Our ultimate choice of the best beaches in East Sri Lanka!
Here is a selection of the best beaches on the east coast of the island.
Just 5 kilometres north of Trincomalee, Uppuveli can be considered as one of the best beaches on this part of the island. It is a haven for those who need to wind down in Sri Lanka or just relax after a colourful cultural immersion. In the mornings, admire the sight of fishermen returning with their catch. You can opt to stay in one of the peaceful guesthouses close to the beach and dine at the restaurants on the beach. The currents are strong and never in the same direction. You should take advice from the locals, before you take a plunge.
Nilaveli, a few kilometres up north of Uppuveli, is ideal for lazing around and a hit among those who love to bathe in turquoise waters and white sands. A halt here is sure to recharge your spirit and energy batteries.
Pigeon Island National Park
Opposite Nilaveli and reachable by boat (10-minute ride), Pigeon Island National Park is perfect for snorkelling and fun with children. If you’re lucky, you can spot shoals of tropical fish. Don’t forget to carry your mask and snorkel. You can also carry your picnic and enjoy a full day outing here.
Undeniably a wonderful beach to go to if you are travelling around Batticaloa. There is a little play area for children. If you see fishermen pulling their nets out of the water, go and give them a hand. The sea can be rough at times.
A sandy and unspoilt beach with a casurina forest and a coconut grove at the backdrop. You can walk up northwards and get to see the estuary where Batticaloa lagoon ends in the sea. Swimming is possible here from April to October but be careful about the currents.
Kalkudah Bay Beach is your idea of paradise. The beach is a palm-fringed curve with colourful fishing boats and the sea.
A beautiful bay with a 4-kilometre long beach located some 30 km north of Batticaloa. Its crystal-clear blue waters and coral reefs are worth a long halt.
Arugam Bay, or “A Bay”, is a paradise for surfers. To those who have tried it, it is one of the top ten surf points in the world. To overseas visitors, Arugam Bay is probably the most tourist-friendly destination, tucked away from organised tours, where serenity and sports combine marvellously! The tourist-friendly people, the down-to-earth eating and lodging facilities and the general laid back feel make this surf destination one of the best in its kind on the island. If you want to learn to surf, local schools offer classes for beginners during the season (March to October).