If I had to describe the beaches of Sri Lanka with just one world it would be spellbinding. They are not the most beautiful I have ever seen, the sand is not white, the water is quite deep, dark blue and sometimes shallow. But something intriguing happens there. Many of the beaches are lined with tall palm trees, leaning towards the water as if they wanted to touch it. In the same time, the boisterous waves crashing into the shore create a mist that slowly goes up, towards the above mentioned palm trees. This is when the lankan beaches cast their spell on me, I could watch this lover’s play for hours and I now that I don’t have this view in front of me anymore I feel like someone has taken away my drug from me.
During our two trips to Sri Lanka we saw four different beaches, all of them on the south western coast. Here is how they look like.
- Unawatuna – very close to Galle, with golden sand, boast plenty of hotels, guest houses and restaurants. Rumours have it that it’s a popular party zone but we were there only in the morning so I can’t confirm but I would definitely trust the rumours.
- Dalawella – has the most Instagrammable palm tree rope swing which is right in front of Dream Cabana (this is the location to put on Google maps).
- Weligama – the place to be for surfing lessons.
- Mirissa – my most favorite. It has everything – surf, bars, toes in the sand kind of restaurants. The northern side is busier while the southern is much more relaxed and laid back.