Dehiwala Beach.

This is a very underrated bit of Colombo beach-front. While Mt Lavinia has been a beach destination for over a 100 years and the Beach Wadiya has been drawing Colombars down to Wellawatte’s little cove for decades Dehiwala’s own Golden mile (well 400 meters) has long been overlooked.

By the standards of Colombo beaches though this is a fine sweep of sand. It’s broad, golden and crucially fringed by a real density of palms which gives it the look of a postcard tropical (if you squint) beach. Looking north up the beach you also get one the best views of the city’s skyline. It’s far enough from the centre that you can see the city’s entire clutch of high-rises and from Dehiwala at least, Colombo looks like quite the high-rise metropolis.
Like all of the city’s southern beaches you have to hop the railway tracks to reach the sand but watching the intermittent clatter of our rather quaint commuter trains ads to the charm. A string of great beach side shack-restaurants makes this a particularly salubrious spot to spend the day. We favour Lani’s Sea Food Restaurant but there are other worthy options- including one of the city’s few Maldivian restaurants and the Station further up the beach. This mushrooming of eating establishments seems to have helped with beach cleanliness. Lani’s has done a great job cleaning the beach in front of their premise and after years of grubbiness Dehiwala’s seafront now makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll.

In the Decmeber/January season the sea is blue and perhaps even swimmable – though if you really want to swim Mt Lavinia a mile down the coast is preferable. Still you can wade and splash as the breeze moves the coconut trees and a cold beer or fresh-cut thambili is always available.

This is a lovely slice of beach life, less crowded than Mt Lavinia, closer to Colombo and utterly laid back.

So laid back most Colomobars haven’t noticed it’s existence though it’s probably time they did.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Ramada High Tea buffet – 2023

High Teas are quite the “Fash-un” these days, and we are stepping into a trendy


Street Burger Hitting It Off With The Festive Menu!

By Shamrina Carim Christmas has gotten merrier with their mouth watering Festive menu this December

Highlights Kamu

Indulge your cravings at Indulge Desserts. Co

By RR Everyone’s favourite spot for a well-deserved chocolate overdose has opened their doors in


Trying Scope Kitchen’s new menu – Dec 2022

By Hashini Pathirana Scope Cinemas, ever since their launch as Sri Lanka’s first multi-sensory luxury


Cinnamon Lakeside’s delicious High Tea spread- 2022

Cinnamon Lakeside has made an exotic appearance at the main lounge, serving a range of


Cooking with the Silvermill Coconut Culinary Range

As a Sri Lankan, can you imagine cooking without coconut? It is a universally accepted

Highlights Kamu


Hilton Colombo Goes ‘Coconuts’

Unique Coconut infused dishes at Café Kai Colombo, Sri Lanka – 23 January 2023 - Café


Emperor’s Wok Celebrates Chinese New Year With Auspicious Cantonese Dishes

Hilton Colombo’s Chinese restaurant will offer a Reunion set menu, in addition to À la


Uber’s 2022 Cravings report reveals Sri Lanka’s love and hate relationship with onions

Uber looked at how you ordered on UberEats last year and discovered Sri Lanka’s love


Courtyard By Marriott Debuts In Sri Lanka With The Opening Of Courtyard By Marriott Colombo

Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, today announced the


What you missed at the Fairway Street Food Festival

By Hashini Pathirana Renowned to be known as one of the finest City hotels in

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

7 Places to Hike in 2023

Have you ever thought of arranging a travel bucket list to climb a mountain this

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yamu’s Top Restaurant Picks for 2023

New Year, New Reviews? Say “hell yeah”! We have sorted out a few restaurants that

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 movies to look forward to in 2023

With the passing of another year, brings us a set of new movies to cherish

Highlights Yamu Guide

Gym Round Up 2023

By RR This one's for all of you who’ve had that exact same new year

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 New Year’s Eve Parties in Colombo (2022)

By RR That’s another year down and boy, what a year it’s been.  It’s time

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Places to buy Christmas Decorations

By Hashini Pathirana In the spirit of Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year,

Yamu Guide