Five Beautiful Beaches Close to Colombo

Beaches in Colombo
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Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia beach is one of the most-liked locations and beaches in Colombo; it is a favourite spot for people of all ages and a great place to hangout for families and friends. It is ideal for taking a cool dip in the magnificent blue Indian ocean, or just lie down on the beautiful stretch of broad sandy shore to soak up the sun. Some come with friends for a walk, and the beach is also a favorite choice for picnics, photo shoots and beach parties.

Kalutara Beach

Kalutara itself divides into two, with Kalutata North having the more scenic beach. It’s one of the west coast’s largest communities, but the long stretch of beach north of the town remains calm and unspoilt, dotted with a string of hotels. Kalutara was once controlled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The British replaced the inland estates with rubber plantations. Today, Kalutara is better known for its coconut palm gardens and for coconut-fiber products and, of course, a favorite tourist spot due its beautiful beaches.

Bentota Beach

If you are looking calm and beautiful retreat, this is the most refreshing and relaxing site. The Bentota Beach which extends across 7-8 kilometers is truly a symbol of peace, calmness and cleanness. One of its strongest points is its quiet surroundings which, according to many people, run the natural and relaxing environment of the beach. There is plenty of space of everyone to settle in perfectly and enjoy the sun bath to the fullest.

Hikkaduwa Beach

Located 98 km away from Colombo, Hikkaduwa beach is a very popular destination with international tourists. It is a breathtakingly beautiful beach where you can relax, enjoy the warm rays of sun and have the excitement of indulging in surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving. A very famous coral garden is in Hikakduwa, hence, glass-bottomed boats are available on hire for visitors to explore the magnificence of underwater. It is also an internationally-popular destination for board-surfing and surfing. Hikkaduwa is also well known for its vibrant nightlife and delicious seafood cuisine. The extraordinarily charming beach of Hikkaduwa is a place for plenty of fun and excitement.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna beach draws in both local and foreign visitors alike. Unawatuna is a vibrant place with people of all ages coming to have a dip in warm shallow waters and with vendors selling various tidbits from seafood to clothing. Although most beaches attract visitors through their irresistible magnetism of  sun, sand and relaxation, Unawatuna beach is not only all those but also an ideal place to take a dip in the peaceful ocean or indulge in some watersports with family. Taking the Southern Expressway from Colombo allows you to reach Unawatuna within an hour. The beautiful bay of Unawatuna is always radiating its charm drawing in more and more visitors all year round.

All the above-mentioned beaches are located as little as 35 minutes to just over 2 hours away from most of the five-star hotels in Colombo.