This splendid island draped with the waters of the Indian Ocean on all sides offers a glimpse of paradise and an array of activities ranging from adventurous to relaxing. Enjoy the many beach activities available in Sri Lanka as you bask in the sun, relax, dive into the ocean for a refreshing dip or discover your daring side by going surfing.
In Sri Lanka, sea bathing is one of the most popular things to do. The western and southern coast beginning from Negombo and extending right up to Hambantota is a neat stretch of about 273km of magnificent golden beach. The best time to bathe on the west coast is around December to March while the southern coast is spectacular between November and April.
If you are in Sri Lanka for a brief stint either on business or for some shopping and you are in Colombo, the Mount Lavinia beach is ideal for quick dip as you enjoy a glorious sunset after a long day outdoors.
The most popular beach holidays in Sri Lanka are centered towards the west and south. Bentota, Mirissa, Weligama, and Tangalle are ideal for an experience of serene, sublime bliss. You can walk miles into the waters where the waters are yet shallow and calm and enjoy the wonders of the magical waters. Unawatuna, just a little away from the Galle Fort, is also a unique experience not to be missed. One of the best 12 beaches in the world, Unawatuna is the perfect place if you want to have some fun in the sun. Most of these beaches also offer activities such as diving, surfing, and body-boarding, including surfing and diving lessons for beginners.
The best time to enjoy beach activities on the east coast is during the months of May to September. Arugambay is a surfer’s beach and ideal for water sports and if you want to have some fun with the waves. There are many ship-wrecks in these waters and it is a beautiful strip for some underwater photography. Kalkudah and Passekudah also in the east coast are phenomenal and boast some of the best waters in the world. The waters are reef-protected and are clear and calm, making it a haven for those who want to simply relax and let go. With its resplendent waters, many beach tour packages in Sri Lanka are centred in the east coast.
Sea bathing in Jaffna is now fast gaining popularity and the Casuarina beach in Karainagar and the beaches at Santhakulam and Thondaimannar are ideal to chill and relax in the waters.