Here at TravelUp we always find ourselves admiring flawless beaches, especially in Sri Lanka. A cheap flight to Sri Lanka should not be turned away when you can see some of the most tropical and sun-kissed beaches for an affordable price. It simply is one of the top things to do in Sri Lanka and with so many beach resorts available, there’s no excuse to turn your head from these beach delights. Here are our top 5 beaches that you’ll immediately fall in love with.

Unawatuna Beach sri lanka

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach

Both the locals and travellers flock here in numbers to soak up the sun and really enjoy a beautiful Sri Lanka beach. The paradise is home to beach hotels, restaurants serving local specialities and small kiosks where you can find many souvenirs including seafood and clothing. Unawatuna is so irresistible thanks to its sun, sand and ideal spot to relax in Sri Lanka.

Nilaveli Beach sri lanka

Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach

This is where paradise meets the crystal clear ocean blue waters, as Nilaveli has been deemed one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. You could enjoy a spot of watersports, explore the beautiful coral reefs by going snorkelling or simply sit back and listen to the shore meeting the sun-kissed sea. The beach also has plenty of history with some stories going back to the Second World War that makes this experience even more worthwhile.

Bentota Beach sri lanka

Bentota Beach

Bentota Beach

Welcome to a peaceful, calm and easily adored beach with a variety of beautiful and unique beach hotels in Sri Lanka; it’s the well-known Bentota Beach. One of our tips for first time travellers to Sri Lanka was to plan a day here, because of the extensive range of water activities available here. You could enjoy scuba, snorkelling, sailing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking… the list goes on. With luxury and affordable hotels being just a stone-throw away from this beach, it’s definitely one to not miss.

Tangalle Beach in sri lanka

Tangalle Beach

Tangalle Beach

If you’re hunting for a breath-taking view that will leave you lost for words, one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka for this is Tangalle Beach. This hidden away beach has a dark blue ocean and flawless stretches of sand so you can easily enjoy the sun with a refreshing drink in your hand.  Mix it up and you can even sea-bathe because the water is so calm and you’ll definitely walk away with that sun-kissed glow (granted you wear sun-scream).

Kalpitiya Beach in sri lanka

Kalpitiya Beach

Kalpitiya Beach

Whale Watching. If you want to experience whale watching, this is the best beach in Sri Lanka to do so. If you head to this beach early as seven and you could be seeing giant tails and fins as they playfully explore the Sri Lankan sea. February to March is the best time to visit this beach as this is when they are more likely to be seen, you might also spot a rare humpback dolphin!

Arugam Bay Beach sri lanka

Arugam Bay Beach

Arugam Bay Beach

Surfers from all over the world come to Arugam Bay Beach because of its famous surfing points. April to October is the best time to come here and ride some waves and you can experience waves to a height of five to ten metres. It’s paradise for experienced surfers and with a lovely coastal neighbourhood nearby; it’s an excellent stop for travellers.

There are some wonderful Sri Lanka beaches to visit and the over-looked destination is certainly becoming more popular. Experience flawless sands and thee crystal clear ocean at some of TravelUp’s favourite beaches in Sri Lanka.