Sri Lanka’s east coast is bordered with stretches of pristine beaches and sprawling lagoons. In the wake of thirty years of conflict punctuated by the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004, development has been slow but steady as the region has opened up to travellers both international and local.
When it comes to weather, the east coast plays opposite the west. As the monsoon delivers a tropical downpour to one coast, the other is bathed in sunshine. You can feel the change in the air. Divers and water sport enthusiasts mark this change, crossing the country in pursuit of clear waters. White coral covers the beaches of Pigeon Island and, not too far away, you can wade far into the ocean along one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world.
Sri Lanka’s east coast has long been home to predominantly Tamil and Muslim communities, and even today Tamil remains the language most commonly heard on these streets.
We are a coast not to be missed.
--Smriti Daniel, journalist
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