Sri Lanka has more than a lot of beautiful and sometimes less beautiful beaches. When you are deciding which beaches to visit is the most important thing – the time of your visit. We were in Sri Lanka in 2nd half of August and 1st half of September, when there was monusoon on its South, so we at first went exploring its more genuine and less tourist East shore.
Visiting Sri Lanka at that time was definitely a good decision, because we saw migration of elephants and their gathering in Minneriya National Park, which is called »The Gathering«. When we were on the East side od Sri Lanka, we were staying in Uppuveli, visiting the beaches of Nilaveli and those of Pigeon National Park. Pigeon Island has divine coral reef, which is the best place in whole Sri Lanka for snorkeling or diving.
At the end of our Sri Lanka adventure, we were staying on its South coast. At this time the see was rough, so we had to think really carefully where to swim and bathe.
But generally we didn´t experience any monsoon at all – exept some rain in Nuwara Eliya, which is mountainous central part of Sri Lanka. That´s why we chose more constipated bay on the South shore and were staying in Unawatuna. Never the less Unawatuna is more tourist (do not compare this to tourism at summer in some Croatia shore, its not the same 🙂 ) We liked it, because it fited us to be in civilization after three weeks.
Beaches of Tangalla and Mirissa are marvelous too but at that time the see was too rough to enjoy them. But if you are traveling to Sri Lanka at our winter time, when monsoon is on Sri Lanka´s East coast, you should explore adorable beaches of its South (Mirisaa, Tangalla) and leave out its East coast.
Disappointment to us were beaches of West side of Sri Lanka, especially Negomba beach. I admit that at the end of our trip we did not have enough time to explore more of West coast, but what we saw and experience there – we didn´t like. If I had more time – or maybe somewhere sometime – I would go to Sri Lanka´s East-West area, to Kalpitiya and Wilpattu National Park. Maybe sometime We´ll go, or maybe not. Who knows 🙂