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Sri Lanka has over 1,600 kilometres or 1,000 miles of beautiful palm-shaded beaches as well as warm clean seas and colourful coral reefs.

Southwest Coast

The ideal time to visit Sri Lanka is during November and April.

 Mount Lavinia is a good beach resort located close to Colombo and the domestic airport or 11 kilometres or 7 miles from Colombo.

  Beruwela, located 58 kilometres or 36 miles from Colombo, offers good swimming in the bay throughout the year.

 Bentota, 61 kilometres or 38 miles from Colombo, is a self-contained resort destination, located between the sea and the river.

 Hikkaduwa, 99 kilometres or 62 miles from Colombo, is a beautiful coral reef and beach.

 Galle, 115 kilometres or 72 miles from Colombo, is known for its Old Dutch fort, and is also a centre for lace making, ebony-carving and gem-polishing.

 Tangale, 195 kilometres or 122 miles from Colombo, is a remarkable bay and safe for swimming throughout the year.

 Negombo, 37 kilometres or 32 mile from Colombo near Katunayake International Airport, is Sri Lanka’s oldest and most-renowned fishing village. It sits on a strand separating the sea from a lagoon. The shellfish is a specialty.

East Coast

Travellers should check with the Tourist Board with regards to these areas situation prior to departure.
The ideal time to visit is during April and September.

 Trincomalee, 265 kilometres or 160 miles from Colombo, is a perfect refuge for the beach lovers as it has one of the finest natural harbours in the world and great beaches. All water sports, including fishing, can be found here.

 Batticaloa, 312 kilometres or 195 miles from Colombo, is well-known for its ‘singing fish’ and the Old Dutch fort.

 Kalkudah, 32 kilometres or 20 miles from Batticaloa, is good for sunbathing because the sea is calm, clear and reef-protected.

 Passekudah, near Kaludah, features a fine bay, clear waters and safe swimming.

 Nilaveli, 18 kilometres or 11 miles from Trincomalee, is a resort centre, all beach and water sports.

 Arugam Bay, 314 kilometres or 196 miles from Colombo, 3km or 2 miles from Potuvil, has a beautiful bay and surfing.


Jaffna is 396 kilometres or 240 miles from Colombo, lies at the country’s northern tip. It is known for its Hindu temples, Dutch forts, the Keerimalai Baths, the tidal well and the Chundikulam Sanctuary.

Jaffna has many good beaches, the best known of which is Casuarina Beach. Check with the Tourist Board, Embassy or High Commission whether the area is off-limits to foreigners.
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