Ampara is the southern most district in the East, home to a number of national parks like Lahugala, Kumana, Gal Oya and Maduruoya as well as the region’s best surfing spots, like Arugam Bay, Whiskey Point, Peanut Point and Elephant Rock.
The region is also home to many Buddhist Pagodas and Stupas to view roadside and off the beaten track, like Ampara’s Japanese Peace Pagoda, the Mahudu Maha Vihara near Pottuvil, the Buddhangala Monastry 7km from Ampara town or the Deegawapi Raja Maha Vihara.
Although Ampara is one of the furthest locations from Colombo International Airport, it is accessible by road from the north (Trincomalee and Batticaloa) and the west (Ella and Nuwara Eliya).
Ampara town is a great pit stop for your East Coast road trip, located perfectly in between Batticaloa and Arugam Bay. Make the most of the relaxed, authentic and local vibes.