Beaches of Sri Lanka

 

 
 
BEACHES 
 
 
SUN AND SEA IN SRI LANKA
 
 The soft sound of waves lapping in to the beach, endless strips of white sandy beaches contrasting with deep blue waters must be what’s on your mind when you plan to travel to a beautiful tropical beach to spend a sunny holiday. Whether to set your spirit of adventure free or just to relax and enjoy the tranquil settings, Sri Lanka is the ideal holiday destination. Sri Lanka is endowed with so many beautiful beaches, many an idyllic setting with swaying palm trees bending over the white sand lapped by blue waves and coral reefs that are home to many types of tropical fish. As you travel along the western, eastern or southern coastline, around every bend you will come upon yet another inviting tropical vista, which testifies Sri Lanka, a tropical island as the best place to holiday.
If you’re the active type looking for action, a variety of water sports await you. Snorkeling, windsurfing, angling and sailing are just a few activities if one wants to indulge in water sports. Exploring coral reefs, the beautiful under water flora & fauna is a must when you travel to Sri Lanka. Various types of crustaceans and hydra add to the exquisiteness of a coral reef, which is home to many authentic species. Windsurfing is a popular activity, which brings much fun and tests your competitive skills. Windsurfing races are held mainly on the southeastern coast. Not just water sports, you could socialize with the warm friendly people out there and move to the sunny vibes emitting from this beautiful and tropical culture.
  
 Arugam Bay Beach
  Arugam Bay, 3km (2 miles) south of the small fishing village of Pottuvil, had a reputation as a surfer’s paradise before the area became unsafe due to incidents in and around Pottuvil and on the roads leading to it. It has long, empty beaches and a wide lagoon which is a haven for numerous bird species.
Nilaveli Beach
  14 km. from Trincomalee, Nilaveli was the venue for the 1985 International Fun board Championships and all water sports are available. All water sports are available here including fishing and sea angling. Whale watching in the sanctuary is a specialty.

Hikkaduwa Beach
 
Hikkaduwa is one of the earliest tourist beaches of Sri Lanka famous for its sandy beaches and superb waves for surfing. Once a popular coral reefs at Hikkaduwa are now nearly extinct. There are many hotels and guest houses to suit any budget with varying quality and comfort.
98 km south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is the place for under water delight. Site of the famed coral gardens; hire a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and explore the fantasies under your feet. Do not purchase or encourage sale of corals.
Your itineraries at Hikkaduwa may include hiring a glass bottom boat for coral viewing, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving or simply relaxing in the beach.

Beruwala Beach
  5.6 km of South of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km. stretch of beaches where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years. Good bathing may be had in the bay all year round.

Unawatuna Beach
  west coast of Sri Lanka, a popular tourist destination is a also a breeding ground for turtles. Legend say that Unwatuna was created from a piece of earth from Himalaya, that had fallen from Hanuman in the Ramayanaya epic.
Unawatuna is about 2km away towards Matara from Galle.
Unlike the other resorts to the north Unawatuna is still a very quite place and a excellent location to enjoy the tropical beauty in relative recluse. Ideal for snorkeling and swimming. There are some coral reefs to be explored at near by Rumassala and now becoming popular as a bird watching location.
Unawatuna offers a wide range of accommodation scattered around near by village, but for more luxurious places are few minutes drive from the beach. The beach side bars and restaurants are in abundance.

Mirissa, Weligama & Ahangama Beaches
  Ahangama and Midigama are two stilt fishing locations in the area. The fishermen rest on stilts fixed on shallow water and use rods for fishing. This unique method of fishing is still practiced today.
About 15 kM from Matara towards Galle and 27 km from Galle is a popular resort town of Weligama. Here are many recently built hotels for visitors in search of the sun and sand. The rest house at Weligama is one of the oldest rest houses in Sri Lanka. The Aggrabodhi Vihara about 1 Km from the rest house towards inland is an ancient temple established in the 3 century BC. The temple is mentioned in several ancient literature works in 13th and 14th centuries confirms it’s importance, but had been destroyed by the Portuguese and many of the existing buildings are of recent construction.

Batticoloa Beach
  Batticoloa is surrounded by a large lagoon, home of the famous ‘singing fish’. Certainly in the months of April and September on moonlit nights, you can hear a musical vibration emanating from the waters. Batticoloa is a quiet little place, with a small but well-preserved Dutch fort.

Bentota Beach
 South of Beruwala, Bentota is another major beach resort of the island with many large hotels with beach fronts, beautiful sandy beaches and shallow waters.
There is a popular fresh water lagoon which is a popular water racing location.

  

 
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