Sri Lanka has been in the spotlight for many reasons lately, branded as a getaway for the rich and famous, an undiscovered escape from places like Cancun and Bali but mostly for the mighty range of landscapes from rainforests to white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. This beauty doesn’t come empty however, the thousands of years of cultural heritage and history will ensure your stay here feels meaningful and grounded. Direct flights from hubs all over the world are available to bring you to this island paradise.
First things first, where to stay. You can tour the entire country, beach hopping and enjoying the vast splendours of nature as well as the rich culture and decadent lifestyle but to have a true home away from home makes a holiday something special and not just a trip. There are so many beach villas in Sri Lanka to choose from when planning a holiday to the most beautiful island in the Bay of Bengal. Expansive bedrooms, luxury baths, private pools and a gourmet kitchen for your private chef are all waiting for you to make the most memorable holiday ever.
An up and coming popular spot for tourists to get away from the up and coming popular spots. That sounds strange, but Dikwella is that spot. If you’re looking to escape the development and resorts of the west side then Hiriketiya beach on the south coast is more for you. A quiet cove with a beautiful beach surrounded by great places to relax, spend your time and eat. You can’t go wrong.
Mirissa Beach is the place to be to spot the massive and majestic whales that circle the island. With the jungle as your backdrop and clear clean water before you this beach is ideal for swimming and surfing. However mostly people come for the whale watching as the local community has geared all development towards this past time.
Many whales can been seen at a good distance from shore although there are also tour boats that can take you closer. Although this feels more like a hunt than a passive watch.
Bentota beach is one of the best beaches because of all it has going for it. It sits on the west side of the island but runs south from the stunning Bentota Lagoon. The lagoon is the water sports centre of Sri Lanka. The calm cool waters make for an enjoyable time kayaking and jet-skiing, paddle boarding or snorkeling. Be sure to arrange a tour of the tangled mangrove forest by boat it is an unforgettable natural experience. At the end of the beach is the upscale neighbourhood where after a beautiful day at the beach you can have a beautiful massage in a luxury spa.
Arugam Bay, an independent traveler’s delight. From surfers to hippies, travel bloggers to professional photographers this side is where it’s at. A laid back vibe, a good cocktail and a palm tree speckled beach offers one beautiful sunset.
If you’re looking for a Beach that is off the beaten track then this is the one. To the north of Trincomalee on the east coast sits the quaint and quiet village of Uppuveli. One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, a hidden gem, a cozy and calm getaway from beach life and tourists. Because of how close it is to the former civil war zone means this area is still remarkably unspoiled even despite the soft white sand and cinematic imagery of the surroundings. However it is getting noticed. The sleepy town welcomes guests with open arms.