Sri Lanka’s South and West Coasts – where the golden sand meets the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka is famed for its’ beaches and resorts situated along this stretch of coastline from Negombo on the west coast down to Hambantota on the south. There are lively resorts, quiet fishing villages, surfing beaches, historic colonial towns and up-and-coming resorts – a beach resort to suit every taste.

West Coast

Negombo is home to a range of resorts, shops, bars and restaurants situated along the coastal road and offering the chance to wander through town sampling local cuisine or purchasing souvenirs before returning to your hotel for a refreshing dip in the pool or a relax on the golden sands.

Most hotels are situated beachfront and look out to sea where the fishing boats are scattered across the horizon with their distinctive sails billowing in the breeze. Their catch of fresh tuna, marlin, barracuda, swordfish, prawns, lobster and crabs are sold in the local market before making their way to the restaurants and hotels to end up as your sumptuous evening meal, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Just south of Colombo on the west coast is the beach resort of Mount Lavinia famous for the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel set up on a promontory overlooking its’ own stretch of private beach. The Mount Lavinia was built in 1806 for the British Governor Sir Thomas Maitland and oozes colonial charm and elegance. With a fabulous seafood restaurant and high levels of service, the Mount Lavinia makes a good starting point for a Sri Lankan tour.

Southwest Coast

A little further down Sri Lanka’s scenic west coast is dotted with beach resorts, palm trees sway in the breeze and the Indian Ocean pounds the golden sands. While away the days lying on the beaches or try some of the watersports on offer if you are feeling a bit more adventurous.

Bentota is one of the most well known of Sri Lanka’s beach resorts and has a range of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. Situated between the Indian Ocean and the Bentota River these resorts offer the best of both worlds, romantic river cruises, soft sand beaches and great dive sites all nearby.

Kalutara is another of the popular resorts on this stretch of coastline. A former fishing village, Kalutara is home to some beautiful examples of Buddhist temples as well as bustling markets and picturesque beaches.

Hikkaduwa is known for its’ strong surf and beaches including Hikkaduwa Beach dotted with palm trees and lined with bars and restaurants, a popular resort for surfers and those looking for a lively resort.

South Coast

The historic, colonial town of Galle is situated on the south coast and boasts the UNESCO listed Dutch Fort and the famous Galle Lighthouse. A lovely place for a wander through the historic streets, a meal in a local restaurant or a browse in the shops before returning to your chosen hotel either in the town or situated in one of the resorts close by, such as stunning 5* Fortress Resort and Spa in Koggala which is famed for having the longest beach in Sri Lanka.

Beautiful Tangalle is situated at the heart of Sri Lanka’s south coast, approximately two hours from Galle and an hour and a half from Yala National Park making it a perfect stopping point to explore southern Sri Lanka without having to pack up and move hotels. The beaches along here are some of the finest in Sri Lanka and nesting turtles can often be seen at night with a guide.

A little further east along the coast is the resort of Hambantota, the setting of Sri Lanka’s first Shangri-La hotel with an 18-hole golf course and indulgent spa among its’ many draws.

Here are some examples of Sri Lanka tours and holidays featuring the west and south coast:-

11 Nights Real Food Adventure Prices from £1,430 pp. More Details

13 Nights Whales, Dolphins and Leopard from £2,785pp. More Details>>

14 Nights Splendours of Sri Lanka from £2,7245pp. More Details>>

14 Nights Sri Lanka’s Parks and Wildlife Tour from £1,799pp. More Details>>

18 Nights Family Sri Lanka Adventure Tour. Indicative price £2,900 More Details>>

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