What to do in Eastern Sri Lanka

Eastern Sri Lanka is the hidden gem of Asia. While it may not be the first place travelers think of when visiting Sri Lanka, the East differs from the booming tourism of the west and south parts of this island nation. It is perfect for those seeking an off-the-beaten path adventure with an authentic and local energy. If you’re looking for what to do in Eastern Sri Lanka, there are a variety of unforgettable experiences awaiting your discovery!

Tourism in the East is just starting to develop and emerge, which is what makes it so precious. A cultural blend of Muslim, Sinhalese, Hindu, and Tamil communities, the most diverse in the country, in addition to stunning temples, lively markets, colonial structures, and pristine beaches, Eastern Sri Lanka welcomes all who wish to explore and appreciate it.

Towns and villages made up of Tamil and Muslim populations dot the East’s gorgeous coastline, while the Sinhalese inhabit the inland of the region. The main towns in Eastern Sri Lanka are Trincomalee and Batticaloa, each bursting with local activity. The dynamic harbor city Trinco, the third-largest city in Sri Lanka, combines a mostly Tamil population with Hindu temples with weathered colonial beauty and exceptional beach vistas. Nearby points of interest include the sleepy beach towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli, perfectly preserved in their tranquility and charm. The pleasant town of Batti is great for a laid-back trip of visiting its famous lagoon, lighthouse and environmental center. Its colonial history is present throughout the city with a fort, walls and moat, Dutch-era structures, and colonial houses decorating the city. After spending years in isolation during the war, it is quickly becoming a destination worth the journey.

Further south, Arugam Bay is experiencing a noticeable increase in international visitors. Arugam Bay has become the East’s tourism hot spot, mainly because if its incredible waves and unforgettable surfing opportunities. These waves are considered to be some of the best in Asia! Its rich blend of Sinhalese, Tamils, expats and Muslims in addition to its quirky and charming vibe make for a wonderful destination for locals and international visitors alike.

We hope you enjoy exploring this hidden paradise,and look to our website for inspiration on how to plan your next trip.


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Marielle Septien