Global travel blog picks 6 of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, from surfing to a great family day out


Sand, sea, sun and seafood in Sri Lanka hit the spot for US-based travel blog All The Rooms with its latest post on the top six beaches around the island.

It says: “With privacy, authentic Sri Lankan culture, and of course fresh, locally prepared seafood readily available, a trip to one of these beach towns will be an unforgettable journey.”




This small beach has easy access to other parts of Sri Lanka and tons of things to do. Hang out in the golden sand or hike to Jungle Beach. The water is perfect for families with young children, and the clear water makes for ideal snorkeling.


Arugam Bay

Looking for good surf? You’ll definitely find it in Arugam Bay. The beach is a surf haven, with good waves all year for surfers of all levels, so don’t be intimidated if you’re not an expert.



Great for a wide range of activities, with shallow waters and a lifeguard, making it ideal for kids. Surfer’s Corner” gets the bigger waves, the is whale-watching further out to sea, and Mirissa itself is home to charming guest homes, shops, and restaurants.



This beach town has some of the most picturesque beaches you’ll find in Sri Lanka. Take the boat over from Sri Lanka’s Pigeon Island, and enjoy a day on the peaceful Nilaveli beach, not far from the port town of Trincomalee, which is full of seafood restaurants.



Negombo is just 15 minutes from the international airport and 50 minutes from the centre of capital city Colombo. This former fishing-village town and beachside strip are is renowned as a premier west-coast resort.



Weligama is typically far less crowded than some of Sri Lanka’s other beaches, and ideal for swimming or surfers – especially beginners. The area is also famous for Sri Lanka’s “stick fishermen”, a traditional method of fishing native to the region.


Best restaurants

Meanwhile, its earlier Top Restaurants post: “A top draw to the island is its incredible cuisine, which draws on flavors and influences from a variety of countries in Asia, with the most prominent influences being South Indian, Pakistani and Chinese cuisine.”

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