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Sri Lanka Beaches Over one thousand kilometers of palm fringed sandy beaches encircle the Island. Sri Lanka is never out of season for a beach holiday.The beach resorts in the West Coast, South Coast and the East Coast are the most popular with people who enjoy taking a dip in the warm waters and relaxing on the sandy beach.

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West Coast Beaches
Two best beaches on the West Coast are Mt. Lavinia and Negombo. Number of tourists arrive in these beaches to enjoy in well-developed beach resorts.

Mt. Lavinia: Mtl Lavinia, located 11km off Colombo, along the road to Galle is a wonderful beach resort. Completely safe for bathing it is a nice bathing spot with clean sandy beaches. Mount Lavinia has a hidden meaning. It reminds of an affair between a British Governor and a local damsel who used to meet at the holiday house of the Governor. The house was located on the very spot where Mt. Lavinia Hotel is located now. May be for this reason young people love to visit Mount Lavinia.

Negombo: Negombo is the most important beach resort in the West Coast of Sri Lanka. Long-stretched sandy beaches and a safe sea are prominent attractions in Negombo, a conventional fishing town. Besides enjoying various activities sports on the beaches, one can also visit fish market trading variety of fish including prawns, crabs and seer. Visiting the place in morning can be extra beneficial for this is the time when the fishing crafts return to the shore with their catch.

South Coast Beaches
During the months of October to April, the southern coastal belt is the most popular and vibrant. This time the monsoon moves north east and the sea becomes calm with blue skies. For passing winter vacations this is an ideal place. Prominent beach resorts in South Coast are Beruwala, Bentota and Hikkaduwa.

Hikkaduwa: This beach is located 99 km from Colombo. Underwater beauty makes this place very attractive. This marine sanctuary abounds with rare corals and tropical fish. Indulge in snorekelling for enjoying colourful corals and beautiful shoals of fish. As an option you can also take a ride in a glass bottom boat.

Beruwala: The beach is famous for its masks and puppets used for devil dancing. Located 56 km off Colombo Beruwala signals the beginning of a beach stretch of 130km. In past few years a string of resorts have developed here. One can bath in the sea year round. This place is considered the first Muslim settlement in the island. The ligthouse here attracts several people.

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