Home to a century old fishing industry, Negombo is found near the entrance to the Negombo Lagoon and features a soft stretch of shore perfect for some fun in the sun. Thrill seekers can try kite surfing and windsurfing, while diving lets you explore the depths of the ocean amidst a colourful array of marine life. For more laidback adventure you can take a ride on a traditional catamaran as well.
A whale watcher’s paradise, Kalpitiya offers an idyllic coastal getaway for the entire family. From bar reefs to sandy beaches and azure ocean waters to mangrove swamps, this sanctuary by the sea is an ideal place to kickback, soak up the sun and enjoy a laidback island lifestyle. Kalpitiya also has the country’s most popular kite surfing school providing adrenaline pumping action at sea.
The beaches of Kalutara are ideal retreats to experience a bit of local culture as well. The many beachside restaurants that dot the coastline are great spots to savour some succulent seafood fresh from the sea, while you can also visit the famous Kalutara Bodiya which has a unique hollow interior featuring ornate painted murals and the basket centre where one can see local crafts people at work.
Nestled along sun-drenched shores, the peaceful fishing village of Bentota is today a true beach lover’s paradise. This coastal locale is also a hotspot for water sports be it jet-skiing, windsurfing, waterskiing or banana boat rides, all of which let you feel the rush of skimming the waves in total freedom. For more outdoor fun take a Bentota River cruise, ideal for bird watching enthusiasts.
Hikkaduwa has one of the best beaches along the South Coast and is home to the Coral Gardens which is a major highlight. While snorkelling & diving amidst clear blue waters and abundant marine life offer plenty of underwater adventure, Hikkaduwa is also known for its happening nightlife and hosts the island’s largest beach festival, Hikka Fest which attracts local and foreign revellers alike.
Lush green palm trees adorn soft sands bordered by azure waters at Unawatuna, one of the best places for a beach holiday. Found a short distance from Galle, Unawatuna can be your base from which to visit enchanting Jungle Beach for a day of lounging by the ocean or for some snorkelling . A fascinating array of shipwrecks off the coast makes for quite the scuba diving trip as well.
A laidback coastal sanctuary, Koggala provides an ideal beachside hideaway in which to enjoy a bit of fun in the sun, sand and surf. Be it taking long walks that will bring you within easy reach of Ahangama Bay, sunbathing on an unspoilt stretch of golden sand or surfing the waves with the wind in your hair, the pleasures of Koggala provide something for young and old alike.
Bright and sunny weather will greet you the moment you arrive in Tangalle. Sun drenched beaches seem to go on for miles on end offering a sandy playground in which to sunbathe or cool off by taking a leisurely swim in the inviting ocean waters that lap the shore. Home to picturesque bays, these areas are mostly uncrowded and provide secluded bliss as you sit back and watch the world go slowly by.