Hidden Beauty of the East Coast

Situated around several picturesque bays and rocky peninsulas, Trincomalee is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and off-shore Pigeon Island, making it a great place for snorkelling and diving. Held by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British at various points in time, each nationality has left their mark on the cultural heritage of the area. On the way to Trincomalee, discover the seven hot springs of Kanniya, enclosed and bound by walls to make up wells.

Wade up to 50 metres out to sea in the clear, shallow waters of Passikudah’s famous golden bay. With a virgin beach renowned throughout the country for its beauty, this small coastal village is popular for dolphin and whale watching, much like the rest of the East Coast where the seasons are in contrast to the South. From here you can visit Batticaloa, home to a historic Dutch Fort and a lagoon reported to play host to singing fish, while excellent diving spots include the wreck of a World War II British naval ship, the HMS Hermes.

Situated in the district of Ampara, Arugam Bay is known as one of the best surfing destinations in the world. This typical fishing village is popular with beach lovers and those seeking a place to unwind, indulge on fresh seafood and absorb the mellow social scene. Aside from surfing there are many other ways to spend your time, including lagoon tours, visiting nearby Kumana National Park and exploring ancient ruins.