Best beaches in Sri Lanka
Best beaches in Sri Lanka

Beach-time Sri Lanka – secret warm weather getaways!

Dreaming of a warm weather getaway that is more than just sun and sand? Take a look at these secret (and not so secret) beaches in Sri Lanka and some fun things to do.

Paasikudah Sri Lanka

To us, the beaches of the east coast in Sri Lanka are unmatched. From Trincomalee to the endless and quiet beaches of Paasikudah – often referred to as Pasikuda or Passekudah by travelers, in the east coast of Sri Lanka are a wonderful inclusion into any Summer Holiday tour from May to September.

Where to stay:

whale watching sri lanka

Private Whale Watching safaris in a yacht in Sri Lanka is way more fun than traveling in crowded vessels. Ayu in the Wild offers privately guided safaris in Kalpitiya, Mirissa, Galle and Trincomalee. The yacht can be booked in Pasikuda too for a sunset cruise and overnight stays.

sunset sri lanka

Some of the best sunsets can be seen in December along the west coast in Sri Lanka like in Yala, Galle and Mirissa

seafood sri lanka

Sri Lanka is a great foodie destination with some of the best seafood in the world.

Maalu Maalu beach resort sri lanka

Beach resorts in Sri Lanka don’t come better than Maalu Maalu Paasikudah. Book our 3 day specials Send enquiry to Ayu in the Wild Holidays.

Things to do if you are heading to an east coast beach in Sri Lanka:

  • Explore the cultural Triangle, Royal Kingdoms and ancient ruins
  • Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
  • See wild Elephants in the Minneriya National Park, one of the largest gatherings of Elephants in the world
  • Explore the world heritage site of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital home to beautiful stupas and statues
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, home to the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha.
  • Visit the Wilpattu National Park, safari in Sri Lanka’s largest and most beautiful National Parks.

To book Email to inquire about safaris and local excursions in srilanka

Things to avoid if you are heading to an east coast beach in Sri Lanka:

While most East coast beaches are relatively uncrowded compared to those in the southern coast, do try to avoid purchasing any items sold by beach vendors as it encourages unsolicited attention to tourists. Avoid touching corals when scuba diving.

jetwing era beach galle srilanka

There’s a lovely selection of beach Villas in Sri Lanka ideal for week long getaways. This one is from Jetwing in Galle Sri Lanka.

Things to do if you are heading to a south coast beach in Sri Lanka:

  • Stay inside the 17th century Galle Dutch Fort
  • Visit the Lunuganga, the fantastic landscaped gardens of Sri Lanka’s famed architect Geoffrey Bawa
  • Visit the Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most wildlife rich park
  • Visit the Sinharaja Rainforest or Kanneliya Forest to see some stunning birdlife of Sri Lanka
  • Go whale watching on a speed boat or yacht, one of the most responsible safaris in Sri Lanka

To book Email to inquire about safaris and local excursions in srilanka

Things to avoid if you are heading to a south coast beach in Sri Lanka:

Do not purchase any items sold by beach vendors as it encourages unsolicited attention to tourists. Avoid the touristy excursions promoted by Chauffeur Guides including, photographing Stilt Fishing and mask carving as you may be unnecessarily hassled for a contribution or purchase. Avoid the Yala National Park on weekends when its too crowded. Avoid whale watching on the modified fishing vessels that ply from the Mirissa Harbour as they are unregulated and harmful to whales. Avoid touching corals when scuba diving.

Blue whales and dolphins Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a great destination for Blue Whales and Dolphins. Take a private boating safari in Trincomalee, Kalpitiya or Mirissa with Ayu in the Wild Holidays.

kalpitiya srilanka

Kalpitiya is one of the secret warm weather getaways that most travelers to Sri Lanka miss. Its beaches are so, so secluded and the accommodation is varied – from air conditioned luxury beach tents to those oh so lovely thatched roofed cottages with just the right comforts. And you get to see super-pods of Dolphins and a host of marine life on private boat safaris from December to March.

maalu maalu paasikudah

(Photo by Maalu Maalu)

Its not only the night sky that sparkles on the beaches in Sri Lanka .

Dune dining sri lanka

(Photo Jetwing Hotels)

Dune dining quite literally ‘in’ and ‘on’ the beach in Sri Lanka is so romantic.

We have curated some wonderful beach villas, hotels and excursions that make up a complete Sri Lanka holiday. To book your Sri Lanka tour with beach stays that are interspersed with culture, wildlife great food and meeting locals, contact the Private Travel Designers at Ayu in the Wild Holidays Sri Lanka for a Sri Lanka tailor made holiday just for you.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Emma July 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The beaches on both the East and West coasts of Sri Lanka are heavenly! Beautifully clean, with coconut trees swaying in the wind with amazing resorts to match. We’ve enjoyed everywhere from Passikudah, to Mirissa to Galle to Bentota, to Negombo. All are different, all are lovely. Highly recommended!

    • Reply Chamintha July 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

      There are some lovely beaches up in the North too. Maybe on your next visit 🙂

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