Introduction to the East Coast Beach Resorts of Sri Lanka
Since the end of the civil war in 2009 the East Coast has become a popular tourist destination on account of its silky white ‘Maldives style’, relatively isolated beaches. Whilst Sri Lankan government's strict environmental policies have prevented certain plans for mass construction, economic policies have promoted careful development, resulting in a scattering of quality resorts and smaller boutique properties opening.
This long, seemingly never-ending stretch of soft white sandy beach with shallow reef-protected azure colour seas creates a distinctly different coastal environment from the rest of the island. The east also enjoys lots of sunshine between March and October, opposite season to the west. In the resorts of Pasikudah and near Trincomalee visitors can enjoy excellent snorkelling in the calm waters, exploring the marine life around the coral reefs or go diving. Arugam Bay is particularly known as one of ten top surf spots in the world (best time July and August for high swells). It also has good beachside restaurants serving fresh seafood.
Away from the beach there are historic temples to explore, the nearby Kumana National Park, a Jungle trek to the ancient ruins of Kudimbigala or view wild elephants in Lahugala National Park. Boat expeditions into the deep sea are also available for whale viewing during the migration of blue whales, usually March-April and August-September.
Take a look at the hotels along the East Coast offered by Holiday Designers.
Alternatively there are beautiful sandy beaches on the South Coast and West Coast of Sri Lanka. The best time to visit these coastlines are December – May, outside of the monsoon season. Have a look at the South Coast Hotels & West Coast Hotels we offer.
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