Table of Contents
- What is the best time to visit the west coast of Sri Lanka?
- 1. Bentota on Beautiful Beaches
- 2. Relax in a Cool Place
- 3. Try surfing
- 4. Go on whale watching
- 5. Meet the Locals
- 6. Go to a Beach Bar Crawl
- 7. Exploring the Pettah market
- 8. Madu River Safari
Tropical island Sri Lanka and its wide sandy beaches always look delightfully appealing to travellers. West coast beaches are the most appealing for sun, sea and sand, therefore I thought of making this article under the title “8 Things To Do On the West Coast Of Sri Lanka”.
West coast beach resorts such as Bentota, and Negombo are very popular among foreign travellers for short vacations such as 1 day Sri Lanka tours, 2 days Sri Lanka tours, as well as Sri Lanka, relaxing trips such as 7 days Beach holiday packages and 2 weeks Sri Lanka trips.
So escape the bustling cities of the island and head into the west to share some wonderful experiences with other beach holiday lovers. If you are a fun-loving character and fascinated by fun cocktail bars, restaurants, discos, and beach parties you are well on the way to enjoying yourself. On the other hand, if you enjoy having sun, sea and sand in a calm atmosphere and pat yourself with freedom, still there are many unpopulated beaches around the corner.
Water sports are some of the most favourites of travellers who spend their holidays on the west coast. There is a large number of places that provide recreation facilities on the west coast of Sri Lanka. You will discover a haven for surfing, kite-surfing, snorkelling, canoeing, diving and fishing. Whale watching trips allow you easy access to blue whales and dolphins off the coastal belt of southwest Sri Lanka.
West coast Sri Lanka harbours a large number of historical and cultural monuments. Some of the historical places are more than many thousands of years old. Same time there are many other historical places that are closely related to Colonial heritage E.g Galle Dutch Fort, which is world-renowned as the best-preserved Dutch colonial fort in Asia.
Gngatilaka vihara, Kande vihara, and Gangarama temple are the most popular Buddhist temples on the west coast of Sri Lanka. All of them attract a large number of Buddhist devotees as well as foreign travellers.
Sri Lanka is under the influence of the monsoon and therefore Sri Lankan climate varies depending on the monsoon pattern. Sri Lanka has 6 months changing weather pattern, in which the west coast gets heavy rain from May to October, while the east coast gets heavy rain from monsoon wind from May to October. Usually, November to April considered being the best time to travel to visit the west coast of Sri Lanka.
1. Bentota on Beautiful Beaches
You will get the perfect image of the beaches that are mostly described in travel brochures. Wide, snow-white, clean, palm-fringed, beaches with access to warm, crystal clear water. A perfect place for sun-worshipers to include in their Sri Lanka road trip. Pull out a sun lounger from the rack and just lie down and relax under the clear sky.
There is a well-developed setup for travellers here, therefore you are not short of beach restaurants and beach bars. Sip an arrack cocktail under the sun and see how fast you get the tan coloured skin. It is highly advisable to apply some sunscreen in order to avert any sunburns.
2. Relax in a Cool Place
If you are with a family, you may like to have some privacy for the members of the family. There are many cosy small family villas enabling you to enjoy the privacy of these tropical beaches. You are not far from the beach. West coast beaches are the perfect place for enjoying the sprawling sun rays while having a relaxed atmosphere around you.
3. Try surfing
The west coast, especially in Narigama, is surfing crazy. Reserve several days of your holiday to learn how to surf properly and I guarantee you will never want to leave it. It may be tough to maters the art of surfing but some knowledge of it is enough to enjoy this fascinating sport. If you are already an expert on surfing, you have the opportunity to take part in surf contests that are participated by many giant figures in the surfing world.
4. Go on whale watching
Look upon the surface of the Indian Ocean off southwest Sri Lanka, you will find yourself surrounded by blue whales and dolphins. Deep waters off Mirissa are ranked among the best places for whale watching in the region. This part of the ocean is inhabited by a large number of resident whales and is frequently visited by migrating whales from the Arabian Sea.
Therefore whale sighting is very common in the area. Today, whale watching is offered as day excursions and it is just a matter of 2 hours boat ride in order to encounter these endangered marine animals.
5. Meet the Locals
Tourism is a leading foreign exchange earner for the island. Sri lank known to have totally different cultures, traditions and customs compared to many western countries. In order to experience real local life, you need to have a walk around the hotel.
A short walk into the inland exposes you to the real Sri Lankan village life. See the simple charming life of Sri Lankan villages. These people have managed to retain their authentic village life despite the influence of the tourism industry. Take part in a village tour in Sri Lanka to learn about the various cottage industries, fishing methods and farming practices of the local community.
6. Go to a Beach Bar Crawl
There is no other place to observe the sunset as good as on the beaches of the West coast of Sri Lanka. Look out over the Indian Ocean with an arrack cocktail in your hand. All the restaurants and hotels are built with a corner that provides a clear view of the Ocean. Arrack is the most popular alcoholic beverage on the island and is consumed as a mixture of Soda, water, other cool drinks or fruit juices.
7. Exploring the Pettah market
Embarking on a Sri Lanka tour to explore Colombo, which is the best way to explore the city of Colombo and the Pettah market. The main market of Colombo better known as Pettah is the most popular shopping corner on the island to buy fresh groceries and produce, clothing, leather products, electronic equipment, Ayurveda products and much much more.
Colombo day trips are very popular among the travellers, most importantly the Colombo walking tour. Pettah is also popular as a great place for lunching with many cafes, restaurants and top-rated hotels. Less evident to the travellers is the long history of Pettah as a market- dating back to many hundred years, which was frequented by traders from Arabian, China, India and many other countries in the early 1500s.
Madu safari is one of the very popular activities among travellers that spend a beach holiday on the west and southern coast. Madu River is one of the most important wetlands on the west coast of Sri Lanka and is protected under the Sri Lankan environment protection act. Madu river estuary is a Ramsar wetland and has global recognition as an important natural habitat.
The visitors can travel on the waters of Madu Rivers for more than 10 kilometres while exploring the valuable and rare mangrove forest. In some places, you have the opportunity to penetrate through the mangrove bays, which has a huge hollow within making a shape of a tunnel, due to the hollow inside the travellers can penetrate the mangrove bay.
It will be a novel experience for most travellers to travel through a natural tunnel formed by mangroves and other trees and plants that lies in the waters of the Madu River.
Madu river safari allows you to explore the fragile ecosystem of mangroves and their allies. This ecosystem is mainly comprised of various types of mangrove trees and plants, many aqua bird species, water monitors, monkeys, and various fish species.