Top Brit tabloid names the Sri Lanka beaches ‘that need to go on your bucket list right now’


Says top-selling British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror: “For many people, holidays are about beaches and Sri Lanka is no disappointment in this department.

“This small island located 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…


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.



Not a beach to soak up the rays all day, but 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!



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.



This is a hotspot for newlyweds on honeymoon thanks to its breathtaking scenery and serene atmosphere. Also ideal for swimming and snorkelling, while foodies love the 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. But for animal lovers, the nearby wildlife safari park is great for spotting elephants, crocodiles and leopards.



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

Great for surfing and yoga if you’re looking for something a little more zen. For the adventurous, walk south along the beach to Elephant Rock where you can, unsurprisingly, spot elephants in the early hours of the morning.



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.



Blissfully unspoiled because they avoided by tourist during the civil war, today 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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