Daily Mirror UK: The beaches in Sri Lanka that should go on your bucket list right now!

Says the UK’s top tabloid: “This small island off the southern tip of India has some seriously beautiful golden shores on offer. We picked out the top 10 prettiest beaches that need to go on your radar—and what to see and do if you visit…”

Hikkaduwa

Hit by a tsunami in 2004, the hotels lining Hikkaduwa’s shores have had a complete makeover—and now it’s one of Sri Lanka’s most vibrant resorts, attracting partygoers after an energetic nightlife scene.

It’s also worth visiting during the annual 3-day beach festival to experience International DJs playing tunes on the beach all through the night.

Negombo

If you’re looking to soak up the rays all day on the sandy shores, this isn’t the beach for you.

However, Negombo has so much more to offer. Think scenic boat rides with spectacular views, leisurely strolls along the shore, and even a glimpse of a local fisherman or two!

Unawatuna

Situated on the South Coast only 5km from Sri Lanka’s charming ancient town of Galle, this popular beach resort offers the most magical of sunsets—but it’s equally beautiful in the daytime too.

Meanwhile, the coastline is dotted with pastel coloured houses and authentic jewellery and handicraft shops.

Dickwella Beach

It’s no wonder this romantic beach is a hotspot for newly weds on honeymoon thanks to its breathtaking scenery and serene atmosphere.

The beach is also ideal for swimming, snorkelling or learninga bout Sri Lankan lace making, while foodies flock to the local haunts offering mouthwatering seafood pasta and veggie curries.

Passekudah and Kalkudah

Located in one of Sri Lanka’s fast-growing resorts, these twin beaches offer plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Boat rides, jet skiing and beach volleyball are just some examples of what’s on offer; or go for a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters.

Yala National Park

If you’re looking to swim, this isn’t the beach for you; the strong currents make it too dangerous and people are advised to stick to land.

However, the more active can enjoy some seriously picturesque coastal walks—and the powerful tide makes for exciting views.

Mirissa Beach

Have you ever been whale-watching? Well this is your chance. Mirissa is one of the best places in the world for spotting blue and sperm whales, who migrate around Sri Lanka’s southern coast.

The vibe is laidback, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted along the coast should you get peckish during your adventures.

Arugam Bay

This area is slightly more pricey than others on the west coast, however it’s great for surfing – and even yoga if you’re looking for something a little more zen.

If you feel like being adventurous, walk south along the beach to Elephant Rock where you can, unsurprisingly, spot elephants in the early hours of the morning.

Bentota Beach

This family-friendly beach is one of the most beautiful shores on the west coast.

Think clean, fine sand, crystalline shallow waters and plenty on offer if you’re looking to try water sports; waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing and windsurfing are just some of the options available year-round.

Nilaveli Beach

These beaches have remained blissfully unspoiled as their east coast location meant they were avoided by tourist during the civil war.

Nowadays there are a few resorts and hotels dotted along the coast, and you can expect paradisical sea scapes of white sand, palm trees and abandoned rustic fishing boats.

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