This guide into the best beaches in Galle will help you to choose a great beach and beach hotel to stay near when visiting Galle in Sri Lanka. Galle is a beautiful old colonial citadel on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Every year thousands of tourists head to Galle for its nice little streets, its amazing restaurants and classy bars, and of course the many great beaches that can be found nearby.
When looking at the best Galle Beaches we notice that there are quite a few beautiful beaches near Galle. Unawatuna Beach, Bentota Beach and Akurala beach spring to mind, as well as Jungle Beach, Koggala Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Hikkaduwa beach and Induruwa beach.
Jungle Beach near Galle is considered to be one of the most amazing beaches for those looking for seclusion, clear waters and active marine life, while Hikkaduwa beach is recommended for those who want to chill at a beach bar or catch some waves.
Another great beach to try out is Rumassala. This great beach is known for its diverse marine life and is a favourite amongst snorkelers. Rumassala beach is located very close to Jungle Beach. Both beaches are only a 5 minte tuk tuk ride away from the centre of Galle.
Although some of these beaches might be near the beautiful old town of Galle in Galle Fort, others can be reached by tuk tuk or even Uber within 20 minutes to half an hour. Especially when you are someone who loves to mix things up a bit, Galle is a great place to stay when wanting to hit a different golden sand beach every single day from Galle Fort.
Other beaches in the area you might want to have a look at are Mirissa Beach, Dalawella Beach, Narigama Beach, Pitiwella Beach, Hiriketiya Beach and for some adventure: Kohhala Lake. I would highly recommend visiting Narigama beach and Arugam Bay when in the area.
What are the best Water Sports Adventure Beaches in Galle
As some of you might know, Sri Lanka is praised for its pristine beaches and great surfing spots. Villages such as Hikkaduwa for instance, house a plethora of surfing schools and offer other adventure sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and canoeing.
If you want to experience some great water sports you can head to Unawatuna Beach and Hikkaduwa beach. Here you will find a number of companies offering tourists water sports tours and adventure tours such as canoeing the lagoons on a guided tour.
When to visit Galle for a beach holiday
Before booking a trip to Sri Lanka, it is important to find out when to travel to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ as the country has a monsoon season where temperatures drop considerably. It would be a shame if you are looking forward to your Sri Lanka beach holiday on Arugam bay to then arrive in the middle of monsoon season.
April and May are the hottest seasons in Sri Lanka, yet it is recommended to book in April rather than may as the Monsoon can come early, ruining your May holiday plans.
Winters can be too cold to hit the beach with temperatures between 18.3°C (64.9°F) and 23.9°C (75°F).
The best months to visit Galle for a beach holiday are March and April.
Do keep in mind that the east coast of the island and the west coast of the island have different Monsoon seasons. This makes it possible for you to move from the east coast to the west coast in case you decide to stay longer and want to keep enjoying the beach!
What are the best beach hotels near Galle
Sri Lanka is known for its amazing beach hotels. Whether you decide to get a hotel on the west coast or at the east coast, near Hikkaduwa Beach or Koggala beach – there is always a great Sri Lanka beach hotel for your budget. In order to help you choose the perfect beach hotel for your stay in Galle, I have researched 5 of the best beach hotels in the area.
Le Grand Galle By Asia Leisure
If you are looking for luxury on the beaches of Galle, this beautiful resort is the perfect fit for your Sri Lanka trip. This beach resort is set near a beautiful beach with shallow waters and is only a stone’s throw from the famous Galle Fort. The rooms of this beautiful hotel look out over the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. From Le Grand Galle by Asia Leisure you have easy access to every Galle Beach as well as Narigama Beach, Akurala Beach, Arugam Bay and Bentota Beach. Click here to check prices and availability.
The Postcard Galle
Did you know there are a large number of boutique hotels strewn across Sri Lanka? Most of them set up in a beautiful and large colonial villa or house. The Postcard near Galle is the perfect place for those looking to discover the history of Galle while also enjoying the quiet beach nearby. The Postcard in Galle comes with large 4-poster beds and beautiful surroundings in a quiet area of the Sri Lankan coast. All rooms will come with air conditioning and some of the rooms will have beautiful views over the blue water of the Indian Ocean from their own private terrace. Click here to check prices and availability.
Indika Beach Villa
Would you rather stay in a beach villa near some of Sri Lanka’s most famous beaches? Then Indika Beach Villa is the place to be. This gorgeous beachfront guesthouse is located in Boossa, a little village between the pristine beaches of Hikkaduwa and the Galle Fort. You will have direct access to the beach from your room, making this a perfect location for those looking to ride some waves on their holiday to Sri Lanka. Click here to check prices and availability.
When travelling with family – especially small kids, it can be nice to choose a hotel or a resort that caters to the little ones. Amari Galle is a large family resort with private pools and beachfront access near Galle. The large complex has a bar, a couple of restaurants, and unbridled beach access – perfect for those looking to relax on Sri Lanka’s golden beaches! Click here to check prices and availability.
Ramya Ru Beach Home
Are you on a budget but looking for a great place to stay on the beach in Sri Lanka? Ramya Ru Beach home near Hikkaduwa is a great place to stay. From the beach home you have access to a beautiful sandy beach only half an hour away from the Dutch Fort and other attractions such as Arugam Bay. Click here to check prices and availability.