Sri Lanka, an island floating in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal surrounded by golden beaches and the beaches in Sri Lanka are the best in the world. The most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches can be found .The South Coast has pockets of wide beaches Nov – April and lagoons for safe all year round swimming but generally the South coast suffers with the seasons and many beaches narrow off April – October. However, it does boast the best snorkeling reefs in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna.
Unawatuna and its surrounding beaches are very narrow, but there are excellent snorkeling reefs. There are a number of secluded and quiet bays along the south coast which kiss the gardens of private villas.
Merissa is a sleepy southern town which boasts a fabulous beach and very few tourists. Mostly Guesthouses and worldwide travelers discover this corner but we have discovered a few magnificent villas which are on the cliff overlooking Merissa beach.
Further East still you will arrive at Tangalle on the South corner which is less commercial but the home to many private and exclusive villas.
The East Coast has some beautiful beaches and an April-September season, but the tourist areas of Trincomalee and Aragumbay are still slightly underdeveloped. If you wish to enjoy soaring hot temperatures, world-class surfing, great diving and simple living, then the East Coast is very up-and-coming.
Negombo and Unawatuna are well-established family beach resorts though slightly more commercial. However, Negombo can be overcrowded with fishermen and touts, and the seas can be rough.
Kalkudah and Passekudah
Kalkudah and Passekudah are two very fine beaches in the East Coast. Kalkudah Bay, a 2 km long wide stretch of beach-located 32 km north of Batticaloa-is well protected from the monsoon by an off shore reef. Passekudah Bay is another wide beach 4 km long, just south of Kalkudah. The two beaches form an ideal stretch for bathing, windsurfing and water skiing. The combined area of Passekudah and Kalkudah was declared a National Holiday Resort in 1973.
Arugam Bay is a fishing village located 314 km to the east of Colombo. The town has a sweeping beach and a beautiful bay that is good for surfing. Arugam bay offers numerous possibilities for water sports and underwater photography. The many shipwrecks of the coast offer a tempting challenge to the divers.
Nilaveli is situated at a distance of 271 km from Colombo. It is a prime beach resort on the East coast. The beach has ample water sport facilities including fishing and sea angling. Nilaveli is ideally suited for sun bathing and diving. A few metres from the coast is a small rocky island good for snorkeling.
Trincomalee is a port city situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka, about 110 miles northeast of Kandy. The city is built on a peninsula which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as ‘Gokanna’ or ‘Gokarna’ it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka.
The Bay of Trincomalee’s harbour is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base.
Weligama is a unique Bay and Beach with a wide and long sandy beach located in Mathara district of Southern province close to Mathara 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 hand made lase, Devil Dance Shows and its seafood. Weligama is also a wonderful Scuba Diving and Surfing Location.
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, Roomassagla Hills, Kathaluwa Temple, Galle Fort are nearby interesting places. Although it had suffered heavily in the Tsunami events that hit Sri Lanka and southeast Asia countries, this seaside community was rebuilt quickly, and touristic activity was resumed, giving the chance to travelers looking for an authentic Sri Lankan beach resort to have a unique time.
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.