Three popular Sri Lankan beaches that you should experience


An endless coastline is Sri Lanka’s blessing and is why beach lovers from all over the world travel here to experience an idyllic beach getaway. Warm weather, affordable and a friendly atmosphere all add to the appeal of Sri Lanka as a holiday destination. Below are just three of the main beaches worth adding to your list of beaches to experience, if it is your first time to Sri Lanka.

Bentota beach

A bustling beach resort, very popular with visitors. Bentota in down south Sri Lanka, is perfect if you like your beach holiday to be filled with activity. There is always much to do and the atmosphere is inviting and friendly. Though popular and filled with people the coastline is never too packed, so there is plenty of beach area for you to lay out your towel on the warm sand and soak up the sun. There are many eateries around the area that are affordable and convenient, where you can enjoy fresh seafood washed down with a cold beer. Accommodation includes star class hotels, boutique hotels, hostels and homestays. Bentota provides an affordable beach holiday and is perfect if you love combining sun bathing along with sports such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, water skiing, wind surfing and canoeing.

Trincomalee beach

If you are looking for a quieter beach holiday that is all about the sun, surf and sand, good food and plenty of chilled drinks, then Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka is for you, especially the Nilaveli beach area. The sand borders on being white and is very soft while the sea is a shimmery blue and is cool and irresistible. The sea here is not always great for proper swimming but is fine if you don’t mind wading and just enjoying the occasional dip. Stroll along the uncluttered beach and work on your tan. Trincomalee is historically significant and has many interesting places to visit such as the Koneswaram Rock Temple, Fort Fredrick and the Kanniya hot springs. The hotels in Trinco cater to visitors by having amazing seafood on offer that can be enjoyed on the beach itself. The cool sea breeze, romantic sunsets and lulling sound of the waves are yours to enjoy in Trincomalee.

Surfing in Arugam Bay

True it involves a little further to travel, but Arugam Bay in the remote east coast in one of the world’s best surfing destinations, recognized as such by professional surfers from all over the world. It is a true surfer’s paradise offering perfect waves and secluded beaches. Surfing boards are easy to hire and the accommodation is laid back and affordable with guest houses providing a great informal setting. It is a cheerful and relaxed location for days filled with surfing and evenings set for relaxing.

Walk Insight Team
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