LIST OF BEACHES
 
 
WEST COAST

Negombo
A fishing town located 35 km from Colombo and 6 km from island's main International Airport. The beauty of the beach and surrounding star class hotels gave more attraction of tourists.

Mount Lavinia
The place located 12 km from Colombo is a historical city from British colonial period. The Governors House of Sir Thomas Maitland, built in 1805, has become a star class hotel today. The fantastic beach is crowded on holidays with local people who enjoy the beach sports activities such as swimming and surfing.

Kalutara
The place located 43 km from Colombo is important spice trading centre from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. The city also named as one of the sacred city of Buddhist people in the country has large hollow Dagoba (Buddhist shrine) near the River Kalu.

SOUTH COAST

Beruwela
The place located 55 km from Colombo is the starting point of 130 km long southern coast also a main fishing centre.

Bentota
The place located in south of the country, 62 km from Colombo has romantic scenery hotels and popular for wind surfing and water skiing.

Unawatuna
Described as most wonderful beach location by the nature, Unawatuna is one of the best Scuba Diving Locations in Sri Lanka. It is famous beach, Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sea Food in Sri Lankan Style. The Jungle Beach, Rhumassala Hills, Kathaluwa Temple, Galle Fort are nearby interesting places.

Mirissa
Mirissa is a beautiful small rocky beach which is calm, relaxing and almost private. Whales and dolphins watching , Deep Sea Fishing, River Trips, Snorkelling and Bird watching are activities you could do while you travel in Mirissa Srilanka. These days much of tourist specially coming to Mirissa as it's very famous for whale watching. Indian Ocean offs the Mirissa harbour you can watch the whales in November to April season.

Weligama
Weligama is a unique Bay and Beach with a wide and long sandy beach located in Matara district of Southern province close to Matara town. The tiny island once owned by Frenchman Count de Maunay has built a beautiful house on it. The Bay is famous for its remarkable fishermen doing stilt fishing and handmade lace, Devil Dance Shows and its seafood. Weligama is also a wonderful Scuba Diving and Surfing Location.

Polhena
Polhena beach is about 2 km inside to the Matara city. This is ideal place for scuba diving, Surfing, Sunbathing. This is a very famous destination because of the natural swimming pool created by the coral reef. There is not only one beach, It is consisting of bunches of beaches along the coastline.

Hikkaduwa
The place located in south of the country, 100 km from Colombo is the first area to be developed for tourism. The famous coral reef and scuba diving gets tourist's more pleasure there.

Koggala
The place located in south of the country, from 130 km from Colombo, has finest beach and historical Madol Duwa (island surrounded by lake) as mentioned in Sri Lankan literature.

Tangalla
Tangalla is located in down south district of Hambantota few km away from Matara. It is a beautiful and natural palm fringed sea bay and a Fishing Harbour offering great sea food. The long and great beach and the coral reef are best attractions. The Dutch Fort built with corals now used as a prison.

EAST COAST

Trincomalee
Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbour that attracted great sea farers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders China and East Asia from the ancient times. The long and wide beaches offer surfing, scuba diving and fishing and whale watching. This sea town has the largest Dutch fortress of Sri Lanka has the oldest Hindu temple Tirukkonesvaram Kovil in Sri Lanka.

Nilaveli
The place located in east of the country 120 km from Colombo and 14 km from Trincomalee. The natural harbour and beach is one of finest in world. Nilaveli is ideal place for water sports like scuba diving.

Batticaloa
Batticaloa is situated in the east coast of Sri Lanka with a great lagoon and beach with a fascinating culture of the east. The Dutch made their first footstep in Sri Lanka here in 1602. The Dutch fort was built in 1665 is visible near the Batticaloa Lagoon.

Pasikuda & Kalkuda
Kalkuda and Pasikuda are two separate beaches situated nearby in Batticaloa district of eastern province. These are famous for its sand and calm water.

Arugambay
The place located in south east of the country 116 km from Colombo is a fine beach near associated with fishing villages. It has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and 4th best in South East Asia. It also comes with the ten best surfing beaches in the world. Wide sandy beaches and lagoons associated with neighbouring Kumana bird sanctuary are added values for visitors going to Arugambay. Lahugala National Park is Yala East National Park is also located within 10–30 km radius from Arugambay centre. Magul Maha Viharaya (Buddhist temple), Kudumbigala Temple (Buddhist temple), Shastra wela Buddhist Temple, Okanda Hindu Temple are some of places with heritage values. In addition to beaches, wildlife, culture heritage and nature places of interest make Arugambay a unique tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. There is no LTTE threat in and around Arugambay.

NORTH COAST

Casuarina Beach
Casuarina Beach which is in Karainagar, Jaffna District about 20 kilometres from Jaffna of Northern Province. It used to be a popular tourist destination, but tourist numbers have declined due to Sri Lankan Civil War but now it’s perfectly out of danger...And many people can visit there after 3 decades.

Kilali Beach
Kilali Beach situated in Kilali, Jaffna District of Northern Province. It is famous for calm and sand, with local Tamil sea food dishes.

Vankalai
Vankalaiis a major fishing village in Mannar, of Northern Province with a beautiful beach
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