Bentota Beach – Image courtesy of beyondinsrilankatravel.com
Introducing Sri Lanka
Discover an adventure playground of world-class diving, surfing, windsurfing and wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka.
What to do and see in Sri Lanka
Sunbathe, swim, snorkel and surf from an impressive expanse of golden-sand beaches that mainly lines the southern half of the island.
Windsurf at Beruwela Beach and discover world-class diving among the underwater caves and pristine coral reefs of Bentota and Hikkaduwa beaches.
Inland, scramble over the ancient city ruins of Anuradhapura and Polannaruwa; admire the Avukana statue, a large standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa (photo); spot leopards, bears and monkeys on an elephant safari through unspoiled rainforest; then hike to Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s holiest mountain.
Examine the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha at Kandy, breathe in the delicious aroma of fresh tea while roaming the Sri Lankan highlands.
Join an impromptu game of cricket on the beach and, for an insight into Sri Lanka’s enthralling culture, watch Kandy’s Esala Perahera procession or Colombo’s spectacular Vel Festival.
Best beaches in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s seasonal monsoon climate means you can enjoy a beach holiday anytime.
Sunny skies abound along the west and south coast from October to April, while the east coast beaches are best from May to September.
Sri Lanka’s best beaches, include …
Discover a wide expanse of golden sand that sweeps in a long gentle crescent between the warm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean and the blue Bentota River, set just behind the palm-fringed beach.
Sunbathe on the smooth golden sand, swim in the ocean or try sailing, windsurfing or waterskiing.
Stay in comfort at one of the many beachside resorts including the historical five-star Bentota Beach Hotel or the luxurious Taj Exotica Bentota, which nestles in a manicured beachfront garden.
Explore the Bentota River and lagoon by boat, looking out for water monitors and crocodiles among the tiny islands and mangrove forests as herons, cormorants and colourful kingfishers soar overhead.
Bentota Beach is located 62km south of Colombo on the island’s southwest coast.
Mount Lavinia Beach
This popular golden-sand beach rests beneath a soaring headland that is home to the luxurious Mount Lavinia Hotel – the former residence of the colonial Governor General.
Mount Lavinia Beach is located just 12km south of Colombo.
Relax on this quiet and undeveloped palm-fringed golden-sand beach located just south of Bentota Beach.
Ambalangoda is perfect for a day trip and the nearby town is famous as the home of devil dancing and mask making, both important aspects of Sri Lankan culture.
These colourful hand-carved and hand-painted masks are worn during traditional dance dramas, which you can watch at the local Bandu Wijesooriya School of Dancing.
Discover Sri Lanka's only marine sanctuary, home to abundant corals teeming with colourful tropical fishes.
Go swimming, snorkelling and diving or admire the underwater coral gardens in a glass-bottomed boat. Surf the beach break, sunbathe or swim from the pristine golden-sand beach and relax in comfort at either the Hotel Coral Garden or the Hotel Reefcomber.
Hikkaduwa Beach is located 98km south of Colombo. Numerous beachside restaurants, bars and clubs provide evening entertainment.
Framed by lush jungle-clad headlands, this beautiful kilometre-long crescent of palm- and tree-fringed golden sand shelves into a picturesque reef-protected bay.
Relax on the beach, go swimming, snorkelling and diving or hike up to the hilltop stupa (Buddhist temple) located behind the beach for panoramic views.
A short stroll to the western end of the beach brings you to Rumassala Hill, a legendary rocky outcrop that is home to a large collection of medicinal herbs and boisterous macaque monkeys.
Unawatuna is located around 5km south of Galle and offers a range of beachside accommodation with several boutique villa-style resorts lining the beach, including the Off Rocks Beach Villa, Thambapanni Retreat and the Thaproban Beach House.
This quiet golden-sand beach lies south of Unawatuna and is renowned as the home of the famous stilt fishermen, one of Sri Lanka's unique beach sights.
Watch as local fishermen cast their nets while balancing on a single pole embedded in the sea bottom.
Relax in comfort at the luxury Mandara Boutique Hotel, one of several resorts that line this popular beach. Or stay on idyllic Taprobane Island just metres off shore and a hideaway for the rich and famous in its private villa.
Inland, explore rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spot wildlife in nature sanctuaries.
Mirissa Bay Beach
Discover a secluded, picture-perfect, wide crescent of golden sand fringed by lush palm trees.
Swim in the calm, clear waters, surf and snorkel the west end of the bay and stroll along the beach to the rocky headland that separates the beach from the neighbouring fishing harbour.
Come for a day and dine on fresh seafood at one of the beachside restaurants or stay for a few days or longer at one of the beachside accommodations such as the upmarket Mandara Boutique Hotel.
This wide, 6km-long crescent of golden sand offers safe swimming as well as a wide range of watersport activities including waterskiing, diving and snorkelling, which is especially good around the nearby offshore Pigeon Island.
Nilaveli Beach is located on the east coast just 14km from Trincomalee.
Discover a long expanse of golden sand perfect for swimming and sunbathing, but more famous for surfing. The best time to surf is between May and November.
Arugam is located on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka and offers a number of budget-style guest cottages.
Where to stay
Sri Lanka offers a huge range of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the luxurious beachfront Taj Exotica Bentota (photo).
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotels in Sri Lanka at TripAdvisor.
Best time to honeymoon in Sri Lanka
Anytime. Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination with a tropical climate, high humidity and an average year-round temperature of 27°C, increasing to a high of 31°C in coastal regions.
January is the coolest month, especially in the highlands where temperatures may drop by up to 7°C, and May is the hottest month.
For more climate info: Bentota Weather Guide…
Getting there and around
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is located south of India in the Indian Ocean.
The most convenient route is to fly into Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport, located 29km north of the city. The beach resort of Bentota is a 90-minute drive away. Major resorts meet passengers with transportation. Singapore Airways and Emirates fly daily to Colombo from Singapore.
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Latest update Sri Lanka honeymoon destination:
8 September, 2017
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