• East Coast

East Coast

Slowly emerging from civil war and tsunami, the Eastern parts of Sri Lanka still retain a traditional, local feel with small fishing villages and sandy lanes. Here, a visitor will find a fascinating mixture of cultures - Muslim communities, impressive Hindu temples, astonishing colonial structures and vibrant marketplaces - along with the most gorgeous coastline a coast of superbe surfing spots, hidden bays and kilometres of pristine white sand.

East Coast

 

Arugam Bay

Situated on the South-East Coast of Sri Lanka 320 km from Colombo, Arugam Bay is a charming little town with unspoiled tranquility and white beaches. Unlike many other coastal areas, Arugam Bay is unaffected by South-West and North-East monsoon seasons which makes it an excellent year around destination. It is also one of the top ten surf points in the world. The season is at its best between May and November, when Arugam Bay receives Antarctic winter swell.

Arugam Bay consists of three villages and the main settlement, locally known as Ullae, is predominantly Muslim, but there is also a significant Tamil and Sinhala population in the southern parts of the village. Ullae and its calm seas are very popular among the local fishermen.  

In addition to surfing, it offers beautiful beaches and forests with abundant wildlife as well as fascinating cultural sights. For example, the 2000-year-old Buddhist Temple named “Muhudu Maha Viharaya” is well worth a visit.

Batticaloa

Located 110 km south from Trincomalee, Batticaloa - ”the land of the singing fish” - is a pretty little town that sits on a narrow tongue of land within the Indian Ocean, the glimmering lagoons  and palm-filtered sunlights. With its churches, fortress and mellow vibes, the town is ideal to explore on foot. Along the costs there are lots of corals that make Batticaloa a good spot for diving and snorkelling.

 

Pasikudah

Situated on the eastern coast of the country, about 35 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa, Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of reef coastline in the world. Here, the water is so shallow and the current so weak that you may kilometers into the sea. The barrier reef is home to a variety of tropical fish as well as offering sightings of whales, dolphins, manta rays, reef sharks and other exotic sea creatures.
This gorgeous underwater world provides perfect spots for diving and snorkeling.

 

Trincomalee

Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbours in the world, is located on the North-East Coast, 260 km from Colombo. The beautiful white beaches, clear waters around the Pigeon Island along with several diving and snorkeling sights, make Trincomalee a perfect destination for anyone who likes the sun, sea and watersports. From March to September, Trincomalee provides an excellent location for whale watching too.

 


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