The undiscovered East

Some say the East Coast is one of Sri Lanka’s best hidden treasures, and we think they’re right. From culturally-rich Trincomalee down to laid-back surfer haven Arugam Bay, the East offers one of the most authentic and local adventures on the island.

Primarily a land of sandy lanes, chickens in the yard, fishing villages and tradition, the East is a culturally fascinating combination of ocean-orientated Hindu and Muslim communities, astonishing Hindu temples, crumbling colonial forts, dazzling markets, and a coastline of killer surf, hidden bays and stretch-for-kilometres white-sand beaches.

Safe to say it has a very different vibe than the west and south of the island. The East is where tradition thrives. The entire region is well linked to the rest of the country by road, bus and rail, so there's really no reason to skip the many allures of the East.

You may not find glitz and glamour on the east coast but you will come away with a more meaningful feeling.

How is the location

It’s centralized.

Yes, that’s one of the main reasons why lots of tourists add East into their traveling bucket list. On your visit to Sri Lanka, you will first come to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. From there you will either travel to South or North.

If you choose North -

Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya respectively, and the next stop is East.

If you start from South -

It will be Galle, Matara, Hambanthota and you will travel to North via East.

So why not stay a day or two in East, which has everything to like for.

If you are coming straight to East from somewhere, please refer to this link it will help you to find the way

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Best Season All Year
Diving March – November
Snorkeling March – October
Surfing March – October
Whale watching April – October
Temples Open 365 days
Weather 28degrees – 35degrees Celsius
Water temperature Average 29degrees Celsius
Rainfall June 26mm – December 341mm

View our top of things to do and see in Trincomalee, Pasikuda, Batticaloa, Ampara and Arugam Bay


Information about when is the best time to visit, water temperature, prime whale watching season and more


Find out how you can get to the East via car, train, bus or by air from main cities around the country


Check out the Sri Lankan Railways official website for train times connecting the Eastern Province to the rest of the island

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