The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
For those of you who think that life’s a beach, the Sri Lanka Beach Hopper enables you to swoon romantically over every sunset you see. We have selected three mid-range boutique hotels in Sri Lanka’s south-west blessed by fabulous beaches. Bentota, Mirissa and Unawatuna (close to the fortified town of Galle) are close enough together to keep transfer times to a minimum. If you wish, you can travel further afield to Kalpitiya on the north west coast or to Sri Lanka’s Deep South, arrange a day trip into the hills for a touch of variety, or turn this itinerary into a money-saving budget treat that will prove that Sri Lanka can also deliver beach holidays at bargain prices.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you directly to Bentota, where the west coast sands are at their finest. Bentota offers a range of water-sports including windsurfing, snorkelling, jet boating and water-skiing and the sunsets are as good as they get. For a break from the beach life, visit nearby Lunuganga – a garden retreat that was created by Geoffrey Bawa with numerous varieties of foliage, many pavilions, and statues.
Your next target is Mirissa, not much more than an hour to the south. Sri Lanka’s jagged south coast from Galle to Tangalle consists of several coral-protected coves which offer a different feel from the broad sands of Bentota. Mirissa is a justifiably popular beach for surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Whale watching excursions are organised by Mirissa Water Sports during the season from December to April when the seas are calm. Learn to surf or take a trip to Rekawa, a beach where marine turtles come to nest. The Mulgirigala Temple in Tangalle is another fascinating expedition. Perched on an enormous boulder more than 200m high, this ancient temple dates back almost 2,000 years when it was a site of a Buddhist monastery.
Head back along the picturesque southern coast to the historic city of Galle, Sri Lanka's greatest creative hub. Spend your final two nights in a beach hotel on the Galle coast at Unawatuna, close enough to see the fortified town in the distance. Experience life within this fascinating fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander around the maze of narrow streets which are lined with quaint houses, Dutch- and British-period buildings still in use, and a a growing collection of art galleries, museums, shops and cafes. Consider a guided bicycle trail along nearby rural roads.
Club Villa is an enchanting holiday retreat on a broad and peaceful stretch of beach on the southern outskirts of Bentota. This much-loved property, originally built by Geoffrey Bawa, is cherished by a loyal clientele for a peaceful atmosphere in a pretty coconut grove, immaculate service and good-quality food.
A truly escapist setting on a beautiful bay just south of Mirissa gives Parrotfish Bay an advantage enjoyed by few. This contemporary villa in traditional style is sold by the room and is a perfect spot for lovers
Coco Bay, a 12-room hotel just minutes away from Unawatuna Bay has been warmly received. This modern hotel, blessed by a quieter aspect than the main beach strip, has vibrant interiors and well-equipped, spacious with sea views.
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