Sri Lanka’s beaches still delight today’s traveler. With more than
1,000 Kilometers of sandy coastline to choose from, and a year-round summer with two different Weather systems, visitors will always find golden beaches fringed by coconut palms.
Several West coast beaches can be found north of Colombo close to the International Airport. These include Negombo, Waikkal, Seeduwa, UsWetakeiyawa and Marawila. This region includes an historic town with the remains of an ancient fort, old Catholic churches, Dutch-built canals, local fisherman in their outrigger canoes and tranquil lagoons.
Mt.Lavinia, almost suburb of Colombo, has a popular beach., while resorts further south of the capital can be found at Wadduwa and Beruwala. South of Bentota, the largest number of beach resorts are found in Hikkaduwa, with others at Induruwa, Kosgoda and Ahungalla. Coral reefs of Hikkaduwa attract snorkellers and scuba divers, while several turtle hatcheries give visitors the chance to see efforts to conserve endangered turtles.
There are a few coastal resorts close to historic Galle fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of enormous charm), while further along the south coast, glorious beaches are found at Unawatuna, Koggala, Weligama, DickWella, Tangalle and Hambantota. The pristine beaches of Sri Lanka’s east coast are renowned for their soft white sand, enchanting bays and sleepy lagoons. The finest beaches north of Trincomalee, with a natural harbour, include Nilaveli, Uppuveli, Kuchchaveli, Marble bay, Deadman’s cove, sober and pigeon islands.