Tropical island Sri Lanka and its wide sandy beaches always look delightfully appealing for the travellers. So escape the bustling cities of the island and head in to 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, beach parties you are well on the way to enjoy 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 the travellers who spend their holidays on the west coast. There is a large number of places that provide the 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 the easy access to blue whales and dolphins off the coastal belt of south-west Sri Lanka.
1. Bentota on Beautiful Beaches
You will get the perfect image of the beaches that 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 the 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 on 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 participated by many giant figures in the surfing world.
4. Go on whale watching
Look upon the surface of Indian Ocean off south-west 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 frequently visited by migrating whales from the Arabian Sea. Therefore whale sighting is very common in the area. Today, the whale watching is offered as day excursions and it is just a matter of 2 hours boat ride in order to encounter this endangered marine animals.
5. Meet the Locals
Tourism is a leading foreign exchange earner for the island. Sri lank known to have totally different culture, tradition and customs compared many western countries. In order to experience the real local life, you need to have a walk around the hotel. A short walk into the inland exposes you 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 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 over the Ocean. Arrack is the most popular alcoholic beverage on the island and consumed as a mixture of Soda, water, other cool drinks or fruit juices.
7. Exploring Pettah market
Embarking on a Colombo city tour is the best way to explore the city of Colombo and Pettah market. The main market of Colombo better known as Pettah is the most popular shopping corner in the island to buy fresh groceries and produce, clothing, leather products, electronic equipment, Ayurveda products and much much more. Pettah is also popular as great places 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, and India and many other countries in the early 1500s.
8. Madu River Safari
Madu River is one of the most important wetlands in the west coast of Sri Lanka and protected under the Sri Lankan environment protection act. Madu river estuary is a Ramsar wetland and has a global recognition as an important natural habitat. The visitors can travel on the waters of Mad 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 forest, due to the formation of tunnels within the forest. 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 Madu River. Madu river safari allows you to explore the fragile eco-system of mangrove and its allies. This ecosystem is mainly comprised of various types of mangrove trees and plants, many aqua bird species, water monitors, monkeys, various fish species.