Golden Beaches of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small but very beautiful island with a rich and ancient history and culture. It is full of the most amazing places to visit and in recognition of the wondrous beauty of these sites have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Pasikudah

A green algae bay that has become a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners after the end of civil war in 2009. It is known to have the longest span of shallow unspoiled coastline of crystal clear waters in the world. People walk miles into the sea because of the low water level and weak currents. The beach sand blurs out in a blissful trance and the shore fading to liquid gold, vivid in brilliant light as the sun sets , the beach paradise vastly develops to a investing point as the as the tourist attractions inflates alongside.  The exotic coral reefs and variety of colorful tropical fish together with luxurious accommodations is an enchanting getaway. The government’s strict environmental policies have prevented certain mass developments buy economically developed to an extent.

Pasikudah

A green algae bay that has become a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners after the end of civil war in 2009. It is known to have the longest span of shallow unspoiled coastline of crystal clear waters in the world. People walk miles into the sea because of the low water level and weak currents. The beach sand blurs out in a blissful trance and the shore fading to liquid gold, vivid in brilliant light as the sun sets , the beach paradise vastly develops to a investing point as the as the tourist attractions inflates alongside.  The exotic coral reefs and variety of colorful tropical fish together with luxurious accommodations is an enchanting getaway. The government’s strict environmental policies have prevented certain mass developments buy economically developed to an extent.

Trincomalee

Often called Trinco, is one of the main centers of Tamil language speaking culture on the island. Home to the famous Koneshwaram Temple denote its historic monuments of Bhadrakali Amman Temple and Hindu. Trinco has a vast historic significance as its stories runs back to more than two millennia. Being one of the oldest cities in Asia, it has a notable maritime seaport in the international trading history. Unlike any other harbors in the Indian ocean, Trinco bay harbor is vast in size and security and is attainable in all weathers. Trinco’s urbanization developed under many foreign reigns starting from Tamil Chola dynastry to British. It was best described as “the finest harbor in the world and the most valuable colonial possession on the globe” by British.

The beach beautifully mixed with culture, the whale watching tours and deep diving in the refreshing sea along with many other interesting places are offered in Trincomalee.

Trincomalee

Often called Trinco, is one of the main centers of Tamil language speaking culture on the island. Home to the famous Koneshwaram Temple denote its historic monuments of Bhadrakali Amman Temple and Hindu. Trinco has a vast historic significance as its stories runs back to more than two millennia. Being one of the oldest cities in Asia, it has a notable maritime seaport in the international trading history. Unlike any other harbors in the Indian ocean, Trinco bay harbor is vast in size and security and is attainable in all weathers. Trinco’s urbanization developed under many foreign reigns starting from Tamil Chola dynastry to British. It was best described as “the finest harbor in the world and the most valuable colonial possession on the globe” by British.

The beach beautifully mixed with culture, the whale watching tours and deep diving in the refreshing sea along with many other interesting places are offered in Trincomalee.

Batticaloa

The city is the heart of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city. Out of the three lagoons in the district, Batticaloa is the largest consist of many small islands within. Many substantial bridges were built across joining the landmarks. The biggest is Lady Manning bridge in Kalladi which is also famous for the singing fishes – a musical sound heard in the lagoon on a full moon day which was recorded and broadcasted in the early 1960s. Although Hinduism is the major religion, many Catholic, Muslim, and Buddhist religious places represent the cultural harmony and peace in the area now.

The large scale shrimp farms as well as fish and rice processing activities show a huge aptitude of tourist industry.

Batticaloa

The city is the heart of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city. Out of the three lagoons in the district, Batticaloa is the largest consist of many small islands within. Many substantial bridges were built across joining the landmarks. The biggest is Lady Manning bridge in Kalladi which is also famous for the singing fishes – a musical sound heard in the lagoon on a full moon day which was recorded and broadcasted in the early 1960s. Although Hinduism is the major religion, many Catholic, Muslim, and Buddhist religious places represent the cultural harmony and peace in the area now.

The large scale shrimp farms as well as fish and rice processing activities show a huge aptitude of tourist industry.

Mount Lavinia

Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia is the largest municipal of Sri Lanka after Colombo. One of the most liberal regions, that has been a perfect place for tourism. The etymology of the area is encircled in the love story of the Governor Thomas Maitland and Lovina Aponsuwa- a local mestizo dancer. The Governor’s mansion which is now the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel is named after her. After many legends, the identity came to a official acceptance when the Governor used the postal address Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon in 1805.

Mount Lavinia is a suburb renowned for its “Golden mile” of beaches and now a hustling city with life, is acclaimed for its beach activities, vivacious nightlife and exotic dining locations along the beach.

Mount Lavinia

Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia is the largest municipal of Sri Lanka after Colombo. One of the most liberal regions, that has been a perfect place for tourism. The etymology of the area is encircled in the love story of the Governor Thomas Maitland and Lovina Aponsuwa- a local mestizo dancer. The Governor’s mansion which is now the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel is named after her. After many legends, the identity came to a official acceptance when the Governor used the postal address Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon in 1805.

Mount Lavinia is a suburb renowned for its “Golden mile” of beaches and now a hustling city with life, is acclaimed for its beach activities, vivacious nightlife and exotic dining locations along the beach.

Beruwala

During 8th century first Muslim settlements were initiated by Arab traders and their descendants still lives in “China Fort” town. Masjid-ul-Abrar, oldest mosque and Al-Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Maha Vidyalaya, the first and oldest girls school in Sri Lanka amplify town’s value. The extended beach which is exemplary for bathing almost every time of the year and has attracted investors of the resort development field to creat a lush life around Beruwala. The comfortable tropical weather with hot sun, bland food and Spas- as Beruwala is developed into Sri Lanka’s major Ayurvedic treatments; nothing goes unnoticed. Beruwala’s broad and alluring beach, concealed by the palm groves that disperse along the coastline relish on the blazing sun adds distinctive points to the traditional fish market as well as the International Lighthouse  and radiates the charm of the whole Island.

Beruwala

During 8th century first Muslim settlements were initiated by Arab traders and their descendants still lives in “China Fort” town. Masjid-ul-Abrar, oldest mosque and Al-Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Maha Vidyalaya, the first and oldest girls school in Sri Lanka amplify town’s value. The extended beach which is exemplary for bathing almost every time of the year and has attracted investors of the resort development field to creat a lush life around Beruwala. The comfortable tropical weather with hot sun, bland food and Spas- as Beruwala is developed into Sri Lanka’s major Ayurvedic treatments; nothing goes unnoticed. Beruwala’s broad and alluring beach, concealed by the palm groves that disperse along the coastline relish on the blazing sun adds distinctive points to the traditional fish market as well as the International Lighthouse  and radiates the charm of the whole Island.

Kalpitiya

Known for its tranquil beauty, constitute of 14 islands is now developing to attract more tourists as a marine sanctuary with a diverse variety of flat coastal plains, salt pans, and vast sand dune beaches. This coastal waters are home to dolphins, whales and sea turtles as watching them has been made a major tourist attraction here. The hotels along the beach provides off-shore whale watching and various water related activities such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving to both foreigners as well as locals to enjoy. Many projects are proposed and on the run including a Underwater Amusement Park, a Golf Course, a Race Course and a Cricket Playground to develop the area.

Kalpitiya

Known for its tranquil beauty, constitute of 14 islands is now developing to attract more tourists as a marine sanctuary with a diverse variety of flat coastal plains, salt pans, and vast sand dune beaches. This coastal waters are home to dolphins, whales and sea turtles as watching them has been made a major tourist attraction here. The hotels along the beach provides off-shore whale watching and various water related activities such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving to both foreigners as well as locals to enjoy. Many projects are proposed and on the run including a Underwater Amusement Park, a Golf Course, a Race Course and a Cricket Playground to develop the area.

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa meaning Sword of Knowledge is a small town in the Southern Coastline. It is a well known International destination for board- surfing as the beach and the nightlife makes it a popular tourist attraction as well. Hikkaduwa coral sanctuary has relatively 70 varieties of kaleidoscopic corals and stands out as a Marina National Park.

The town got more famous when it was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s- No Reservations.

Due to uncontrolled development of guesthouses and restaurants competing to be the closest to the shores has influenced on atrocious beach erosion and pollution but still the city is able to hold its enchantments via festivities and water activities.

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa meaning Sword of Knowledge is a small town in the Southern Coastline. It is a well known International destination for board- surfing as the beach and the nightlife makes it a popular tourist attraction as well. Hikkaduwa coral sanctuary has relatively 70 varieties of kaleidoscopic corals and stands out as a Marina National Park.

The town got more famous when it was featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s- No Reservations.

Due to uncontrolled development of guesthouses and restaurants competing to be the closest to the shores has influenced on atrocious beach erosion and pollution but still the city is able to hold its enchantments via festivities and water activities.

Unawatuna

A major tourist attraction, being famous for its beautiful beach and lavish corals in Sri Lanka.

This town has its mythical roots from the Hindu Epic- Ramayanaya joined with Rumassala Hill as a piece of the mountain that fell from Hanuman’s hand along with the story of the Goddess of Earth saving an Indian prince by helping him reach Unawatuna from his shipwreck.

Unawatuna is rich in biodiversity, attracting visitors to its Marsh Lands or Mangroves. Over a 60 species of endemic birds are mostly sighted in the Rumassala Hillock and beach. Eco- trekking and diving also attracts visitors to Rumassala as a unique jungle beach as much as Sea Turtle hatcheries in Habaraduwa.

Before the destruction by the tsunami in 2004, Unawatuna was one of the 12 best beaches, but still is considered to be one of the 100 best beaches in the world.

Unawatuna

A major tourist attraction, being famous for its beautiful beach and lavish corals in Sri Lanka.

This town has its mythical roots from the Hindu Epic- Ramayanaya joined with Rumassala Hill as a piece of the mountain that fell from Hanuman’s hand along with the story of the Goddess of Earth saving an Indian prince by helping him reach Unawatuna from his shipwreck.

Unawatuna is rich in biodiversity, attracting visitors to its Marsh Lands or Mangroves. Over a 60 species of endemic birds are mostly sighted in the Rumassala Hillock and beach. Eco- trekking and diving also attracts visitors to Rumassala as a unique jungle beach as much as Sea Turtle hatcheries in Habaraduwa.

Before the destruction by the tsunami in 2004, Unawatuna was one of the 12 best beaches, but still is considered to be one of the 100 best beaches in the world.

Bentota

This is a beautiful coastal town in Galle district near the banks of the Bentota river mouth. The etymology was due to a mythical demon named ‘Bem’ who ruled the ‘tota’, the river bank. Bentota beach is also an attraction along with other beaches in Galle district, conducting International Music Festivals by many private corporations.

The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is only 11km away from Bentota as well as the Brief Garden – the house and garden of the renowned Sri Lankan landscape artist, Bevis Bawa. The Galapotha Raja Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple that contains historical monuments from the Medieval era gives this area a significant aura. But the most exciting attraction that pulls both local and foreign visitors is the joyrides operated by Skylark Aviation Helicopters and Richy Skylark Helipad that increases the beauty of the beach as seen up from the sky.

Also Bentota is famous for toddy production – an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.

Bentota

This is a beautiful coastal town in Galle district near the banks of the Bentota river mouth. The etymology was due to a mythical demon named ‘Bem’ who ruled the ‘tota’, the river bank. Bentota beach is also an attraction along with other beaches in Galle district, conducting International Music Festivals by many private corporations.

The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is only 11km away from Bentota as well as the Brief Garden – the house and garden of the renowned Sri Lankan landscape artist, Bevis Bawa. The Galapotha Raja Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple that contains historical monuments from the Medieval era gives this area a significant aura. But the most exciting attraction that pulls both local and foreign visitors is the joyrides operated by Skylark Aviation Helicopters and Richy Skylark Helipad that increases the beauty of the beach as seen up from the sky.

Also Bentota is famous for toddy production – an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar.

Jaffna

The city is located in a Peninsula as its suburb – Nallur served as the capital of the ancient Jaffna Kingdom. Before the 30 years of civil war, it was the second most populated city after Colombo.  Jaffna has been a competed city, made into a colonial port from Portuguese to LTTE. With a vast variety of ethnic and religious people, the city is home to a number of best educating institutions including the Northern University and the popular Library of Jaffna that holds many ancient literary documents. The city was a famous trading town to European merchants in colonial times. Even after years of destruction many corporations built the city with Malls and Luxury Hotels like Jetwing Jaffna elevating the tourism industry and the government reinstated roads and the railway from Jaffna to Colombo bringing back North’s significance.

The city is twined with Sterling Heights, Michigan to facilitate the education as Jaffna had one of the highest literacy rates within Sri Lanka. Jaffna has many remarkable places from Hindu Temples such as Nallur Kovil to Colonial buildings like the fortifications and what’s left of them

Jaffna

The city is located in a Peninsula as its suburb – Nallur served as the capital of the ancient Jaffna Kingdom. Before the 30 years of civil war, it was the second most populated city after Colombo.  Jaffna has been a competed city, made into a colonial port from Portuguese to LTTE. With a vast variety of ethnic and religious people, the city is home to a number of best educating institutions including the Northern University and the popular Library of Jaffna that holds many ancient literary documents. The city was a famous trading town to European merchants in colonial times. Even after years of destruction many corporations built the city with Malls and Luxury Hotels like Jetwing Jaffna elevating the tourism industry and the government reinstated roads and the railway from Jaffna to Colombo bringing back North’s significance.

The city is twined with Sterling Heights, Michigan to facilitate the education as Jaffna had one of the highest literacy rates within Sri Lanka. Jaffna has many remarkable places from Hindu Temples such as Nallur Kovil to Colonial buildings like the fortifications and what’s left of them

Arugambay

With a population of Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil as well as European and Australian migrants, Arugambay holds its fame for the surfing tourism, grateful to its point breaks and the rocky sea bottom. It is the home of some of Sri Lanka’s most talented surfers who are recently taking over the national competitions as well as international.

The major economic was fishing until it was dominated by the accelerated boost of tourism. The local beaches, lagoons that endows a calm and serene atmosphere also bewitch visitors as much as the historic temples and the Kumana National Park nearby.

The recent developments after tsunami and war, like the bridge connecting Pottuvil and Arugambay as a escape route from traffic provides a quaint scenery as well.

Although many organizations have declared to have done major works, no evident improvement can be seen except the Italian NGOs still active in the area, after 2004.

Arugambay

With a population of Muslim, Sinhala, Tamil as well as European and Australian migrants, Arugambay holds its fame for the surfing tourism, grateful to its point breaks and the rocky sea bottom. It is the home of some of Sri Lanka’s most talented surfers who are recently taking over the national competitions as well as international.

The major economic was fishing until it was dominated by the accelerated boost of tourism. The local beaches, lagoons that endows a calm and serene atmosphere also bewitch visitors as much as the historic temples and the Kumana National Park nearby.

The recent developments after tsunami and war, like the bridge connecting Pottuvil and Arugambay as a escape route from traffic provides a quaint scenery as well.

Although many organizations have declared to have done major works, no evident improvement can be seen except the Italian NGOs still active in the area, after 2004.

Pigeon Island

One of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, the rocky Pigeon Island holds some of the best remaining coral reefs from Hikkaduwa Southern Coastal Belt. It is a major tourist destination as well as a nesting place for rock pigeons. It was used as a shooting range in colonial era.

Fishing and Ornamental fish collection are the main economic usage of the coral reef and is also used as a Scuba diving site.

The recent uncontrollable tourism has damaged the shallow reef to a degree but has several secured areas affected by the tsunami in 2004.

Pigeon Island

One of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, the rocky Pigeon Island holds some of the best remaining coral reefs from Hikkaduwa Southern Coastal Belt. It is a major tourist destination as well as a nesting place for rock pigeons. It was used as a shooting range in colonial era.

Fishing and Ornamental fish collection are the main economic usage of the coral reef and is also used as a Scuba diving site.

The recent uncontrollable tourism has damaged the shallow reef to a degree but has several secured areas affected by the tsunami in 2004.