The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Whatever time of year, there is always somewhere in Sri Lanka you can rely upon for glorious weather. Sri Lanka’s picturesque east coast comes into its own from April to September, when monsoon rains are prevalent in some other parts of the island. This lightly-populated region is once again playing host to tourists attracted by the white-sand beaches of Pasikudah and Nilaveli, the chilled-out surfing resort of Arugam Bay, Batticaloa’s dreamy lagoons and waterways and some of Sri Lanka’s quieter national parks such as Gal Oya and Kumana.
One of the most appealing ways to discover the east coast of Sri Lanka is by catamaran. Stop off at spectacular private coves, go snorkelling and even learn basic sailing techniques from an experienced crew. You can sail from Trincomalee or Pasikudah as you relish one of the best activities on Sri Lanka’s east coast.
For those who love nothing better than getting out onto the water, a boat safari can also be taken on the Senanyake Reservoir, which edges Gal Oya National Park, where large herds of elephants often roam. As evening descends, the elephants even sometimes swim between the islands that are dotted across the reservoir.
Kumana National Park – the quieter, eastern end of Yala – is best known for its large flocks of migratory fowl and wading birds and a day trip from Arugam Bay is a rewarding experience for those looking for natural surroundings where the Sri Lankan bird life will comfortably outnumber the human beings.
The comparative lack of vehicles in this region also makes Sri Lanka’s east coast an attractive cycling destination. Accompanied by a local guide, spend a rewarding morning cycling through the village lanes near Batticaloa, visiting temples, an organic farm and a handloom factory.
One of the most popular things to do on the east coast of Sri Lanka is to take a trip to Trincomalee, which has the largest and deepest natural harbour in the world. The best vantage point is from Koneswaram Kovil, recently spruced up, which sits on Swami Rock, a sheer cliff around 350 feet high. Just up the coast from Trinco you can go dolphin or whale watching, snorkelling or just loll on the white-sand beaches.
A different experience in Sri Lanka is a visit to the veddas, the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka. A walk with Gal Oya’s vedda chief offers understanding of a community whose way of life is increasingly under threat.
Just a few of the activities that will help you pass the time on the east coast of Sri Lanka.