Apr 26, 2016

Discover the East Coast, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's east coast is a favorite among holidaymakers to the island because of its ability to cater to those seeking serenity and adventure at the same time.

The area has now developed rapidly and is home to many lovely hotels that offer guests a luxurious stay complete with every amenity necessary.

For those who love sightseeing, have a look around old Batticaloa where there are many old churches lining the streets that will take you back to yesteryear. In the nights the area is mystical but there is practically no one on the streets. There are also old Hindu Kovils that you can have a look around in. Also to be visited is the old Dutch Fort that now contains government offices. It’s a nice place for a stroll.

The Pottuvil lagoon teeming with a rich ecosystem is also worth a visit. You’ll find monitor lizards, crocodiles, egrets, peacocks, monkeys and even the occasional elephant.

If exotic animals is your kind of thing then make sure to also visit the Kumana National Park or the Pigeon Island Marine Park. You’ll find many a picture-worthy moment at these places where a variety of wildlife prevail.

For the history buffs, the Magul Maha Vihara is a lovely historic site to visit, west of Pottuvil. Built around the 5th century BC, this was a temple built by an olden days King and should be explored for its architecture.

So for the sightseers there’s so much to do in the east of Sri Lanka. What about the adventurous at heart? If you’re a surf lover, the east coast is one of the best places in the island to ride some waves. A splendid place to find a rip or two and then bask in the sun with a cool beer in your hand, purchased from one of the small restaurants on the beach. Specifically Passikudah and Arugam Bay are great places to surf or swim on the east coast; make sure to check it out!

If none of these are to your likening, no problem; just sit back, relax and enjoy the yummy seafood and other cuisine available at the hotels lining the coast. Do try the crab and lobster that Sri Lanka’s coastal areas are famous for; you’ll never taste the same anywhere else.

For every vacationer, the east coast is an attractive destination in Sri Lanka. You can fly there or travel by road, either way it’s a scenic spot to spend a few quality days. It’s quite hot though, with temperatures often over 30 degrees Celsius, so dress light and enjoy your stay!