Sri Lanka’s East Coast – Miles of tranquil golden sand meets calm blue ocean.
The east coast of Sri Lanka offers long, soft sand beaches and calm, shallow seas perfect for swimming and snorkelling. This stretch of coastline is still relatively undiscovered offering a quiet escape from the crowds of the south west coast and the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life.
The best time to visit this side of Sri Lanka is during our summer when the climate is dry and hot, during this time the south west coast is undergoing its’ monsoon season so the east coast is the perfect option if you wish to travel at this time of year but still want to incorporate some beach time.
Passikudah is the main beach resort on the east coast and is famed for its’ wonderful stretch of beach with one of the longest shallow coastlines in the world. Ideal for families, you can wade far out into the sea before it becomes deep.
Passikudah is an up-and-coming resort with a growing selection of beachfront hotels and a few bars and restaurants to enjoy a cold drink while watching the sun set over the horizon.
As well as swimming, snorkelling and diving on the beautiful reef gardens, the wreck of HMS Hermes, a British naval ship sunk in World War II is nearby for dive enthusiasts.
You could hire a bike and explore the region or wander along the beautiful Kalkudah beach just to the south of Passikudah. Maduru Oya National Park is also within easy reach for an opportunity to spot the majestic elephant herds frequently sighted in this park.
Passikudah can be reached as part of an escorted tour or a private car and driver tour due to its’ proximity to Polonnaruwa and the Cultural Triangle or you can fly in by seaplane to nearby Batticaloa where you will land on the lagoon, an experience definitely worth taking as the small aircraft almost feels like a private flight.
Trincomalee is the other main resort along this stretch of coastline. With its’ deep water harbour, Trincomalee has played an important role in Sri Lanka’s history and now offers the opportunity for boat trips and whale watching trips to spot the world’s largest mammal, the Blue Whale, which is most frequently spotted March/April and August/September.
Trincomalee can also be reached as part of a tour itinerary or by small domestic flight from Colombo, look out for the incredible landscape below, you may even catch a glimpse of Sigiriya!
There are some really special hotels around the Trincomalee and Nilaveli area, 5* Uga Jungle Beach is a beautiful hotel situated on a stretch of deserted beach with the jungle all around. Individual cabins offer a real sense of privacy and elephants are sometimes spotted around the lagoon at the front of the hotel.
It is well worth upgrading your stay on the east coast to All Inclusive as most of the restaurants and bars are hotel based.
Here are some examples of Sri Lanka tours and holidays featuring the east coast:-
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