A Guide to Finding the Best Beaches in Galle

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Over the years, Galle today has evolved into a mainstream beach destination. Brimming with watersport centres, boutique hotels, restaurants, and Ayurveda spas, the city in Sri Lanka has successfully enticed travellers from across the globe. Some visit to indulge in watersports and get their adrenaline rushing, while others like to explore its history and enjoy spending a relaxing time on the beach. Whatever the reason for your trip to Sri Lanka, here is your guide to finding the best Galle beaches to make the most of your holiday!

Unawatuna Beach

One of the most famous Galle beaches, Unawatuna Beach boasts of its pristine turquoise waters and golden sands that blend perfectly well with the serene surroundings. The beach is dotted with lush palm trees, which beautify its appearance. One can either enjoy taking walks by the beach or retire to one of the many shacks and enjoy the sunset. Surfers find the waves at Unawatuna Beach quite exhilarating. The beach is ideal for water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The place is also known for its explosive nightlife!

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Surfing at Dewata Beach

Dewata Beach

For surfing enthusiasts, Dewata is the best beach in Galle to visit. The waves at Dewata Beach are high enough to give surfers a fantastic surfing experience. Near the beach, there are several surfing schools where one can learn. It witnesses slow and soft waves as well as free of sharp reefs and rocks, making it the ideal beach to surf. On the beach, there are several quaint cafes and shacks that serve mouth-watering seafood with chilled beer and cocktails!

Ahungalla Beach

Located in Galle district, the palm lined Ahungalla Beach is a great place to sunbathe and relax. Among the beaches in Galle, this would not be a top choice for swimming or surfing, as the tides are usually too strong, and red flags are often raised to warn the visitors around. But one can spend long hours at this beach to enjoy its refreshing vibes and panoramic sunsets!

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Hiriketiya, known for its calming surroundings, is the beach where you can embark on tranquil walks with your loved ones. During pre-pandemic scenario, surfers enjoyed their time at this beach. Apart from surfing, adventure enthusiasts can also partake in swimming and enjoy splashing around! Hiriketiya manages to keep its virgin charm intact, comrpising white sand shoreline met with lush forests. The beach is dotted with tiny wooden huts where surfers can retire to after a day at the sea. Guests can embrace watching the golden sunsets while enjoying akai bowls!


Wijaya Beach


You cannot travel to the south of Sri Lanka, and not travel to Wijeya Beach. It has a protective reef that creates a lagoon, ideal for safe swimming. Less crowded, Wijaya Beach is home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in Galle. Have pizzas, cocktails and appetising seafood dishes at the seafront restaurants, or enjoy the nightlife that the pubs around this beach are known for!

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Sunsets at Ahungalla Beach

Ahungalla Beach

Located in the Galle district, the palm lined Ahungalla Beach is a charming place to sunbathe and relax. Due to its strong tides, the beach is not ideal for swimming, snorkelling or surfing. A beach less visited, this hidden gem is known for offering privacy to its guests. Travellers can sunbathe or take evening walks while embracing the serene ambience.

During your visit to the mesmerising Galle, make sure to pamper yourself to a restful stay at one of the luxurious resorts in the city, Owl and the Pussycat Hotel. The resort offers 5-star well-appointed suites, a multi-cuisine restaurant and a bar, and a plethora of amenities for a memorable sojourn.