With over 1000 kms of coastline, Sri Lanka boasts some of the finest beaches in the world, with large swathes of golden sand fringed by coconut palms, shallow waters, underwater coral gardens and year-round sunny weather. With several star-class and boutique hotels located around most coastal areas, you are assured of high quality, affordable accommodation, as well as ample opportunities to indulge in your favourite water sports - swimming, diving & snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, sailing, boating, river cruises, deep sea fishing, water polo, water gymnastics, water and jet skiing, viewing the corals through glass-bottomed boats or just lazing about in the sun. Diving is subject to climatic conditions in different areas, depending on the monsoonal period. There are also several beaches off the beaten track, which are relatively untouched and within easy reach by motor vehicle. The food at seaside hotels and restaurants is cosmopolitan, with a choice of spicy Sri Lankan food or standard Western or Far-Eastern fare. Fresh seafood and an abundance of tropical vegetables and fruits are an essential feature of the buffet table. While many coastal areas have their own historical and heritage sites as well as several places of interest, you can easily reach other parts of the country within a few hours’ drive from the coast.