East Coast



Less explored and in many places untouched, the east coast of Sri Lanka has some wonderful surprises in store for the more ambitious visitor. The town of Batticaloa and the natural harbour of Trincomalee were strategic strongholds for all competing colonial powers. The surrounding coastline offers calm, clear waters and palm-fringed white sand beaches, perfect for diving, snorkelling or just relaxing after visting the Cultural Triangle. There are flights from both Batticaloa and Trincomalee to Colombo or the drive takes six hours.   Pasikuda The crescent shaped bay of Pasikuda consists of shallow water and is protected by a reef that runs across it. This makes it one of the safest stretches of coastline in the East and perfect for swimming. The reef has amazing coral formations and schools of colourful tropical reef fish, which can be enjoyed whilst snorkelling. For a taste of local culture, the town of Batticaloa is only 30 minutes away and certainly worth visiting. Excursions can be arranged by bike and on local fishing boats. The town has been shaped by the four colonial powers that influenced its architecture and religious practices. Trincomalee Situated on a peninsula on the northeast coast of the island, the deep water harbour of Trincomalee is one of thelarg est and most sought after in the world; by the British takeover in 1795, the city had changed colonial hands seven times. The city’s highlights include Fort Frederick, built in 1624 and the 2,000 year old Koneswaran Temple. Trincomalee is the gateway to amazing beaches on the east coast such as Uppuveli and stunning corals at Pigeon Island, which is a marine national park. Whale watching is possible between May and October.

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