A gorgeous beach south of Bentota Bay Beach, the road & railway line run close to the long & continuous stretch of beautiful coast to arrive at the town of Ambalangoda, from Colombo. The town has a gorgeous beach. Ambalangoda provides a feeling of seclusion & opportunity to explore its long stretch of undeveloped beach.
Ambalangoda is famous for masks and puppets. The traditional masks are carved from light Balsa like Kaduru wood (Nux vomica). The hand carved and hand painted masks in traditional dance dramas are vibrant and colorful.
Arugam Bay is located at the "end of the road" on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. If you´´re after remote rural life with all the atmosphere of jungle and adventure this is the place for you. There is no thoroughfare through the village, and once there it is very hard to leave! The village of Arugam Bay is 5 km south of Pottuvil and on the edge of Yala East National Park. Arugam Bay is a place for surfers, watersport enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados with cheap to reasonable priced accomodation. Unfortunately Arugam Bay is on its way to become a major tourist destination, so you better hurry up while its still laid-back and original.
Arugam Bay is listed as one of the top ten surf points in the world. Situated on the southeast of Sri Lanka , Arugam Bay receives the same Antarctic winter swells that hit Indonesia´s southern shores in the middle of the year. The best time of the year for surf is between May and November when the predominant wind is offshore for at least the first half of the day. Whether you want to dine on the beach with sea views or watch the world pass by from a sidewalk cafe, the cuisine of Arugam Bay offers just what the doctor ordered. A stroll along the main street will take you past many traditional Sri Lankan restaurants serving some of the best rice and curry on the island.
Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon.
Being one of the most established beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Bentota is known for its professional touristic infrastructure. The many 5* hotels are often build in fantastic locations and even if you don´t stay there drop in for a tea and enjoy the scenery.
Especially for families Bentota is a well sought after destination. Safe swimming conditions combined with fun water sport and exciting excursions are providing for the ideal background for a relaxed holiday in Sri Lanka.
Mount Lavinia is the largest suburb of the capital Colombo, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is situated immediately south of the Colombo city centre. It is a combination key urban suburbs and communities combined for administrative purposes. The centres include Dehiwala and the beach resort of Mount Lavinia. It is home to Sri Lanka's National Zoological Gardens which remains one of Asia´s largest. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery which runs along the coast to the south of the country.
Galle (pronounced gawl in English, and gaar-le in Sinhala) is a living time capsule. It has a vibrant commercial district, but pass through one of the Fort gates and you are transported back to the Dutch colonial era.
Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. The Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries. Just wandering the streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another. And be sure to take in the dramatic views of town and ocean from the encircling walls.
A key part of the Fort’s allure, however, is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Rather, it remains a working community: there are administrative offices, courts, export companies and lots of regular folks populating the streets.
The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town 14 kms from Galle was the first of Sri Lanka´s beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Snorkeling and diving in the clear waters are the major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colorful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary found on the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi colored corals, which is home to countless number of colorful fish.
Off the beach there is a collection of tine islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here.There are more than four different shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore along with dive shops offering PADI courses and equipment. Boasting a reputation as the second best surf spot in Sri Lanka by the international board-riding set, the reason so many visit Hikkaduwa is clear.
Kalutara or Kalutota is a big town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is also the third largest urban area in Western Province after Colombo and Negombo. Kalutara is a scenic resort town. It is also the administrative capital of Kalutara District. It is located approximately 40 km south of the capital Colombo.
Once an important spice-trading center, the town's name is derived from the Kalu Ganga River ("Black River" in native Sinhala). In the 11th Century, the town was temporarily made a capital on the orders of a South Indian Prince. The region was later planted with coconut trees, whose by-products are used for both internal and external trade. The location also boasts fortifications dating back from the times when Portuguese, Dutch and British vied for control of the area.
Matara is situated in the very South of Sri Lanka, 160 km from Colombo. The sea frontage to Matara city gives a glamorous look with a beach which extends to about half a kilometer in distance. When compared to other beaches this beach is full of various kinds of trees as shade.
Polhena, Matara´s beach area is 2 km away from the city center. There anybody can swim safely as it is naturally fenced with coral. The river Nilwala which runs through the city runs into the sea at Totamuna, which is also a part of the city. Crow Island is a small island facing the beach and it is a spectacular sight with its greenery and trees.
A destination for whale watchers and surfers on Sri Lanka´s South Coast is Mirissa. A small fishing village with a beautiful beach and excellent surf points. While the main focus in Mirissa is the beach, it is a good starting point for excursions, especially to the Yala National Park. A short distance to the interior you can find rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens. Mirissa has a lot of small charming restaurants, most of them directly on the beach. Fresh seafood, traditional Sri Lankan meals and international specialties are available at reasonable prices.
Another highlight is the traditional Devil Dance, a Southern Sri Lankan specialty. Known for its healing powers, Devil Dancers are invited to help speed up the recovery process of illnesses. A great thing to watch and/or even participate.
Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka, just a short drive north of Columbo. As it is also very close to the airport, Negombo is a convenient place to either begin or end your trip to Sri Lanka. You can relax on beautiful beaches, view incredible sunsets and enjoy western and Sri Lankan food. Sea food is very popular and is caught fresh daily by Negombo fishermen.
In earlier times, Negombo was ruled by the Portugese, Dutch, and the British. You can see evidence of the influence of these colonial rulers in many places, such as the beautiful canals built by the Dutch and the churches built by the Portugese. Be sure to take some time and walk, or ride a bike, through Negombo and see all the interesting sites.
Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach are located north-west of the Island. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka renowned for soft white sand and breath-taking bays. Nilaveli is famous for recreational water sports such as scuba diving.
Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach are a short rickshaw ride north from Sri Lanka´s beautiful seaside city of Trincomalee. Away from the rawness of Trinco town, there´d be few better beaches in the world to while away watching the surreal blue Indian Ocean. There iss plenty to do close by. Swimming, beach volleyball, whale watching, snorkeling and diving, strolls in the moonlight, or just chewing the fat with the locals and other travellers.
In the deep south of Sri Lanka is Tangalle, located between the towns of Matara and Hambantota. Known for its tranquility, deserted beaches and unique ECO system, One side of Tangalle is a small hillock, with a bird´s eye view of the surrounding bay up to the far horizon of the palm fringed beach and the shimmering sea. Tangalle boasts clear soft sandy beach and surfing. Two protective bays have made Tangalle a popular port from the ancient times. Tooday Tangalle is an important fishing town as well as a perfect place for a quiet relaxed holiday combining sun, sand, surf, snorkeling and swimming.
Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is a natural deep-water harbor, which is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the world and attracted great sea farers like Marco Polo, Ptolemy and Sea Traders China and East Asia from the ancient times.
The long and wide beaches here offer surfing, scuba diving and fishing and whale watching. This sea town is home to the Thirukonesvaram Kovil, which is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. There are many things to do and see in town and the views across the three main bays are very pretty. In the close vicinity of Trincomalee are some of the finest beaches of Sri Lanka - Uppuveli and Nilaveli.
The Unawatuna beach is second to none, a stunning tropical beach. A small (1km), wide and intimate semicircular bay with its picturesque sweep of golden, pristine beach which is terminated by a shining pure white Buddhist stupa (Dagoba) sitting pretty on a green hill. The Beach is enclosed by headland on the other side. The entire stretch of beach is well sheltered by a sweep of palm-fringed land right behind it. The beach is enclosed by double reef breaks calming the impact of the waves of Indian Ocean making it ideal for safe swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and even to learn surfing. The reef is said to shelters more species of fish than the Great Barrier Reef. Ranked by by many industry experts to be among the top ten beaches of the world. The reef at the far end of the beach can be reached from the shore.
Located on Sri Lanka´s picturesque South Coast, Weligama still offers the charm of an idyllic fishing village while providing excellent accommodation choices, catering for all budgets and needs. Enjoy walks along uncrowded beaches, still untouched by mass tourism and be fascinated by the famous stilt fishing men.
Weligama offers more than beach life, much more. Surrounded by rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens, natural sanctuaries and exotic wildlife, Weligama offers something for everybody. The ideal location of Weligama makes it a great starting point for excursions along the South and West Coast as well as for exploration of National Parks.