Soft sand, clear blue seas and perfect weather. Sri Lanka’s beaches are some of most beautiful locations in the world. Our little island paradise is perfect for a holiday of just lazing on the beach with a cool tropical drink in your hand or enjoying some exciting water sports by the beach.
We list out 4 of our favourite beaches from the East and South of Sri Lanka that are perfect for a tropical vacation.
1. Nilaveli Beach
About 20 km away from Trincomalee, Nilaveli is known for its beautiful bays and soft, white sandy beaches. In addition to the scenic beauty of Nilaveli’s unspoilt beach, water sports such as diving, wind surfing and snorkeling are popular amongst visitors.
Nilaveli is not limited to its gorgeous beach. If you feel like taking a break from relaxing on the beach, set out and explore Pigeon Island – used by British forces for target practice during World War 2 and now a breeding ground for migratory birds, or Fort Fredrick – an important part of Trincomalee’s colonial history.
The ideal time to visit this untouched paradise is between the months of April to October, when the weather is just right for that perfect tan.
2. Passikudah Beach
Another beautiful beach located in the East of Sri Lanka, in the Batticaloa District, Passikudah Beach is a popular destination amongst local and foreign visitors. The shallow turquoise blue water of Passikudah is the perfect backdrop for a picnic or a quiet day of relaxing under the sun.
Passikudah is also a popular surfing destination, with surfing competitions organized annually. Kite surfing, boogie boarding and sailing are also popular activities.
The months between April and October are perfect for visiting the long golden shoreline and calm waters of Passikudah Beach.
3. Mirissa Beach
Located close to the Southern tip of Sri Lanka, Mirissa beach is a picture perfect location surrounded by coconut palm trees and safe waters, free of rocks. Surfing and snorkeling are two popular activities to take part in during your visit.
One of the major highlights of Mirissa Beach is that it is one of the world’s best locations for whale and dolphin watching. It comes highly recommend by us and is a once in a life time experience.
Mirissa Beach is perfect between the months of December to March and is the ideal place to get away from the cold winter.
4. Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa is located in the Southern Province of the island, and is considered the world’s number two spot for surfing by most. In addition to the beach, the lagoon in the centre of Hikkaduwa is a beautiful safe environment to enjoy some snorkeling. Further south the waters are populated by exotic fish, sea turtles and coral.
In addition to a unique beach culture, Hikkaduwa’s main attraction is its surfing. Surfers from around the world visit Hikkaduwa’s main surfing points every year. Diving in Hikkaduwa is also a must try because of the abundance of unique marine life, guaranteeing an amazing experience.
As with Mirissa Beach, the months between December and April are idea, for a holiday to Hikkaduwa to enjoy the nature and amazing beach culture.