Why Sri Lanka Is a Great Beach Destination

Sri Lanka isn’t the first place on everybody’s mind when thinking about where to take their next beach vacation, but it has gorgeous beaches and a large investment in tourism means resort facilities are better than ever. 

Travellers from the UK should check if they need a visitor’s visa for Sri Lanka that can easily be requested online through websites like srilankavisa.org for example, and it's best to always check the Foreign Office advice if travelling for safety in light of the attacks in April 2019. Sri Lanka is slowly recovering and accepting tourists once again and needs all the support it can get.

If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka in the future or need to know more about why you should consider it for your next beach destination read on.  
I thought I’d share a few of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and what makes them so special. For what to pack check out globosurfer.com for beach products and reviews. 


Located about 90 miles south of Colombo, Unawatuna is one of the most sought after beaches in Sri Lanka. It is not a large beach, and you can walk along the small bay with soft sand at Unawatuna in under 15 minutes. It is an accessible beach without many underwater hazards, where you can easily pass an afternoon on the beach, go snorkelling and simply soak up the sun. As such, it is a great spot to visit for family travel.


Mirissa is particularly popular amongst budget travellers and surfers. With a strip of brown sand and beachside amenities such as guesthouses and beach restaurants, you can easily pass some relaxing time here. It is also a spot to visit for whale-watching, and sometimes dolphins can be seen, as well. If you want to wade out into the water a bit from the main shoreline, you can reach a rock island where you get a different perspective of the gorgeous view.


Hikkaduwa is a wide beach that follows the main highway, set up to accommodate visitors with beach chairs during the high season. Though this isn’t a particularly charming beach, it has everything you need, plus surfing lessons for beginners! Plus, if you simply want to stop off here before heading further south to another beach, it makes for a great place to stretch your legs and take a dip in the water.


Weligama is mostly known for its surf camps and calm beach setting. You’ll find fishermen, fishing boats, fresh seafood, and Taprobane Island here.

Hiriketiya Beach and Dickwella Beach 

Hiriketiya Beach has a small horseshoe-shaped bay that may even be too busy to find if you visit later in the afternoon. Dickwella Beach is located close by, only about a 30-minute walk west. Although Dickwella Beach may not be quite as charming, it does have more space and if you can’t find a spot at Hiriketiya Beach or you simply want to be somewhere a bit less crowded, it is a great spot to go to.

All of these things can culminate to the perfect exotic beach getaway from rainy winter skies and cold fog… and with the cold season upon us, I am dreaming of a Sri Lanka visit in the future. 

For more travel inspiration check out my other blog www.flydriveexplore.com 

*written in collaboration with Emily J 


  1. I'd love to visit Sri Lanka. One of my former work colleagues comes from there and always told me I should visit.

  2. Sounds fab I love beaches and Sri Lanka's is a dream destination.

  3. I have never been to Sri Lanka but it looks like a beautiful place to visit. The beaches are georgous. Vicky

  4. I'm so pleased to read your post on Sri Lanka Melissa! We're considering visiting there along with the Maldives for our honeymoon in 2021 so I'm drinking in all the information I can at the moment and it sounds wonderful!

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