Talalla Beach

The Last of Sri Lanka's Untouched Paradise

Amongst all of Sri Lanka’s beaches, Talalla Beach surely must be king


It is one mile of golden sand where often the only footprints will be yours.

The sun rises out of the sea for a fuchsia velvet sky mirrored by crystal waters, and a daily scene set to take your breath away.

While local fishermen bring in their catch in the way that they have for decades, the sun sets on a mauve sky.

The water is a minute’s stroll from your villa through tall palm trees and soft grass… the sea in this secluded cove is generally calm for safe swimming when most other southwest beaches are blown out by strong on shore winds.

While the Talalla Surf Camp is world renowned, we don’t recommend surfing at Talalla. Instead, we’ll check the conditions, and take you to the best point breaks nearby.

Swimmers therefore needn’t ever be concerned with sharing the beach with surfers.


“Psst! Want a tip-off on the next big name on the Sri Lankan beach scene?
If Unawatuna is too hectic for you, Mirissa past its best and Tangalle just so yesterday, then may we suggest Talalla? Just a few short kilometres east of Dondra and squirreled away down muddy dirt tracks, this is one of those near-pristine beaches that really do define the tropical-beach postcard cliches.

Lonely Planet, Sri Lanka, 2012. page 116.