East Coast in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka’s remote and picturesque East Coast extends from Trincomalee and Pasikudah in the North East, to Batticaloa and Ampara towards the east central region and, finally, Arugam Bay in the south east. The sun-kissed beaches and exotic marine life of Trincomalee; the island’s best surfing beaches in Arugam Bay - famously known as one of 10 best surf spots in the world.
Sri Lanka’s equivalent to the Maldives, Trinco’s never-ending white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas, is distinctly different from the coastal areas of the rest of the island. Bask in the sun on the secluded beaches of Uppuveli, Nilaveli & Kuchchaveli located north of Trinco town. Discover the magnificent marine life around Pigeon Island or go on a dolphin and whale-watching excursion into the deep seas. Trincomalee’s natural harbour - considered to be the finest in the world, can be viewed from the Konewswaram Kovil & Swami Rock situated on a rock outcrop
Located south of Trinco, Pasikudah and Kalkudah are fishing villages that were at one time, popular beach destinations similar to Hikkaduwa in the south. Up until the early 1980s, small beach shack cafes and guesthouses lined the shores of Kalkudah. Now several boutique hotels line the bay and offer a range of watersports from jet skiing to catamaran sailing. It is not only the beaches that are attractive in this area. Take a bicycle ride inland and discover the tranquil lagoons, paddy fields and fishing villages of Pasikudah and Kalkudah. Bird watching in Vakarai lagoon located about 45 minutes north of Pasikudah is rewarding.
Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka at its most escapist. The relatively isolated beaches and a simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, have many devotees. The local community is a particularly chilled-out and welcoming one where travellers and locals mingle contentedly. Arugam Bay offers high-class surfing (the best on the island) and deserted beaches. Surfing season is from about mid-May to August when the swells are high and the wave breaks are thrilling. It is not all about the sun and surf in this area.
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