Mount Lavinia boasts of top class restaurants, well appointed hotels and exceptional urban lifestyle. However, undeniably its best and biggest attraction is the stunning tropical beach.
Located on the Galled Road and positioned only 12 kilometres from the city of Colombo, Mount Lavinia has always been a favourite among both local and international travellers. The beach resort of Mt. Lavinia is mainly popular for its clean blue waters, white sandy beach and calm winds. It is also regarded as a perfect spot for sea bathing.
It is believed that the name Mount Lavinia derived from the residence of Governor Sir Thomas Maitland. The house is now transformed in to the world renowned Mount Lavinia Hotel that lies along the spectacular beach. The Singhalese name for Mount Lavinia is Galkissa. This word is believed to have derived from the belief that there is a great treasure beneath a shipwreck hidden among the rocks in the deep sea of Mount Lavinia.
Boasting an idyllic setting, the Mount Lavinia Beach is an excellent place to revive the spirit of adventure or simply lay back, relax and bask in the tranquil atmosphere. For those who wish to satisfy their taste buds, there is no better place than the Mount Lavinia beach. The many restaurants, hotels and stalls sell mouth-watering seafood with a local twist, from the likes of tantalising prawns & crabs to aromatic lobsters.
Like many other golden beaches that can be found throughout the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, Mount Lavinia Beach too is a playground for the adventurous type. Water sports such as diving, swimming, wind surfing, sailing, snorkelling are all possible here. Travellers will also have the opportunity to explore the magnificent coral reefs and underwater flora and fauna. There is also so much to learn from the fishing community living right along the coast.
Mount Lavinia beach is one of the most tourist friendly beaches of Sri Lanka that offers all the essential facilities for an adventurous, fun filled, convenient and certainly a memorable holiday.
Beaches in Sri Lanka