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.

Eastern Sri Lanka is a unique and inviting destination, an enchanting blend of pristine beaches, sacred temples, colonial architecture, and world class surf. Quaint villages, white sand beaches and colorful colonial buildings hug the coastline. Arugam Bayan offers an unforgettable surfing experience. Trincomalee offers stunning natural and cultural highlights.

This website was created by residents, visitors, community organizations, and tourism stakeholders in Eastern Sri Lanka, in partnership with National Geographic. We invite you to explore this selection of authentic and memorable travel experiences in Eastern Sri Lanka that are recommended by the people who live here. 

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Cashew nut curry in Eastern Sri Lanka
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