Balapitiya, a suburb of Ahungalla, is the beach closest to Sri Lanka’s most beloved wetlands, the Madu Ganga river system. The village at the western coast of Galle District is situated on a spit between Madu Ganga Lake and the ocean. Balapitiya beach is the coastal strip between the more frequented beach of Ahungalla further north, famous for Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural masterpeace Heritance Ahungalle, and the river mouth of Madu Ganga, where the boat safaris usually start. Actually, Balapitiya consists of two beach sections separated by the scenic outcrops of Blapitiya Beach Rock. The 700 m long sandy beach to the north of it, Balapitiya beach in a narrow sense, is more densely built ab. Most of the accommodations are located in the immediate hinterland of this northern beach section: Calamansi Cove Villas by Jetwing at the top end, Villa Lanka Pearl, Brian's Homestay and Rashmi Dilshani Villa and Villa 41 for independent travellers. Also mid-range category is available, for example Shinagawa Beach by Asia Leisure slightly further north, which is very close to the sandy beach. The more than 1 km long palm fringe desrted beach to the south of Balapitiya Beach Rock is mostly untouched, the palm grove separating it from the village. Sweat Pea homestay is a budget accommodation in the immediate hinterland, close by is the more comfortable King Garden with rooms of the villa type. Balapitiya village also stretches to the south of the Madu Ganga River Mouth till neighbouring Ambalangoda. More hotels such as Kumu Beach and guest houses such as Villa Balapitiya Beach are available in this southern area, where the main road A2 runs close to the beach. In this southern neighbourhood, the White Villa is set on a hillock overlooking the said stretch of beach to the south of the Madu Ganga river mouth.
Balapitiya Beach is situated 90 km south of Colombo City, 18 km south of Bentota Beach, and 40 km north of its Provincial and District capital Galle.