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Easily accessible whether you are traveling west from Yala and Hambantota or south from Galle, the Southern Coast has miles of golden beaches, separated into small bays, each with its own resort.

This area was first discovered by backpackers and accommodation is generally more simple than that found at nearby Galle and Bentota, with an easy-going, friendly atmosphere and plenty of small restaurants and local shops, with water sports available locally.

The best time to visit this part of Sri Lanka is between November and April as the sea can be rough through the summer months.

Tangalle and turtles

Tangalle is one of the best beaches on the south coast and a breeding ground for turtles. The turtles are protected, with a local sanctuary where you can see the conservation project work, and this quiet conservation project sets the tone for small, eco-friendly beach resorts.


Unawatuna is a peaceful little town with a sheltered beach where you can swim safely year-round. The hotels are simple and often small, friendly locally run establishments. There is a large choice of beach cafés and bars where tasty seafood fresh from the sea is cooked to order.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Southern Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Southern Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Southern Coast

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Southern Coast

    Accommodation choices for the Southern Coast

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Southern Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.