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South West Coast Beaches

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A string of shimmering beaches

This scenic coastline shows Sri Lanka at its most developed with the established resort of Bentota along with the bustling town of Kalutara, both of which are dotted with wonderful hotels and dining options, while those who enjoy a more serene pace of life, should look no further than the small resort of Ahungalla. However, what they all share are golden beaches, swaying coconut palms and the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Why visit the South West Coast Beaches?

  • Miles of golden beaches
  • Excellent array of hotels
  • Great dining
  • Wonderful watersports
  • Ayurvedic spa treatments
  • Turtle sanctuaries
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Avani Kalutara - Pool at night

AVANI Kalutara Resort

From £35 pp

AVANI Kalutara Resort is set along the picturesque southern coast and sits between a tropical palm-fringed beach, the sea and the Kalu Ganga River.

Tangerine Beach Hotel - Aerial

Tangerine Beach

From £44 pp
Bronze Plus

Tangerine Beach is a good value, recently refurbished hotel, which adorns a vast stretch of Kalutara's golden sandy beach.

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Royal Palms Beach Hotel

From £49 pp
Silver Plus

Royal Palms Beach Hotel is located adjacent to its sister hotel, the Tangerine Beach and enjoys a beautiful setting amongst shady palms.

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa - Swimming Pool

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

From £49 pp
Silver Plus

Avani Bentota is a secluded and romantic home-away-from-home set on Bentota Beach amongst shady palms.

Heritance Ahungalla - Pool

Heritance Ahungalla

From £57 pp
Silver Plus

Heritance Ahungalla is set on a long stretch of pristine beach close to the sleepy fishing village of Ahungalla.

Mermaid Hotel & Club - Pool

Mermaid Hotel & Club

From £63 pp
Bronze Plus

Mermaid Hotel & Club is tucked away in a vast coconut grove along a stretch of golden, sandy beach in the cosy fishing village of Kalutara.

Vivanta by Taj Bentota - Swimming Pool

Vivanta by Taj Bentota

From £64 pp

Vivanta by Taj Bentota occupies a stunning location atop a large headland with Bentota's golden sands and Indian Ocean either side.

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa - Swimming Pool

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa

From £68 pp
Silver Plus

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa has an abundance of natural attractions thanks to its river and ocean setting in Bentota.

Saman Villas - Aerial

Saman Villas

From £185 pp

Saman Villas is set on a beautiful rocky promontory and enjoys a spectacular position in the quiet village of Aturuwella, on the outskirts of Bentota.

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The facts:

Getting there: The drive from Colombo airport to Ahungalla is approximately 3.5 hours; Kalutara is 2 hours and Bentota is 2.5 hours.

Best time to travel: The south west coast’s weather is governed by the south western monsoon. Average temperatures throughout the year rarely drop below 30ºC but the sunniest weather is from November to March, while rainfall is at its highest between June and September.

Bentota Climate:

Bentota Climate Chart