Visit a Sri Lanka Beach

Mirissa Beach
Nilaveli Beach
Induruwa Beach
Weligama Beach
Arugam bay
Bentota Beach
Tangalle Beach
Wijaya Beach
Hiriketiya Beach
Galle beach

Tourists come from all over the world to explore the best beaches in Sri Lanka. The sight of these beautiful sandy beaches will tempt you to visit these beautiful beaches many times.

Beaches are perfect places to relax with natural sound of ocean waves connecting you with mother nature. Enjoy the feeling of connection and peace whilst relaxing on the beach.

Sri Lankan beaches are the perfect place to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries and mojo.

Many of the best beaches in Sri Lanka are on the southwestern coast, where you can find blue waters, snorkelling, surfing, and even migrating whales.

Sri Lanka has two seasons governed by two monsoon seasons. Sunshine and dry weather are available throughout the year in some parts of the island, but if you are planning a multi-day beach trip, the best time to visit South West Sri Lanka is from mid-November to April. For the summer season the better “beach weather” is in the East coast.

Mirissa Beach
Impressive, Mirissa Beach winds gently around the bay in which it is located; The beautiful palm trees that gather along the golden sand only add to its picturesque appearance. The crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming, and as there is a small coral reef offshore, it is also a great spot for snorkelling. There is also fantastic surfing at one end of the beach. Despite the unspoiled environment, there are plenty of beach bars, restaurants, and hotels for guests to choose from. these are hidden among the tree line. Although it is quite a laid back and relaxed place, there are some lively bars in the area that offer amazing views of the sun setting over the sea.

Nilaveli Beach
Nilaveli Beach is a wide sandy beach lined with palm trees and dotted with fishing boats. Located in the north-eastern part of Sri Lanka, it is a 30-minute drive from the city of Trincomalee. This small island has calm beaches with gentle waves due to its small reef. Although Nilaveli Beach is large, it is popular with both locals and tourists. There are lifeguards on duty and many small restaurants on the beach, most specializing in seafood. The Trincomalee area is also good for sightseeing as it is a center of Tamil culture. Tamil is the name of the language spoken in Sri Lanka and of the ethnic group to which the majority of its inhabitants belong. If Nilaveli’s seclusion isn’t enough, you can take a boat to Pigeon Island National Park, about half a mile offshore.

Induruwa Beach
The idyllic and peaceful beach of Induruwa is the perfect place to relax after exploring the culture, wildlife and highlands of Sri Lanka. Less than two hours from Colombo, Induruwa Beach offers golden sands fringed with turquoise waves on one side and emerald green foliage and stacked rocks on the other. It is one of the quietest and cleanest beaches on the south west coast, with good restaurants and traditional market stalls. Induruwa is also a great place to explore the nearby lagoons and lakes, as well as the excellent Yagirala Rain Forest with its lush green landscape and ample bird-watching opportunities.

Weligama Beach
Sheltered by a bay of the same name, Weligama Beach looks stunning with its bright golden sands and is one of the best spots on the south coast. Just beyond the tree line, which preserves pristine views of the beach, are a variety of restaurants and hotels. With many people fishing for a living here, there is plenty of fresh and delicious seafood to eat. The waters of the bay are excellent for swimming and snorkeling; There is a small reef that you can explore. As there are some breakers and waves, it is also a popular spot for those who want to learn to surf.

Arugam bay
If you like surfing, there is no better place in Sri Lanka than Arugam Bay. Large waves constantly break on the beautiful palm-fringed beaches that stretch along most of the surrounding coastline. Despite being an increasingly popular tourist destination, Arugam Bay is still very undeveloped, so you won’t find many large hotels or resorts. This is partly what makes it so attractive; The local charm still shines through in its small cafes, restaurants and huts. Here you can not only enjoy the beautiful beaches, but also many activities. Whether you’re touring the picturesque Pottuvil Lagoon, enjoying the sunset at Elephant Rock or going on safari in Yala National Park and seeing real elephants, Arugam Bay has it all.

Bentota Beach
Beautiful and relatively quiet, Bentota Beach is just a few hours’ drive from Colombo on Sri Lanka’s west coast and is a great choice for both adventure and relaxation. For water sports enthusiasts, Bentota Lagoon offers a tranquil haven for kayaking and paddling, and the calm ocean is perfect for sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. On the other hand, Bentota is also known for its excellent offer of Ayurveda centers and luxury spas that offer relaxation for those seeking relaxation. This stunning stretch of coastline also offers stylish accommodation and a range of recommended restaurants and bars.

Tangalle Beach
Much quieter and more relaxed than many of the other beaches on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Tangalle Beach stretches seemingly endlessly. The soft sand and spectacular scenery are perfect for long walks while the Indian Ocean gently laps the shore. With many fantastic restaurants, bars and hotels dotted around, Tangalle has everything you could wish for in a holiday destination. It is growing in popularity each year, with many visitors opting to snorkel the nearby coral reefs. Apart from the enchanting appearance of Tangalle Beach, it is also close to some attractions worth visiting, such as the Mulkirigala Cave Temple and the beautiful scenery of Rekawa Lagoon.

Wijaya Beach
Wijaya Beach is located in Dalawella, 7 km south of Galle, in the southern province of Sri Lanka. Wijaya Beach is a family business. Since we opened our restaurant in 1980, we have become one of the most popular places to eat in the area. We pride ourselves on our popularity with the local expat community and the number of visitors who return year after year to enjoy our food, cocktails, beautiful beach and relaxed atmosphere. Our beachfront restaurant and bar serves an eclectic mix of Asian and European cuisine and we have a luxurious eight room bed and breakfast nestled around the courtyard behind the restaurant.

Hiriketiya Beach
Hiriketiya Beach, also known as Hiri Beach, is becoming more and more famous for its waves. Some say it is fast becoming Sri Lanka’s surf paradise! Surrounded by a dense palm forest and close to trendy restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious brunch, it’s easy to see why Horseshoe Bay is so popular. Surfers from all over the world are drawn to this spot, bringing with them a bohemian, surfer vibe that can be seen throughout Hiriketiya. Although the water is full, there is still room to swim or watch the surfers catch the best wave of the day from the comfort of the shore. The best way to do this is to rent a board and get involved by taking a lesson at one of the surf schools on the beach.

Galle beach
Galle beach is a small beach at the end of the promenade, below the famous lighthouse. There are mainly local people from the town but respectful foreigners can enjoy swimming here. As it is not a “tourist beach” so don’t show too much skin and being conservative. If you’re in a bikini, you might get awkward looks. It’s a beautiful beach and the sea is lovely and warm – it felt great to take a dip after a hot walk around the city.

Red Mosque – Pettah – Colombo

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Red Mosque is a historic mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is located on Second Cross Street in Pettah.

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque (Sinhala: කොලඹ කොටුව රතු පල්ලිය, romanized: Kolomba Kotuwa Rathu Palliya, Tamil: மஸ்ஜிதுல் ஜாமிஉல் அஃபார் அல்லது சம்மாங்கோடு பள்ளிவாசல், romanized: Sammankodu Pallivasal, (known colloquially as the Samman Kottu Palli, Rathu Palliya,

Red Masjid or the Red Mosque) is a historic mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is located on Second Cross Street in Pettah. The mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo and a popular tourist site in the city.

Construction of the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque commenced in 1908 and the building was completed in 1909. The mosque was commissioned by the local Indian Muslim community, based in Pettah, to fulfil their required five-times-daily prayer and Jummah on Fridays. The mosque’s designer and builder was Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe (an unqualified architect), and was based on details/images of Indo-Saracenic structures provided by South Indian traders, who commissioned him.]

The Red Mosque is a hybrid style of architecture, that draws elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, and combines it with the Gothic revival and Neo-classical styles. Originally it had the capacity for 1,500 worshippers although at the time only around 500 were attending prayers.

It is a distinctive red and white candy-striped two-storey building, with a clock tower, and is reminiscent of the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (constructed in 1910).  Before other landmarks were built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognised as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port.

In 1975 the mosque, with the assistance of the Haji Omar Trust, purchased a number of the adjoining properties and commenced building an expansion to the mosque to increase its capacity to 10,000

The mosque was commissioned by the local Indian Muslim community, based in Pettah, to fulfil the required five-times-daily prayer and Jummah on Friday.

The mosque’s designer and builder was Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe.


Kelaniya Temple Sri Lanka

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The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, near Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is located 11 km (6.8 mi) north-east of Colombo.

Legend says Gautama Buddha set foot in Kelaniya with 500 enlightened monks on his third and final visit to Sri Lanka over 2,500 years ago, at the invitation of a Naga king Maniakkhika, to preach the Dhamma.

The image house is divided into four sections. The oldest are located in the King’s image house where scenes from the Jataka stories are depicted. The murals in the new image house depict scenes from the Buddha’s life and also illustrate the Buddha’s legendary first visit to Sri Lanka where he preached to the indigenous tribe of Yakkas in Mahiyanganaya.

The paintings show, the bringing of the sacred Bo sapling by Sanghamitta, daughter of India’s Emperor Asoka and the manner in which Indian princess Hemamala brought the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha hidden in her coiffure to escape detection.

The stupa is 90 foot tall, is built in the shape of a paddy heap, similar to the Jethavana and Abayagiri stupas in Anuradhapura. Many people believe the gem crusted throne upon which the Buddha sat is enshrined within this stupa.

The main highlights in the temple’s calendar is the Duruthu Perahera held on the January full moon Poya day. On the first day, the procession will be circling the upper terrace of the temple, called the Udamaluwe Perahera. Elephants, drummers and dancers perform. The sacred casket of relics is placed on a cushion and is carried around the temple thrice by the Chief Basnayake Nilame.

The second night sees  the tenor, tempo and colour increase as more elephants, drummers and dancers join the parade. The procession makes its way around the lower temple square, called the Pahala Maluwe Perahera. The processions of the three Devalas Kataragama, Vishnu and Vibishana, join the perahera.

The perahera is a celebration of Sri Lanka’s cultural arts. Yet, above all, it has been able to awaken, rekindle and reaffirm the spirit of a nation.

Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, eight years after gaining enlightenment, dating back to before 500 BCE.

The Mahawansa records that the original Stupa at Kelaniya enshrined a gem-studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached. The temple flourished during the Kotte, much of the land was confiscated by the Portuguese. During the Dutch era, there were new gifts of land and under the patronage of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha the temple was rebuilt. It was refurbished in the first half of the 20th century with the help of Helena Wijewardana.

The temple is also famous for its image of the reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings by the native artist Solias Mendis which depict important events in the life of the Buddha,

According to history, Buddhism in Sri Lanka has been celebrated at Kelaniya Temple for as long as anyone can remember, especially the Duruthu Maha Perehera procession each January, where a 18-foot stone statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara has been erected at the temple.

16 luxury buses deployed to operate along Matara Hambantota Highway

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Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) has deployed 16 luxury buses to operate along the Southern Expressway.

The new super luxury bus services will serve along the Southern expressway now that the newly opened section from Godagama (Crocodile Junction) north of Matara to Barawakumbura near Hambantota Sri Lanka.

  • Colombo Fort
  • Hambantota
  • Ambalantota
  • Tissamaharama
  • Embilipitiya
  • Kataragama
  • Tangalle
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This SLTDB incentive will be a great service and attract many tourists to boost local economy for Sri Lanka Tourism.


Love to enjoy a Seafood Gourmet Brunch

Love to enjoy a Seafood Gourmet Brunch? Try this and enjoy local oysters, a tasty selection of sushi and sashimi, as well as freshly caught Crab and Prawn Cocktail, scallops, Norwegian salmon – on ice or freshly cooked. The expert chefs create sushi, sashimi, nigiri and maki from the finest tunas and other seafood. The extensive menu continues with signature curries, divine soups and grilled specialties. The chocolate and deserts finish the meal perfectly!


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Poḷonnaruwa (Sinhala: පොළොන්නරුව, romanized: Poḷonnaruva; Tamil: பொலன்னறுவ, romanized: Polaṉṉaṟuvai) is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre.

Treasures from that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday.

That Polonnaruwa is close to elephant-packed national parks only adds to its popularity. And with good accommodation and plenty of bikes for hire, the town itself makes a pleasant base for a day or two, fringed by a huge, beautiful pool with a relaxed ambience.

You’ll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas – in a compact core. The Quadrangle alone is worth the trip.

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first established by the Chola dynasty as their capital in the 10th century. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Currently the new Polonnaruwa is undergoing a major development project known as the “Awakening of Polonnaruwa”. This envisions the development of all sectors in Polonnaruwa including roads, electricity, agriculture, education, health and environment will be developed comprehensively.

Polonnaruwa is of unknown origin and was adopted by the traveller James Emerson Tennent. It’s Tamil form, Pulainari, is mentioned in Tamil inscriptions found at Polonnaruwa of the Chola period. The name is also derived from its ancient name Pulastya nagara or Pulatti nakaram meaning city of the Hindu sage Pulastya.

Previously known as Jananathapuram or Jananathamangalam. Later known as Vijayarajapuram as mentioned in the records of Jayabahu I, which probably was derived from the name of Vijayabahu I.


Polonnaruwa was established by the Cholas as capital city under the name Jananathapuram in the 10th century. Under this period flourished Hinduism. Raja Raja Chola I built Vanavan Mahadevisvaram, a Shiva temple at Polonnaruwa named after his queen, which presently is known as Siva Devale.

The temple among other contained Ganesa and Parvati statues of bronze. Sri Lanka was under this period ruled under Rajendra Chola I directly as a Chola province. However, following the year 1070 AD ended the Chola rule in the island, and Polonnaruwa was captured by Vijayabahu I.

Trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the king, who was so adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted and each was to be used toward the development of the land.

You find irrigation systems that are far superior to those of the Anuradhapura Age were constructed during Parakramabahu’s reign – systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the scorching dry season in the east of the country. The greatest of these systems is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama. The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was completely self-sufficient during King Parakramabahu’s reign.


Poḷonnaruwa the main town located in Kaduruwela area and hosts the remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Ancient temples, places of worship and ruins dating back many thousands of years. A must visit location in Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka Visas for UK and many other European Passport Holders – no charge for 30 day tourist visa August 2019

Sri Lanka Visas for UK and many other European Passport Holders

The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration has announced that as of 1 August 2019, British nationals on short visits to Sri Lanka of up to 30 days can get a visa on arrival free of charge.

The immigration authorities have not confirmed if this is a temporary scheme or a permanent change to visa policy.

For up-to-date information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK.

If you’re travelling for paid or unpaid work, and/or are planning a visit of longer than 30 days, you should get a visa from the Sri Lankan High Commission before you travel.

Overstaying your visa will attract a fine and possible detention and deportation.

If you have overstayed your visa, you must report to the Department of Immigration & Emigration

Visas on arrival have been suspended for all travellers arriving from Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka.

UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Sri Lanka.


malu banna watersports sri lanka island tours

Sri Lanka is home to watersports along most of the great beaches.

Watersports is particularity popular at Bentota and Aluthgama where the river awaits on most days of the year. There is no season as such at Bentota River – every day is a boating day.

  • River safari
  • River Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Lighthouse Island Tours
  • Banana Rides
  • Sofa Rides
  • Jets Ski
  • Wakeboarding


Ella Sri Lanka

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Ella is located in the Badulla district of “Up Country” Sri Lanka – very similar to the Scottish Highlands in Summer – without the midges!

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However you can enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka with tea plantations on the hill slopes, forests on the tops and incredible waterfalls.

You can hike the misty mountains and adore the stunning views of the valleys in Sri Lanka, then the next minute jump in the incredible natural pools right below the waterfalls. Explore the tea estates and savour tea from 100 years’ old tea factories in Ceylon (Sri Lanka was called Ceylon earlier).

Ella has a blend of both a relaxed vibe and a there is so much to discover!

Ella is not just a place for adventure tourists. With its mild climate, lush green hills and valleys and an abundance of bird life for the ornithologist, Ella has something for everyone from where forays can be made to nearby caves and waterfalls, trekking trails and mountaineering or unwinding with a chilled beer through the cold nights.

New feature for this season is the hideaway Flying Ravana Mega Zipline, said to be the longest and fastest zipper in South Asia covering a distance of nearly 600 metres, done in 30 seconds.

The Zipline is not for the faint-hearts and once done the craving can be for more swooping rides on the cable above a thick canopy of vegetation. Overseas tourists outnumber the local adventure seekers for whom there is no age restriction and is left entirely at the discretion of the rider or glider.

Extremely friendly staff help tourists with the safety harness and helmet at the visitor centre before they are taken to a high altitude platform from where two gates fling open and the ride begins.

There is a brilliant aviator’s view of the surrounding mountain massifs and what can be surveyed below for a stunning 30 seconds, while the end can be like a bird of prey swooping onto its target with a precision strike. Visitors can hit speeds of up to 80 kilometres an hour and are well taken care of from start to finish.

The famous and picturesque Nine Arch Bridge, the only one of its kind in the island where tourists wait for the train to pass providing them with photographic stuff that could find a place in any of the world’s top shelf traveller magazines. On some days foreign tourists outnumber the locals and king coconut vendors cash in to sell their watery delights.

Many foreign tourists stay for two weeks savouring Ella and the waterfalls, hiking through wooded hills or rock climbing and then return to their hotels or the many guest houses to spend the chilly nights unwinding with a beer or two. Visiting pubs after sunset is yet another night-time attraction with cricket World Cup fever catching on and hotel staff and waiters having to serve their customers as well as keep a close tab on match proceedings.

Some foreign tourists group together in the evenings for a session of music strumming their guitars playing Western or folk songs reminiscent of a bygone era, and still kept alive and even relished by the younger generation who find it irresistible.

Hotel keepers and restaurant caterers claim there is no specific season for tourists in Ella unlike in neighbouring Nuwara Eliya that blooms and blossoms in spring and has wonderful rainy seasons in the later spring.

Tourists want peace and relaxation and to feel at “home from home”, and they discover exactly that here in Ella.

Everyone likes the local food and drink, the walks and views, and it is not surprising that more hotels and guest houses are under construction in Ella and its surroundings.

Scooters can be hired for daytime excursions across Ella from where one-day sojourns by vehicle can be made to places like the world heritage site of Horton Plains where stag or sambhur deer roam in the distance and red rhododendrons bloom in the month of May and various other flora and fauna throughout the year.

The Ambewela dairy farm, famous for its special breed of black and white cows and stud bulls which is like a stolen piece of New Zealand and the nearby Catholic Adisham monastery in Haputale where Benedictine monks reside, are what distinguish Ella from the rest of the scenic spots in the country.

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