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Did you know?

Sri Lanka has the longest and best blue whale watching season in the world, spanning over nine months: on the south coast from December to April and on the east coast from March to August.

An Insider's Perspective


Andrea, one of our consultants, has a penchant for designing dreamy beach escapes for couples, friends and families. Find out why...

“If you are looking for a beach getaway where you can simply have it all, a visit to Sri Lanka will definitely not let you down! Blessed with all the ingredients of a perfect sun and sand holiday you are without a doubt bound to get hooked on the tranquil beauty of this island…”

Which is your favourite part of the coast?

On the south coast – Talalla for a memorable experience at an unspoilt beach; Unawatuna for a more active holiday and Bentota for a more laid back, relaxed holiday. On the east coast – Arugam Bay which is well known amongst surfers and without a doubt the unspoilt Nilaveli beach.

Favourite beach escape itinerary?

The Sybaratic South Coast

Which area is most suitable for young families?

For young families I would definitely recommend Talalla beach because it's great for swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking and simply laying back and relaxing. From here you can visit an ancient temple - Mulkirigala; Yala National Park; the Kalamatiya bird sanctuary and even whale watch from Mirissa.

Bentota beach is another great option, which is not far from Colombo. There are an array of water-sports on offer and kids may enjoy visiting a turtle hatchery and releasing baby turtles into the sea.

What are your top three beaches?

Talalla, Unawatuna and Nilaveli

Top Tip when travelling in Sri Lanka

An IPod is a good idea for long transfers, sunglasses, a beach hat and most importantly your camera!

A one or two week beach holiday in Sri Lanka is sure to leave you feeling revived and refreshed. Aside from the ideal ingredients of beaches lined with coconut trees, clear azure waters in the season, blue skies and long golden days, stunning villas, resorts and boutique hotels to stay in, there is a wealth of culture to indulge in. The coastal belts in Sri Lanka are home to a number of fascinating historical sites, and areas famous for their wildlife and natural beauty. In Tangalle you can visit the remarkable Mulgirigala rock temple, and watch turtles nesting and hatching in Rekawa depending on the time of year. From Thalpe and Galle you can take a boat from Mirissa to see blue whales and dolphins between November and April, visit the ancient Sinharaja rainforest, the historic walled citadel of Galle Fort, and numerous village temples. Similarly, on the north-west coast in Kalpitiya you can visit the Dutch fort and church, Wilpattu national park, famous for its large leopard population, and Anuradhapura, the first capital. Whether you choose to explore or simply enjoy your beach paradise, you are sure to leave feeling healthy and mellow.