Top 5 Sri Lanka south coast beaches

Top 5 Sri Lanka south coast beaches

Discover the diversity of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline, from the beautiful Mirissa Bay which offers wonderful whale watching opportunities and a variety of water-sports, to the picture-perfect tropical beaches of Tangalle, arguably Sri Lanka’s most romantic holiday destination. Here are just a few of our favourites:


Just 15 minutes from popular Galle Fort, the UNESCO World Heritage Site which also offers travellers great shopping and dining opportunities, Unawatuna is a wide bay fringed by relaxed beach bars and restaurants that offers a variety of water-sports and safe swimming from December to March.

Best for: Those looking for affordable accommodation and a laidback atmosphere.


Koggala Beach is almost one kilometre in length and boasts some of the best boutique beach hotels in the area, such as stylish KK Beach. A variety of fantastic beachside restaurants and cafés are close by, including Wijaya Beach where marine turtles can be seen swimming close to the shore.

Best for: Boutique hotels in a range of prices and those seeking a balance between tranquillity and things to do.


This crescent-shaped bay has long attracted travellers seeking the ideal tropical beach escape. It is a picturesque bay, made more idyllic by the views of Taprobane Island which sits just out to sea, and is a great option for water-sports, particularly surfing. Choose Cape Weligama for amazing views.

Best for: Water-sports and spectacular photo opportunities.


A popular choice for travellers of all ages, Mirissa Bay offers the chance for whale watching between December and March. This beautiful bay is also praised for its great surfing waves, lively nightlife and sailing opportunities. We recommend having dinner at the enchanting Zephyr Restaurant.

Best for: Those seeking a wide range of things to do and varied dining opportunities.


Arguably Sri Lanka’s most romantic destination, Tangalle is a picture-perfect tropical beach – a long stretch of golden sand fringed by swaying coconut palms, sandwiched between small fishing villages. This is the ideal beach destination for those seeking peace and privacy and quiet sunset strolls.

Best for: Escaping the crowds. A great choice for honeymooners.