As a consequence of its distance from the airport, compounded by the effects of the long civil war (which ended in 2009, but stifled investment in the region for two decades), the East Coast is much less developed than the west. Although the region boasts long, exquisite stretches of sand and turquoise water, the only enclave that could be described as a resort is Pasikuda, just south of the main town, Trincomalee, which now offers a wide choice of international-standard, luxurious hotels.
Aside from its glorious beaches, the East Coast’s main selling point is that its dry season coincides with the northern European summer, making it perfect for the school holidays. A number of reefs also offer superlative snorkelling, while at certain times of year the seas off shore support large numbers of migrating blue whales, which can be seen on special spotting trips out of Trincomalee.
Weather on the East Coast
April–Sept, when it’s raining on the West Coast, is the best time to visit this side of the island.
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To the north of Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast stretches a largely deserted shoreline of white-sand beaches, and the fishing village of Kuchaveli is scattered behind a particularly beautiful section, backed by lush tropical scrub. ...
Passikudah, on the east coast, forms a breathtaking arc of pristine golden sand and warm, turquoise water. It’s a half day’s drive from Colombo airport, but the transfer is well worth the effort – especially if you’re travelling with child...
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