Beach Holidays

Year around sun-kissed, palm fringed beaches to laze on; excursions and expeditions to keep you excited; stylish accommodation and personalised services for sheer indulgence; and fresh seafood spiced to tingle your tastebuds: we doubt that you need more reasons to select Sri Lanka for your beach holiday.

No matter what time of year you decide to travel (for example to escape the Australian winter), Sri Lanka is an excellent beach destination. The dry and rainy seasons interchange between the south coast and the east coast, determining which destination to head to by time of year. The western and southern beaches are at their best from November to April, while the quieter eastern coast becomes popular from April to November. We love the unspoilt beaches of Hiriketiya, Mawella and Talpe on the south coast and the tranquil white sandy beaches of Kuchchaveli, Uppaveli and Kalkudah on the east coast, where time seems to stand still. The beach in Kalpitiya in the northwest offers active beach holidays with barefoot luxury. For those looking for something more vibrant there is plenty on offer down the southern coast from Mirissa to Tangalle.

A beach holiday is not the same for everyone. While for some it is primarily for lazing on sundecks and swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, for others it may involve including expeditions into their stay. Mirissa on the south coast is great for whale watching from December to March while Uppaveli near Trincomalee on the north east coast has earned a reputation for diving and whale watching from April to October. Weligama on the south coast, Hikkaduwa and Kalpitiya on the west coast and Arugam Bay on the east coast provide fine destinations for diving, snorkelling, water sports and surfing. In addition, many popular beach destinations are located in close proximity to heritage sites, tea plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. Accommodation and cuisine are a large part of a beach holiday. Sri Lanka has a variety of affordable and good quality accommodation that is suited to both families and individuals, ranging from stylish boutique hotels to barefoot luxury properties to private villas and resorts.


Here are sample itineraries for beach holidays in Sri Lanka. Click below to read more about beach accommodation and coastal resorts in Sri Lanka or get in touch to receive a detailed itinerary for a tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka.


Amazing trip! We absolutely loved it. Sri Lanka is now a country we would definitely like to go back to and explore further.Thank you so much for all the work you did in putting the trip together for us. It was a great mix of places for us to get a good feel of the country. We will be encouraging all our friends to go to Sri Lanka.