Negombo

About 37 km north of the capital and only 6 km from the International airport, Negombo, is more fascinating and picturesque in its history and everyday life than as a beach front. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial days. The Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and fish auctions on the beach, which are worth a look. Old world fishing crafts such as the outrigger canoe and the catamaran are still used to bring in seer, skip jack and herrings. The gourmet can enjoy seafood in plenty.

Beruwala

About 58 km south of Colombo, Beruwala is the site of the oldest Moor settlement on the island (1024 AD) and the town even today retains a somewhat Arabic character. This is the beginning of a 130 km stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years. There are several good beach resorts, built almost next to each other along the coast with beautiful tropical gardens and in such a way so as not to disturb the landscape. The bay offers good bathing possibilities all year round.

Bentota

Very close to Beruwala, the beach there is beautiful. The Bentota River that curves in to the land behind the coast, offers water sport opportunities for windsurfing, water-skiing and catamaran rides.

Hikkaduwa

The most popular beach area, Hikkaduwa has a varied choice of beach and sea. Quite famous for its ‘coral sanctuary’, a shallow area enclosed by a reef is full of multi coloured corals, and colourful tropical fish. A short distance southwards, as the reef fades out, there is a wider beach with good waves for board or body surfing. Glass bottomed boats; masks, snorkels and flippers can all be hired here. Enjoy the underwater delights but we urge you not to be tempted into buying or encouraging the sale of coral.

East coast (Trincomalee)

Trincomalee on the north east coast of Sri Lanka with its magnificent coast, sandy beaches and sunny weather throughout the year, is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from all over the world. It is situated 250 km from the capital Colombo. Natural harbour, the hot wells and Pigeon islands are interesting places to visit.