List of beaches in Sri Lanka

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Negombo beach

The following is a list of beaches in Sri Lanka, an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean.


Negombo is a beach town located 7 km (4.3 mi) from Bandaranaike International Airport and approximately 37 km (23 mi) from Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.[1] It is also located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The town's economy is based largely on tourism and the fishing industry, as it is home to wide beaches and a calm sea.[2]

Mount Lavinia[edit]

Mount Lavinia is a city located 12 km (7.5 mi) from Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is considered a middle-class and mostly residential suburb of Colombo. The city is known for its "Golden Mile" of beaches,[citation needed] making it a popular tourism location. Mount Lavinia's name comes from Sir Thomas Maitland who was the Governor General of Ceylon from 1805 to 1811. He fell in love with a local mestizo dancer, Lovina, at his welcoming party on the island and had a secret affair with her for a short period of time.[3]

Alankuda Beach[edit]

Alankuda Beach

Alankuda Beach 150 km (93 mi) is located on the west coast of Kalpitiya peninsula. The village is mostly focused on agriculture, so there is just a few fisherman and the beach is usually wild and empty. Great for walking, swimming, diving, kitesurfing, sunset watching or dolphin and whale watching trips. The beach goes from the Alankuda village upto St. Anne's shrine about 6 km (3.7 mi) north. There are very few settlements on the beach, except Udekki, Dolphin Beach Resort, Palagama and Dune Towers resorts there is nearly no construction.[4]


Kalpitiya is a fishing village that is located on the western coast of Sri lanka 170 km (110 mi) .The beaches are remote and uncrowded The major activities are centered around the lagoon, the wind is suitable for kite surfing and windsurfing. It is also one of the spots from where whale and dolphin watching trips can be undertaken. Kalpitiya can be reached via Colombo Puttalam Rd/A3.


Kalutara is a city located 43 km (27 mi) from Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It has a tropical climate and beaches lined with palm trees. During colonial times, it was a prominent spice trading center, and still contains a historic nature. It is home to the world's only hollow Buddhist Shrine (Kalutara Chaitya)[5] and Richmond Castle, a plantation mansion.[6]


Beruwala is a city located 55 km (34 mi) south of Colombo and 92 km (57 mi) south of Bandaranaike International Airport. It is the first main beach resort in the south western coastal belt and can be reached by the main Colombo-Galle motor road (A2) as well as the Southern Coastal Railway line.[7] It is also a large fishing center.


Dutch fort of Galle

Bentota is a city located 64 km (40 mi) south of Colombo and approximately 101 km (63 mi) south of Bandaranaike International Airport. It is largely a rural area and the land is dominated by tall coconut palm trees. It can be reached by the Colombo-Galle main road (A2) as well as the Colombo-Galle-Matara Southern Railway line.[8]


Unawatuna is a city located 140 km (87 mi) south of Colombo. The beach is semi-circular and stretches approximately one kilometer. Unawatuna is also known for its sea turtle population and tourists are able to witness them laying eggs along the shore at various times during the year.[9] Although Unawatuna suffered heavily in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, it was rebuilt quickly and touristic activity resumed.[10]


Panorama of Mirissa Beach

Mirissa is a beach located close to the southern tip of Sri Lanka, approximately 200 km (120 mi) from the equator,and 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Weligama, a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka.[11] It is crescent-shaped and secluded.[12]


Weligama is a small fishing town located about 30 km (19 mi) east of Galle.[13] It is relatively quiet and is located around a broad bay.[14] The name Weligama is translated to Sandy Village, and describes the surrounding landscape. The beach is also known for its stilt fishermen. Weligama can be reached by the main A2 Colombo-Galle-Matara motor way, the Southern Expressway and the Colombo-Matara Railway line.[15]


Beach at Matara

Polhena is a beach located in Matara and contains a 4 km (2.5 mi) long coral reef about 200 m (660 ft) off the shore. Because of this, the water near the shore is relatively calm and is a common spot for tourists to swim.[16] Numerous people can be seen scuba diving, surfing and sunbathing along Polhena Beach.


Pehambiya Headland, Dickwella Beach

Dickwella beach, also known as Dikwella or Dikwella South, is a small coastal town in the Matara district of Sri Lanka. It is located 22 km (14 mi) east of Matara. Sri Lanka's largest Buddhist statue is located in Dickwella as well.[citation needed] Many people swim along the shores of Dickwella beach because the waters are protected by headlands, reefs and sandbars.


Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Galle. It is Sri Lanka's most developed beach resort, well-known for surfing and sea turtles.[17] The surrounding waters contain a coral sanctuary that is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef. There is also a small collection of small islets off the beach.[18]


Koggala is a small village on Sri Lanka's south coast and is a well-known surfing destination. It is located 130 km (81 mi) south of Colombo. The Koggala River and Koggala Lake are also located in the area. The village is also known for the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum.[19]

Stilt Farming


Tangalle beach

Tangalle is a town located 35 km (22 mi) east of Matara and 195 km (121 mi) south of Colombo. It comprises several bays, including Goyambokka, Pallikkudawa, Medaketiya and Medilla. Tangalle is also known as a common swimming and diving destination. The name Tangalle is believed to be derived from ran-gala or golden rock.[20]


Trincomalee is a deepwater harbor and is home to the beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the off-shore Pigeon Island. It is known as a whale watching destination and the seven hot springs at Kanniya are located only 8 km (5.0 mi) away. The Trincomalee district is considered a major Buddhist cultural and archaeological site.[21]


Nilaveli is a beach resort town in the Trinco region and is only 4 km (2.5 mi) long.[22] It is located 276 km (171 mi) from Colombo and 14 km (8.7 mi) from Trincomalee.


Batticaloa is a major city located in the Batticaloa district of the Eastern Province. The town sits on a strip of land with the Indian Ocean to the east and estuarine lagoons surrounding it. It is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot because of the rich coral along the coast. Batticaloa Lagoon is also known for its "singing fish" near the Kallady bridge, a couple kilometers from the town center. The musical sound comes from a marine creature that resides in the waters of the lagoon.[23]

Pasikudah & Kalkudah[edit]

Kalkudah and Passekudah are two beaches located 34 km (21 mi) north of Batticaloa. Passekudah is a busy tourist spot with numerous luxury hotels and shallow beaches. In contrast, Kalkudah is mostly deserted due to the civil war and 2004 tsunami.[24]

Arugam Bay[edit]

Arugam Point at the Arugam Bay beach

Arugam Bay is located 317 km (197 mi) from Colombo and contains a wide beach with several fishing villages nearby. It is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast. It has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and the fourth best in southeast Asia.[citation needed] Lahugal National Park and Yala East National Park are located within a 10–30 km (6.2–18.6 mi) radius from the Arugam Bay center. Magul Maha Viharaya (Buddhist temple), Kudumbigala Temple (Buddhist temple), Shastrwela Buddhist Temple, Okanda Hindu Temple are all in the area.[25][26]

Casuarina Beach[edit]

Casuarina Beach is in Karainagar, Jaffna District about 20 km (12 mi) from Jaffna of Northern Province. It used to be a popular tourist destination, but tourist numbers have declined due to the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Kilaaly Beach[edit]

Kilaaly Beach, also known as Kilali Beach, is located in the Jaffna District of the Northern Province. The region is very quiet and the beach is largely deserted.[27]


Vankalai is a major fishing village in Mannar, of Northern Province. The beach lacks water activities and is often scattered with trash due to fishing.[28]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Alankuda Beach, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
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  6. ^ "City of Kalutara, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
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  8. ^ "City of Bentota, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ "City of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  10. ^ Go Lanka, Unawatuna Sri Lanka Travel & Accommodation Guide
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  13. ^ Planet, Lonely. "Weligama - Lonely Planet". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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  18. ^ "City of Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  19. ^ "City of Koggala, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  20. ^ "City of Tangalle, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  21. ^ "City of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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  23. ^ "City of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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