Sri Lanka's Tropical Beaches

As an island nation located in the tropical Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is framed by stunning coastline, with pristine beaches stretching for miles, and azure waters breaking against rocky outcrops.

Stunning views and vibrant coral reefs

The beaches of Sri Lanka are steeped in local culture and tradition, from the local fishing boats docked on the sands of the beach to the delicious seafood dishes and beachfront temples, all of which make the Sri Lankan tropical beach experience truly unique.

Sri Lanka’s snorkelling beaches

If you have a passion for snorkelling and uninterrupted days of swimming and sunbathing, you should head straight for the calm and clear lagoons of Bentota in the south; the coral reefs of Batticaloa in the east; or west to pretty Negomba, with its mangroves, coconut trees and eerie ship-wrecks.

Beaches with home comforts

For beaches dotted with charming locally-run eateries, visit the popular resorts of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna in the south west. These hotspots combine powdery sands, clear seas and rich sunsets with boutique restaurants and bars.

Sri Lanka’s wild beaches

For something altogether more traditional, head north to the beaches around Jaffna, where bays like Kalpitiya and Casuarina are remote, yet within reach of temples and ancient sites. Alternatively, head to the east coast where the beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli remain pristine, unspoilt and secluded.

With idyllic shores waiting to be discovered – whether you’re sinking your toes into the sands of pretty Mirissa beach or savouring the warm waters of Arugam Bay – Sri Lanka’s tropical beaches offer relaxation and discovery.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Executive

“Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons, each affecting different areas. To avoid the rain, stick to the east and south between October and February, while between May and September you should head to the north and west.”


Destination Manager

“For those who love to be out on the waves, the popular resorts in the south west have sailing dinghies and wild swimming trips on offer.”