Beach holidays anywhere offer the perfect ‘pick me up’ for tired souls. This has never been truer when it comes to Sri Lanka, a land known for its gorgeous, golden beaches. Here are five of its best beaches that you cannot miss when you visit this island.
Located in the Matara District of the Southern Province, Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Mirissa Beach is a must visit when you are in this island. This is the perfect alternative to heavily crowded beaches in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. There are two moments of the day when you should visit here: sunrise and sunset. The golden stretch of the beach, flanked by the tall coconut trees, adds a strange sense of beauty to the area. It should be one of the top priorities in the list of beaches you intend to visit.
Located about 60kms from the bustling city of Colombo, Bentota Beach is a vast stretch of golden sand. Enjoy exploring the verdant mangrove forests and kayaking around the serene lagoon. Bentota Beach offers a range of water sports activities; holiday makers who are planning to indulge in water sport activities can base themselves in a Bentota beach hotel such as the Earls Reef Beruwala and enjoy jet skiing, water skiing, wind surfing, wake boarding, sailing, banana boat and donut rides.
Unawatuna beach is located close to the historic town of Galle. It is quite famous as a tourist resort and unlike the tranquil ambiance of Passikudah can be quite crowded. Sun worshipers favour the sandy beaches for relaxing although they are a bit narrow. The bay and offshore reef offer good swimming opportunities while the thriving marine life makes it ideal for snorkelling and diving.
Another popular beach is Nilaveli Beach, located in Nilaveli, a suburb of the Trincomalee District Sri Lanka. Everything there seems to add a sense of serenity and calmness to your journey. The sand, golden in colour, and the palm trees along the beach would transport you to heaven on earth.
2 ½ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara district of Dry Zone is the Arugam Bay beach, a well known as a surfing destination. Most travellers you find here are definitely here for that purpose. The large fleet of fishing boats operating on the beach is a hallmark of this region. Most of these boats are goodwill gifts following the tsunami. The bay’s sandy beach along with the coral reef offer shelter to a host of tropical fish
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+