More Information About Sri Lanka East Coast


The beaches in life of Trincomalee, the surfing beaches in Arugam Bay; Batticaloa’s tranquil lagoons the multi-ethnic cultural heritage all make this a fascinating region which is yet not being visited by many tourist due to the 26-years of terrorism, as well as the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Terrorism was eradicated from the island in 2009, Gradually making it once again to a fantastic holiday destination. The best period to travel to the East coast is from March to September, One of the main attractions in the east coast of Sri Lanka is Arugambay where the Surfing season begins from about Mid May to August.

Arugambay Surfing
Passikudah Beach
Nilaveli Beach

Locations Featured Under North West Coast

Trinco, Passikudah, Batticaloa, Arugambay

Trincomalee (Trinco)

Trincomalee One of the oldest cities in Asia, boasts with the world’s deepest and largest natural harbor and is blessed with stretch of unpolluted beach which is comparable to Maldives.

The Popular tourist destinations include its beaches at Uppuveli, Salli and Nilaveli, temple visits, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.

Trincomalee was a British naval base and still continues to be used by the Sri Lankan Navy, close to Trinco is the war heroes cemetery commemorating many who died in World War II. Beautifully maintained, the cemetery pays tribute not only to British soldiers and sailors but also to Indians, Sri Lankans, Canadians and even the French who helped to fight the war.

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Pasikudah and Kalkudah are fast gaining popularity popularity as a beach destination. Now several boutique hotels and upmarket hotels and offer a range of watersports in Passkikudah from jet skiing to catamaran sailing. The government Pasikudah is fast becoming an investors hub as foreign and local investors have shown interest in developing tourism along the beach. The Sri Lankan government’s strict environmental policies have prevented certain plans for mass development.

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Pigeon Island National Park
Whale Watching Trinco
Koneswaram Temple
Diving in Passikudah
Dutch fort Batticaloa
Kumana National Park


It is on the east coast, 69 miles (111 km) south of Trincomalee, and is situated on an island. Pasikudah is popular tourist destinations with beaches and flat year-round warm-water shallow-lagoons. Visit Batticaloa’s 17C Dutch Fort, go bird watching by the lagoon or stroll on Kalladi Beach.


Arugam Bay is in East coast south of Batticaloa is relatively isolated beaches and a simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, Arugambay offers the best on the island) Surfing locations. The season for surfing is from about mid-May to August. Go on a jeep safari and explore the jungles of Lahugala National Park 18 Km west or Kumana National park 28 Km south.

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Attractions not to miss in the east coast

  • Whale and dolphin-watching expeditions off the coast of Trinco
  • Visit to the Pigeon Island in Trinco.
  • Secluded beaches of Uppuveli, Nilaveli & Kuchchaveli fishing villages to the north of Trincomalee
  • Koneswaran Hindu Kovil – Trinco
  • Visit Welgam vehera Budist temple is (307–267 BC)- Trinco
  • Snorkelling, scuba diving, in Pasikudah
  • Dutch fort 17th Century – Batticaloa
  • Surfing in Arugam Bay – One of 10 best surf spots in the world
  • Kumana National Park – Arugambay
  • Lahugala National Park – Arugambay


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