If you love spending time at the beach, then Sri Lanka is the summer destination for you! Below are a few of the island’s best beaches to add to your itinerary.

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Negombo Beach

Conveniently located close to the main international airport, Negombo is a popular getaway on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Beach holidays here are ideal for families and couples alike with snorkelling, kite surfing and beachside dining all on offer along with some truly magical sunsets.

Mirissa Beach

Golden sands and palm tree-lined shores create an idyllic backdrop at Mirissa Beach which is often included on itineraries of tour companies the likes of Steuart Holidays. While you can try some snorkelling and diving here, one of the area’s main draws is its easy access to the harbour where you can set off on whale and dolphin watching excursions.

Hikkaduwa Beach

Apart from lazing on the soft sands of Hikkaduwa Beach, travellers can also look forward to having lots of fun in the water; snorkel above coral reefs, surf the waves or take a ride on a boat with a transparent bottom so you can see an amazing world under the waves. As night falls, look to experience Hikkaduwa’s happening nightlife scene too!

Nilaveli Beach

Located in Trincomalee, this beach with its white sands bordered by azure waters is a place to experience coastal bliss. Once you’ve had your fill of soaking up the sun, take a short boat trip to nearby Pigeon Island and enjoy snorkelling at a marine national park.


Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+