Galle Face Green
A beautiful stretch of open space sandwiched between the bustling Galle road and the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Green is one of the most popular picnic attractions in Colombo. The place received considerable footfall, especially on weekends when there are countless vendors around, tempting the little ones with all kinds of toys.
It also helps that the area is lined with street-food vendors, making it one of the best places to indulge in the street-food culture of Colombo. Looked after and maintained by Sri Lanka’s urban Urban Development Authority, Galle Face Park also promises you a phenomenal sunset!
Timings: Open 24 hours
Price: No entry fees
Location: Near Galle Beach, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Distance from Colombo bus stand: 3.5 km
Highlights: You can indulge in water sports such as diving and snorkelling which will leave you completely thrilled. If you are a keen whale watcher then join the exciting journey of Whale Watching Cruise from Galle to Mirissa fishery port where you will witness the mighty Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Sharks and Turtles too, which will leave you completely awestruck.
Remember, there are no ATMs in Unawatuna, the nearest one is Holcim Cement Factory-Commercial Bank.
The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees. You should not miss to visit this Sri Lanka tourist place as it is quite popular amongst tourists.
Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.
Getting there: Bentota is very well connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.
Surfing at Arugam Bay
The most popular surfing break is ‘Main Point’ which is towards the south of the bay. This adventure spot is well complemented with a relaxing atmosphere. Although one might not find many inhabitants in and around the place as it was once victimised by Tsunami which caused a lot of damage to the bay.
Highlights: Although, it’s quite ironic to its name but a visit to the Tsunami hotel is a must which serves some of the best rice and curries. If you are a nature lover you can also check out the nearby Kumana National Park which will be equally exciting.
Getting There: The easiest way to reach the Arugam Bay is to take a can from the airport.
You may find many local women sitting outside their homes with pieces of laces which is considered to be the local speciality of the place since the Dutch times. You can also spot sites of historical importance and some gingerbread villas beautifully adorned with mal lali wooden work which is hard to find anywhere else.
Highlights:Taprobanea, a small island developed in 1920 by a French man named Maunay-Talvande is quite close to Weligama. You can game up your romance by staying or dining in this beautiful island but only with advance booking.
Highlights: The beach is an excellent place for snorkelling and a river safari in the Madu Ganga River.
This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.
Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.
You will surely treasure some of the fond memories of this beach. Get into the adventurous mood by trying snorkelling and diving. If you are not too fond of adventures you can sit by the beach and enjoy the sight of the mighty waves.
Highlights: If you are going to Koggala, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Turtle Hatchery which is an initiative taken against selling the turtle’s eggs for the purpose of food.
Negombo beach is far less when compared to the beauty of other Sri Lankan beaches. For all the fish eating lovers, this is a perfect place to gorge some of the best fishes. Since most of the fishing is done not from the open sea but from the northern end of the lagoon, you would find renowned lobsters, crabs and prawns.
Highlights: You shouldn’t be missing the chance to visit one of the finest eating joint in Negombo, ‘Lords’ where you will find dishes prepared from a combination of western and eastern flavours.
Food lovers can have an unlimited supply of fresh sea food. You can find many excellent snorkelling opportunities. Apart from this sport you can also try your hands on other adventurous water sports such as Water-skiing and Wakeboarding which are even more exhilarating.
Highlights: If you are in need of some change from beaches you can take a stroll up to the Commonwealth War Cemetery, a place where a fitting tribute is given to the servicemen who died during Trinco.
Highlights: If you find historical places to be quite intriguing, you can visit the temple of KandasamyKovil which is one of the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Highlights: Give a unique spin to your romance by visiting the Crow island which is right in front of Polhena beach which enhances the aesthetic feel of the occasion.
Scuba Diving near Mount Lavina
The beach is known for its fun nightlife which is why it becomes the biggest attraction for young travellers. Asia’s largest national zoological gardens can be found in Sri Lanka’s Mount Lavinia.The golden sandy beaches remain the hotspot for many travellers and tourists.
Highlights: Barracuda Reef lies close to Mount Lavinia and is a great scuba diving sight. Mount Lavinia hosts Rainbow Kite Festival which allows people of every age group to show their artistic talent of flying colorful kites.
Highlights: The blue waters can definitely tempt you to plunge into the waters. If you don’t know diving then our Nilaveli diving centres have experts who can help you out with the same. You can even make a move towards the Pigeon island too which has rocks, pools and dozens of corals.
Kalpitiya is a small beach located in the Western Province Puttalam of Sri Lanka. The beach provides a spectacular view of the blue ocean, golden sand and Virgin Island.The Kalpitiya beach never minds boasting of its bar reefs too.
Highlights: The high speed boat safaris are something which will leave you truly overjoyed especially during the month of November and March. The most watched dolphins are the spinner dolphins along with bottlenose, Risso’s and Indo –Pacific humpback dolphins. Kite surfing is another prominent activity which can be enjoyed here.
If you dig a little deeper into the history of the Tangalle beach you will find that this beach was a small fishing village. Fishing, hence became the primary source of livelihood. The waves can be a bit violent which is why it is not considered an ideal place for swimming.
Highlights: There are some off shore reefs along the North West tip of the peninsula which is one of the finest diving sites. You can indulge in snorkelling which will be both adventurous and exciting.
pasakudah and Kalkudah
Pasakudah beach comes under ‘Special Economic Zone’ with some 14 luxury hotels surrounding it. The waters of these beaches are heated upto bathtub temperatures which makes it ideally suited for swimming. Kalkudah on the other hand was completely destroyed during the civil war of 2004.
Highlights: The beach of Pasakudah is best known for swimming.
Highlights: Known to be a crescent shaped cove, decorated with palm trees and stretching with golden sand, Talalla South is a beach that invites everyone to soak in the splendor of Lankan beaches. Along with enjoying surfing, visitors can take pleasure in doing Kite Surfing too.
Location: Talalla South is a small town located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It is well-known for splendid beachfront that offers scintillating views of the ocean.
Price: Lazing on the beach sands does not cost anything; but, the activities like Kite Boarding, Boat cruise or a sumptuous feast at the restaurant will definitely does. Surely, everything fits well within the budget.
Highlights: Smitten by the beauty of the beach, visitors just fall in love with the place and enjoy whale watching as well as diving for sure. Seriously, it is a site to remember that will unfold an ideal combination of silvery beach shaking hands with Blue Ocean. Well, visitors coming to Sri Lanka should not leave back without paying a visit to this beach. Apart from enjoying the beach, tourists can explore historic artefacts in a Dutch Fort positioned within the Matara Town.
Location: Matara is a commercial town in Sri Lanka that exhibits modernistic approach towards life with options of enjoying relaxing holidays too.
Price: Considering diving, visitors have to hire equipments at the beach. On the other side, the food and drinks are exceptionally budget-friendly and costs lesser than one may think.