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Beach Season on South and West Coast in Sri Lanka

Due to monsoons, beach seasons vary depending on the area you are in

Best time: January–March

Beach Season on South and West Coast

It is perfect time to start a beach season in the south​ during the winter months. Visit Mirissa, Unawatuna and surroundings to get the best tan. Other southern resorts include Kalutara, Beruwala and Bentota with endless beaches and hotels.

North of Colombo you can visit the popular resort of Negombo. Further up the coast are the perfect deserted beaches of Kalpitiya peninsula, great for dolphin-watching and diving.

Practical info

When is a suitable time to travel to southern Sri Lanka's beaches?

From January to March, the southern beaches of Sri Lanka are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and a variety of water sports like surfing, snorkelling, and diving. The temperature ranges from 28-32 degrees Celsius, and there are fewer crowds, which makes it an ideal time to visit the destination. Show more

What are the popular beaches to visit in south Sri Lanka?

South Sri Lanka is home to numerous popular beaches that attract travellers who seek a serene atmosphere. Mirissa, Unawatuna, Beruwala, Kalutara, and Bentota are among the most visited beaches. Mirissa is renowned for whale watching, Unawatuna has rich marine life, Kalutara and Beruwala have an ancient temple, and Bentota is a preferred destination for water sports. Show more

What is the recommended duration of stay at the southern Sri Lankan beaches?

Although it varies from person to person, a minimum of five days at southern Sri Lanka's beaches is recommended. It allows travellers to relax on the beaches, participate in water sports, explore temples, and go whale-watching. Since Sri Lanka has a lot to offer, travellers can extend their stay to explore other attractions in the region and hill country. Show more

Where can travellers visit deserted beaches in Sri Lanka for dolphin-watching and diving?

If you're looking for a quieter vibe, the Kalpitiya peninsula located north of Colombo is an ideal destination. It is surrounded by lagoons that offer pristine beaches with turquoise waters providing visitors with a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The secluded spot is perfect for diving, kitesurfing, and dolphin watching. It is best to visit this destination from November to April when the weather is dry and ideal for sporting activities. Show more

In what way does the monsoon season affect beach travel in Sri Lanka?

The monsoon season is an essential factor that affects beach travel in Sri Lanka. The south-western coast is from May to September, and the north-eastern coast definitely experiences monsoon rains from November to February. Beach resorts are closed due to the dangerous and choppy sea, and it is not advisable to visit during this time. Nevertheless, the east coast of the island is perfect for diving during peak monsoon season, while the west coast is excellent for surfing. Show more

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