Relax amid beautiful coastal scenery and soft sand
Welcome to a region steeped in tradition and beauty
Absorb the local culture at your leisure
Tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons
Consistent swells offer laid-back surfing
Vast array of amazing temples and shrines, colonial forts, and colorful markets
Tropical beach shacks on Marble Beach, Trincomalee – Mohammed Abidally / Alamy
Architectural arch at the entrance to the town of Batticaloa – OlegMalyshev /
Boats on Arugam Bay – Ivoha / Alamy
Inland lake, Arugam Bay – imageBROKER / Alamy
Surfers watch the break at a popular surfing spot in the small fishing village of Pottuvil – PhotoStock-Israel / Alamy
Kali Kovil Hindu temple, Trincomalee – Hemis / Alamy

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One of the joys of visiting Eastern Sri Lanka is that it offers so many pleasures. White coral beaches and shrines to deities, surfing and wild elephants, long ago shipwrecks and endless lagoons to wade in. Your visit may not be long, but rest assured, it will be fulfilling.

The Eastern Sri Lanka Geotourism Forum has worked with National Geographic to create this Geotourism MapGuide Website. National Geographic defines geotourism as “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.”

Residents, visitors, community organizations, tourism stakeholders and local businesses are invited to nominate places of interest and events for potential inclusion in the website. Sign Up and complete an online nomination form and help identify destinations and experiences most distinctive to the people, places and things that capture the region’s unique character and beauty. 

Download the Nomination Guidelines for the types of places and events to post.

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Help tell the story of what is special about this place. Nominations open now!
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Baby Point (surf break), Arugam Bay
Baby Point (surf break), Arugam Bay

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