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Top 5 golden beaches in Sri Lanka

| Words by Insider Journeys |

Sri Lanka is famous for its tropical climate and beautiful, golden beaches. Bathe in the sunset over the western coast in Galle or catch the first glimpses of sunlight from Passikudah. Here are our top 5 picks:

Bentota

Venture to one of the country’s most popular stretches of beach, Bentota where palm trees line the coast and turquoise water laps the sand. Make your stay more relaxing without breaking the bank and book a night (or five) at Avani Bentota Resort and Spa where each modern room faces the beach.

South coast beach

Unawatuna

This horseshoe shaped beach is located close to the colonial town of Galle. Backed by one of the most popular villages in Sri Lanka, the beach is lined with palm trees, guesthouses and restaurants, making it a popular stop for tourists. Grab a drink and watch the sunset over the water.

Tangalle

Thinking tropical? Think Tangalle. Tucked away in a cove, Tangalle is a picturesque bay of sun, sand and water. Spend lazy days dipping your toes in the water and soaking up the sunshine or reading a book on the stretches of soft white sand. Escape the hustle and bustle of the often busy beaches of Sri Lanka for the peace and quiet of a tropical paradise.

Beach in Sri Lanka

Passikudah

Located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, Passikudah is a small village, famous for its golden bay and clear shallow water. There are notable diving spots in Batticaloa, not too far from Passikudah. Batticaloa is home to an historic Dutch fort and a lagoon which reportedly has singing fish.

Galle

Journey down the scenic coast to Galle, an historic fort town on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Galle is the gateway to the beaches along the west coast of Sri Lanka. Head to Hikkaduwa for the hustle and bustle of a beach resort town or escape the crowds at beaches between Narigama and Dodanduwa.

stilt fishermen in Galle

It’s important to remember that Sri Lanka’s east and west monsoon season occurs at different times of the year and many of the country’s oceans are unsafe to swim in during the rough seasons.

Soak up the sun on one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches and book one of our small group journeys or speak to our Asia experts about designing your own private itinerary.