Most Beautiful Beaches of Sri Lanka | MacroTraveller

Sri Lanka Beaches

Sri Lanka, also known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, has more than 1500 kilometers of exotic beaches. From charming bays with gold sand to kilometers of beaches with white powder sand and palm trees. Make sure you visit the right beaches in the proper season because otherwise, they are a lot less beautiful.

The good thing about the seasons in Sri Lanka is that it is always good weather on one side of the island. Below you can read about some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. Rent a motorbike there once and look for unspoiled beaches in the area!

The beaches of Sri Lanka are lovely to relax. But even if you cannot sit still all day, there is plenty to do. For example, Sri Lanka is best known among surfers for the perfect conditions. There are numerous beaches in Sri Lanka for beginners, but also for the advanced golf surfer. But which beaches are the most suitable for you now? MacroTraveller put no less than eight beaches in Sri Lanka in a row. Whether you come to Sri Lanka to surf or just want to enjoy the beach, with this list, you will find your way!



Do you have little time? Then take the car/bike towards Bentota. It is a short 45-minute drive from Colombo. It is a more luxurious resort, and you will find fewer backpackers here. You can surf here, but it is probably not the best spot. Surfboards can be rented at one of the hotels. Do you have more experience and more time? Then travel to one of the other surf spots.


Hikkaduwa in southwest Sri Lanka is a real hippie hangout with a lively crowd. One of the most famous seaside retreats on the west coast of Sri Lanka is Hikkaduwa. In high season it can be quite busy, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. There are various surf spots for the novice and advanced surfer. Enough restaurants and bars to entertain you at night and Just outside Hikkaduwa, you will find a shelter for turtles.



Mirissa is a perfect destination. Do you enjoy beautiful beaches, surfing, good food and a party in the evening? Then go here! You will find here a mix of vacationers and accommodations in different price ranges. There is a reggae bar where you can eat deliciously and of course, enjoy a beer with Bob Marley in the background. For surfing, you go to Weligama which is about 15 minutes away by scooter.


Weligama is one of the best spots to catch your first wave, but there is plenty to do for the advanced surfer. Due to the location of a bay and beach break the conditions are mellow. You can walk into the sea a bit, making it ideal for surfing. On the beach, there are plenty of stands where you can rent surfboards. It is also possible to book surf lessons there. Surfers who stay in Weligama are already in the water at sunrise. There is usually little to do in the evening. Do you want to go out? Then go to the adjacent Mirissa.


A surfers paradise for the seasoned golf surfer. Midigama is known for its famous left break. It is a reef break, so you will find many sharp stones and coral here. The beaches are beautiful but narrow. In this area, you will find many surf accommodations and surf camps. But besides perfect waves, there is not much to do. Are not you a diehard surfer? You will probably be better at a different location. But do you live for surfing, this is recommended.


One of the gems on the south coast is Hiriketiya. Not only surfing is good, but it is also located in a beautiful bay, also called Horseshoe Bay. There are some guesthouses here on the beach where you can stay. There are also restaurants, and you can rent surfboards or take lessons. Is the accommodation in the bay above your budget? Then take a look at Dickwella. From here you walk in 20 minutes over the beach to Hiriketiya.


Located in a secluded bay and surrounded by palm trees and beautiful golden sand. With a beach break for the novice surfer and a point break for the advanced surfer, there is something for everyone. Here is also one of the famous surf camps.


‘Una’ is the busiest beach in the south, but there is still a very relaxed atmosphere. A beautiful sandy beach; swaying palm trees and a rough sea! In this bay, you will find relaxed beach bars with good reggae music and cheap beer. In the evening you can enjoy a beautiful sunset, go for a romantic meal in one of the many restaurants and you can have a drink.



The northeast of Sri Lanka is not at all crowded and therefore this is also the place to completely relax on the pearly white beach of Nilaveli that seems to slip away from a holiday guide. A cocktail in your hand and dream away in this exotic piece of paradise on earth!


Arugam Bay is the most famous surf spot on the east coast. There are various spots for beginners to advanced surfers. In the high season, there are many bars and restaurants. There are also parties organized in the evening. Arugam Bay is then extinct, but it is probably worthwhile to visit. A fantastic place to just hang out on the beach and also in the evening, there is plenty to do here. From sitting comfortably by the campfire to a great night out at a party!

Best Travel Time for a Sri Lankan Surf Holiday’s!

Planning to tour Sri Lanka for your surf vacation? From November to April the waves are best in the southwest. Please note that it can be bustling here in December and January. The surfing season in the east runs from May to October. In short, you can surf the whole year in Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is an island so that you will find beaches around the island, each with its character and different conditions for the beginning and advanced surfer.

Sri Lanka Beach: Fine and Tropical Experience!

The beaches in Sri Lanka are gorgeous to spend one or more days. Palm trees surround the beaches and give you a tropical feeling. Whichever beach in Sri Lanka you visit, you will have a wonderful time!

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