Feel the grains of pearly sands under your bare feet while treading along the golden beach and let the cool clear water from the Indian Ocean seep between your fingers. Go diving under water to explore the marine world of vibrant fish and sea anemones.
Delight yourself in the luxury of a well-deserved beach holiday near the heart of the capital, yet away from the hustle and the bustle.
For the ideal and liberal place with luxury, tropical life style, sun, sea and leisure, Negombo is the place to go. The sandy beach and the cool breeze blowing from the Indian Ocean will definitely relieve you of your jet lag (and be a welcoming sight for the bleary eyed) after the journey.
A dash of old world colonial charm still remains lingering in the hidden corners of Negombo such as the Dutch fort and the Dutch canal. The Portuguese influence in the city’s religious upbringing is evident in the churches dotting the road sides and the marvelous paintings on the ceiling at St. Mary’s cathedral.
Negombo is traditionally a fishing community and is home to the country’s second largest fish market famously called “the Lellame”. Hence Negombo is without any doubt a gourmet food lover’s dreams realized! Stroll along the busy markets of the culturally diverse town, experience the interesting lifestyle of coastal Sri Lankans and find yourself enjoying every moment of the colonial charm Negombo has to offer!
Stroll along the snaking beach of miles and miles of golden sand and dip your feet in the cool and luxurious water sweeping over the sandy beach at Nilaveli.
Nilaveli lies along the Eastern coastal belt Of Sri Lanka at Trincomalee and is the most spectacular beach in the island. Trincomalee is the capital city of the Eastern province and has many wonders of its own.
Nilaveli, “the open land of the moon shine”, with its unspoiled coastline and crystal clear water is the ultimate spot for the water babies. Take a dip in the pure blue water under the vast blue sky or lie on the pearly sands under the shade of a palm tree and get the perfect tan you’ve always wanted to have. To top it all off, try diving, snorkeling and more water sports during the ideal months of April and October and relish each moment in the water!
Spend your days walking “in” to the sea, literally! Pasikuda is known worldwide for having the longest stretches of shallow coastline. It is also the safest coast in Sri Lanka and heaven for those who want to frolic with the gentle water.
The soft, golden sand running along the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean is inviting to both the young and the old, to play, to dive or to laze!
Nature Lovers will find much to appreciate in the colorful coral reefs and the marine critters underwater, divers can explore the hidden wonders of sunken ships and water sports enthusiasts or novices can play all day in the sun and surf!
Undisturbed coastline with grains of golden sand stretching for miles along the clear blue waters and the cool breeze coming from the Indian Ocean is the perfect recipe for a sun filled relaxing holiday and Sri Lanka is ready to provide it!
Travel to the south west regions of Sri Lanka hosting the finest beaches with palm fringed coastal belts.
Stop and gaze out as the waves break about the coral reefs offshore at Hikkaduwa, alive with schools of colorful fish and flicking sea anemones. Lie down on the pearly sands at Unawatuna and herald the majestic sun rise and sun set with all its glorious shades of pastel colors painting the sky.
Take a dip in the cool waters at Bentota or let the gentle waves roll over you at Beruwala. Let your inner child build sand castles on the beach of Wadduwa or be adventurous and try your hand at water sports at Tangalle.
This is the ideal definition of Sun and Fun!
Exhibiting fine beaches of shimmering golden sands and deep blue clear waters, Tangalle boasts of a picturesque palm fringed bay offering you the ideal holiday in the sea, sun and sand, the best antidote to life! This land of scintillating sea and basking sun should not be missed when you visit the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, during the period from November through April.
It is a spectacular destination for diving, snorkeling and swimming enthusiasts and the naturalist will be thrilled with the cluster of mangrove swamps and aquatic biodiversity. Tangalle is a natural treasure with something for everybody!
The gently lapping waters at Trincomalee invites you on a spectacular holiday Trinco is home to the fifth natural harbor in the world, a beauty of its own, which had many European powers vying for it. It is on par with the Sydney harbor!
The marble beach decorating the Eastern coast is famous for its waters resembling a white marble on a calm sunny day beguiling you for a swim in the warm waters. Ride a boat to the Pigeon Island and dive under water to see some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka and be smitten with the aquatic splendor! Saunter over to the lover’s leap with your special one and gaze upon the legendary rocks facing the sea famous for the tragic end of a broken hearted damsel and on your way back stopover at the seven natural hot water springs. Walk along the beach or climb up to the rocks near the Koneswaram temple to witness the most remarkable sun rise in your life!
Unwind yourself stretched on the sun kissed beaches of Bentota and Beruwala!
Bentota is nothing like your usual holiday destination, and the beach here is a fold of pristine golden sands along the mighty Indian Ocean. At Beruwala, where the sun soaked palm fringed beach is ideal for you to lie down and laze, is also enriched with safe swimming clear blue waters that caters to fun water sports and exciting excursions setting-up an ideal background for a relaxed holiday in Sri Lanka. Walk the beach at dawn and welcome the rising sun with all its magnificence and in the evening see the sun disappear in the horizon leaving the sky painted a hue of orange and yellow!
The waters are usually delightfully warm which makes Bentota ideal for any water sport ranging from snorkeling, sailing, wind surfing, water skiing and deep sea fishing on a traditional canoe. Bentota is a true dream destination for all the die-hard divers!
For the fresh water lovers, a boat trip in the Bentota River would be perfect! You could also enjoy a walk along the wonderful stretch of impeccably designed landscape at the “Brief Garden”, the former residence of Major Bewis Bawa, a Sri Lankan artist and Landscape designer. What better way to spend your time at leisure?