With timeless ruins, delectable food and warm locals, Sri Lanka is simply magical. But do you know what else Sri Lanka is known for? Clean and seemingly-endless beaches. Unwind, relax and sip on a drink of your choice, while we tell you about the five beaches you must visit in this neighbouring country!
The only beach in Sri Lanka off which you are not allowed to swim, Yala remains a beautiful mystery. Owing to dangerous currents, swimming or diving in the water is restricted but a walk on the beach with your loved ones will surely be fun. Yala Sanctuary is home to interesting wildlife. Spot crocodiles, leopards and friendly elephants on a safari here.Bentota
Just off Galle Rd, the sleepy town of Bentota proudly shows off the golden sands that make its beach a glorious playground for visitors and locals alike. With boutique resorts for solo travellers and luxurious ones for families, Bentota caters to everyone. Go for a mid-day stroll or enjoy the tiny markets just off the beach; this palm-lined beach is a favourite!
Have free time in hand? Opt for water activities like diving and snorkelling over the nearby reef, or go watch turtles hatch at the turtle research centre, just a short drive south at Kosgoda.
A trip to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Mirissa Beach. Head here for a colourful sunset that will stay etched in your memory for years to come. Want to do something different? Go whale watching, and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a blue whale or two. Stay on till sunset and you might catch a glimpse of the stilt-fishermen by the rocks.
With a long, colourful strip of guesthouses lined up alongside cafes and general stores on the beach, Hikkaduwa is a busy yet cheerful town with a string of mellow beach bars, an amazing list of dive and surf schools. Make the most of your time on the beach by renting a two-wheeler and exploring this paradise.
UnawatunaHead into the wild as you explore Jungle Beach in Unawatuna, tucked deep inside Unawatuna jungle. A short drive in a local tuk-tuk will get you to the stunning beach. Although the first part of the beach may put you off with an alarming number of people and cafés, walk further and you’re sure to spot a secluded spot at which you can unwind and relax. Jungle Beach is the perfect place to go swimming, with no waves or currents. In the middle of the jungle, you’ll also be able to spot a huge and glistening Peace Pagoda, a gift from a Japanese Buddhist monk in 2005.
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