Mirissa has a gorgeous crescent shaped, sandy beach which is surrounded by palm trees and coves. It is also the best location in the island for whale watching. The best time to spot whales in Mirissa is during November to April, when these majestic creatures cross the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The peak season is from December to March, when the water of the coast is warm and calm, and perfect for migrating whales.
There are a great variety of wonderful beaches in Sri Lanka, many relatively undeveloped, with some fabulous places to stay in too ranging from Geoffrey Bawa inspired resorts to intimate boutique hotels. Although some of the areas are bustling and popular, there are still numerous peaceful spots for secluded holidays. The perfect end to a busy tour exploring this amazing country.
South Coast Highlights:
Sri Lanka’s south and south west coast is the most popular coastline in the island, boasting spectacular scenic beaches that are among the finest in the world. The range of breathtaking beaches and resorts available here deliver everything required for your perfect beach holiday. Stroll along the soft golden sand beach, take a dip in sheltered bays in the Indian Ocean, experience thrilling water sports and sea excursions, watch the glorious colours of sunset streak on the water, sip refreshing cocktails and feast on mouth watering seafood. From November to April, head to Mirissa which is one of the top spots in the world for Sperm and Blue whales sightings. Pods of dolphins can also be spotted, particularly during January and April.
The best time to visit these beaches is between October and April, when the seas are suitable for swimming and water sports.
West Coast Highlights:
Towards the north of Colombo just minutes away from the airport, is the bustling city of Negombo, which is well known for its old world fishing village atmosphere and sandy beaches. This is an ideal place to start or end your Sri Lanka tour as Negombo is very convenient for the airport. A short distance north of Negombo is Maravila beach, which is more suited for secluded beach holidays. Even further north is the delightful Kalpitiya beach, which is located on a stunning peninsula, with both lagoon and ocean activities on offer. Kalpitiya is famous for kite surfing, dolphin watching and even whale watching.
Heading south of Colombo, Balapitiya remains relatively untouched by mass tourism before the start of the main tourist beach resort area. Bentota and Beruwela beach resorts are popular beach resorts whilst further down the coastline is Hikkaduwa – one of the liveliest resorts, famed for its surf, corals and vibrant nightlife.
The best time to visit these beaches is between October and April.
North & East Coast Highlights:
The north east coast of Sri Lanka provides an opportunity for incredible beach holidays in relatively uncrowded and undeveloped surroundings. The area is a tropical heaven between April and October, which is when the monsoon season affects the south-western beaches, with miles of unspoiled tropical beaches and natural jungles.