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Sri Lanka is a paradise island offering visitors incomparable beach holidays. With the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean gently lapping its pristine shores, Sri Lanka’s beaches are covered with soft warm sand. Home to tropical fish and living corals the waters surrounding Sri Lanka are warm thanks to the tropical climate the island enjoys. With over 1600 km of beach on offer, all you have to do is come to Sri Lanka and spend hours of fun in the sun.
Unawatuna Beach is lovely and picturesque, semi-circular stretch of golden sands boarder with coconut palm trees located 4km's southward around the coast of Galle where is paradise for all who desire to listen to the silence of the sea and dive deep into the blue waters of the ocean. There is a reef protecting the beach, which makes it perfectly safe for bathing and this beach is voted as one of the "top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world" by the Discovery Channel and Mark Ellingham, the founder of 'Rough Guides'.
Weligama to Tangalle Bay
From Tangalle Bay to Weligama is a beautiful coastline with rugged rocks, sandy beaches and coconut groves. Rated by Forbes magazine as amongst Asia's Best Beaches. In fact a lovely place where local fishermen have adopted an almost unique way of fishing, located on the sri lanka's picturesque south coast. As you approach Weligama along the coast road east from Galle will encounter Sri Lanka's famous stilt fishermen. Each fisherman has a long pole with a crossbar that is stuck in the seabed close to the shore. The fishermen wade or swim out to these poles at times when the sea and fish are running in the right direction.
Located about 314km from Colombo and it is a wide beach very popular as a surfing destination. In fact due to coral reef it is being home to an abundance of tropical fish affords delightful snorkeling opportunities. Not only Arugam Bay beach, because of surroundings brings about loveliest sceneries that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes. The very first international surfing competition was held by ISA (International Surfing Association) in the summer of 2004 and the surfing season in Arugambay is from beginning of April and ends of October.
Pasikuda & Kalkuda
Pasikuda & Kalkuda are untouched beaches in the east coast of Sri Lanka close to the town of Batticloa. Their white sands, calm water & Sheer beauty remain unrivalled. Due to 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami & Sri Lankan Civil war tourist numbers have declined. But since Pasikuda is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow Coastline in the world it's getting popular as a tourist destination among foreigners as well as locals.
Trincomalee – Nilaveli and Uppaveli
One of the natural deep water harbor in the world located 257km north east from the Colombo. The Bay of Trincomalee's harbor 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.
On the North East Coast of Sri Lanka, Nilaveli is a pristine covered with white sands and gentle waves slip softly to shore and is the ultimate getaway for those who wish for quiet bliss on a tropical heaven, far away from the cares of life.
Uppaveli is one of beautiful, sensible and calm beach closer to Trincomalee with plenty of fairly comfortable accommodation options.
Fringed by a coral reef off Nilaveli in Trincomalee is the Pigeon Island, one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, situated 1km off the coast of Nilaveli. The reason that makes Pigeon Island National Park more unique than the rest of the national parks the country has to boast of is that it´s the only national park to harbour a colony of the most beautiful Blue Rock pigeons. The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka.
A stretch beach recently developed in the Kalpitiya , north western coast of Sri Lanka as a point for off-shore Whale Watching and Dolphin watching at Kalpitiya. In fact there are range of water sports as such sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and snorkeling are being offering.
Negombo is mere 07Kms from the Bandaranaike International airport, located at the mouth of Negombo lagoon; set amid lush grove coconut palms feels the real spirit of the sea. Outrigger canoe and the catamaran used as fishing vessel still can be seen and also has a small port.
Beruwala & Bentota
Major exotic beaches located on the Colombo Galle road about 65km from Colombo and separated by Bentota river. A lagoon set in the tropical greenery, River Bentara Ganga dotted with islets rich in birdlife. Rich tourist destination with lots of luxury resorts with spa facilities to meet clients' expectations for ayurvedic treatments and other health and beauty treatments. Not only relaxing here is a prominent place offer watersports including swimming, water skiing on the rivers or estuaries, snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, parasailing and fishing.
Kosgoda beach is one of popular tourist destination in Southwest where can visit lots of Turtles. At night marine turtles come ashore, dig a hole and lay their eggs, covering them up before heading back to see. To avoid predatory acts, several private turtle hatcheries have been set up along the coast. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year
The town of Hikkaduwa has come to be known as the Bohemian paradise. Apart from its fantastic beach that has earned world class reviews, the town itself has become any young travelers dream. Speckled with countless cafes and restaurants dedicated to global & fusion cuisine, numerous beach clothing boutiques and a fascinating selection of Jamaican style night clubs, the town fondly refered to as ‘Hix’, has grown to be one of the biggest crowd pulling towns on the island. Surfing and diving lessons are available all year round and the glass bottom boat rides will give you a thrilling view of the reef. The Hikkaduwa Festival held in July combines a drum festival, international DJ’s and a complete beach carnival atmosphere, over a period of a week. But beware, to many tourist the chilled-out atmosphere of Hix has been enough reason, to never leave.
The secluded crescent-shaped beach found toward the Southern tip of the island, may be one of the most relaxing beaches in the world. The majority of the beach guest houses and villas are built a short walk away from the sea, leaving the beach and its scenery uncluttered and refreshingly unspoiled. Natural clear pools of water have formed at various points and tropical fish are found swimming even in the shallowest waters. A majority of the hotels and villas offer relaxing Ayuruveda treatments and remedies. It’s the perfect get-away for a peaceful, soul-searching experience and beach is simply therapeutic.