Beaches in South Sri Lanka

By Mridula Dwivedi April 22, 2013 28 Comments , , ,

Even though I am a mountain person I do like to take beach vacations as well. In South Sri Lanka we visited three beaches in all. We stayed at Unawatuna and did Mirissa and Matara as day trips. As I prepare to take the connecting flights back home tomorrow, I will leave with images from each of the beaches we visited.

Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka

As we stayed here we spent most of the time around Unawatuna. It is a lovely beach which was terribly affected in the tsunami of 2004. If you go to the restaurants they show pictures of the beach and the nearby areas after tsunami and what a horror they are! Tsunami stories are very common here. I saw pictures where buses were lying upside down. But enough about it. Today it is a beautiful beach again which does roaring business.

Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Mirissa is about 30 km from Unawatuna and any tuktuk driver would drop you there. It is  quieter beach than Unawatuna. It has one big hotel and rest smaller ones. There are plenty of shacks to eat and almost all of them have sunbeds where you can laze around. I tried reading a book but most of the times I failed. I was happier gazing at the sea than anything else. I saw many beginner surfers at Mirissa.

Matara Beach, Sri Lanka Matara Beach, Sri Lanka

Matara is a local beach about 40 km away from Unawatuna. It is a beautiful place. It has none of the shacks of Unawatuna and Mirissa. In fact it seems to be very popular with local couples  We arrived here mid day and it was blazing hot. Given that there were no places to sit we soon gave up on it. In this picture you do not see the couple’s as they are sitting in the shade of the coconut trees most often with an umbrella in the hand as well.

Tomorrow we head back. How I wish we had time to explore a few more beaches in Sri Lanka. After reaching I am almost immediately heading back to Guwahati and Shillong for work. But somewhere I will find time to tell you detailed stories from Sri Lanka.

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28 thoughts on “Beaches in South Sri Lanka”

  1. Sri Lankan beaches are undoubtedly among the most popular and most visited beaches in the world. They are not less familiar than the Goa in India. And thanks Mridula! you’ve highlighted them more precisely and beautifully written… 🙂

  2. such beautiful beaches, Mridula! am just reading a book which is set in Sri Lanka… that together with your photos and description make me want to go there too 😀 hope the time comes soon!

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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