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Beach Indulgence

The beaches of Sri Lanka, that surrounds the whole country in a seamless ribbon of gold and white, have always been part of the legend and mystique that surrounds the country. Whether you are an ardent beach bum, a die-hard surfer or a scuba diver wanting to brave the oceans, Sri Lanka has something to offer to everyone who is looking to claim a piece of sun, sand, and surf.

The Golden Mile Beach of Southern Sri Lanka, spreading from Bentota to Beruwala is the ideal place for a typical beach experience. Lined with a range of beach resorts, open-air beach restaurants, and shops renting out equipment for many adventures from snorkeling, scuba diving and water skiing to kitesurfing, it is the best place to try out all your beach adventures.

If you are looking for a more personalized beach holiday spiced up with diving, surfing, chilling on the beach and savoring the best of seafood in Sri Lanka; Arugambay, Okanda, and Passikuda in Eastern Sri Lanka, as well as Weligama in the South, provides the ideal setting. Waves that are straight from the wildest dreams of a surfer, as well as ancient wrecks, crowd these beaches of Sri Lanka and adventure is never far away.

Sri Lanka’s coastal towns including Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Galle, Mirissa, Trincomalee, Passikudah and Arugambay offer a choice of places to stay ranging from small budget inns to ultra-luxurious hotels and resorts. Find world famous Sri Lankan seafood dishes at the luxurious resorts or for a more adventurous twist, head over to the quirky seafood restaurants, cafes and street food carts to get a taste of the local flavors.

Sri Lanka’s beaches are also home to an exciting nightlife filled with the music, drama, excitement and all the vices found at any beach party across the world. A coming together of many exciting aspects of Sri Lankan lifestyle from food, music, percussions to dancing beach parties in Southern and Eastern beaches are an essential part of Sri Lanka’s beach culture.

Through Our Winners’ Eyes

Lellama (Negombo fish market)

I had a most unusual experience during my stay in Negombo. I was taken on a tour of the local seafood market called the ‘Lellama’. It was like walking a seafood treasure trove. The absolute variety and freshness of the fish, shrimp, prawns and crabs was fantastic.

I actually got to select my dinner and then received a lesson in cooking from the chef as I helped him prepare it.

Then came the best part. I got to enjoy what we cooked, right there on the beach, with nothing but the wind and the sea for company.

Bentota Yatra House Boat Ride

There’s nothing like a boat ride to calm your soul. That’s what it felt like when we were treated to a beautiful sailing experience on the Yathra by Jetwing Houseboat.

Although we didn’t stay the night on it, I can say it’s a great concept for those seeking quiet relaxation and privacy. The cabins were luxurious, beautiful and comfortable.

We sailed on the famous ‘Betota River’ which offered gorgeous views of the surrounding villages and islands. We had dinner on deck, under the stars which was very romantic.

Passikudah – Dinner on a Yacht

Passikudah was one of the most beautiful places we had ever been to. What made it even more special was the romantic dinner we had while sailing on a yacht.

The sea was gorgeous and calm and it was our first time on a real yacht. The food, the sea, the sunset, it was like a dream come true for both of us.

Water Thrills

Sri Lanka is an island with the most gorgeous beaches and clear blue seas and lagoons which means it’s the perfect place for those who love watersports.

You can go water skiing, banana boating, diving, snorkeling, whale and dolphin watching and jet skiing, which is what I love to do.

When I wasn’t eating, or sightseeing, I had tons of fun jet skiing out on the lagoon.

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