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About the east coast region of Sri Lanka

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The East Coast of Sri Lanka, coming alive since the middle of 2009 which was when the 30 year civil war of Sri Lanka came to an end, the region is now growing into quite the beach holiday hot spot. The east is the only region in Sri Lanka which can boast of the white sands which cover the wide and tranquil beaches. The region is also home to an abundance of fauna and flora, but the main attractions of the east roam the waters off shore, the playful dolphins and majestic blue whales and sperm whales call the waters of the east home. The region sports many institutes which allow visitors to be part of a sea safari to view these awesome creatures.
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The East Coast of Sri Lanka, boasts some of the most beautiful shores on the island, the island’s eastern coast spans the edge of the Eastern Province which spans an area of 9996 square kilometers. The capital of the east is Trincomalee, a region which was previously rarely visited by local and foreign tourists due to the islands civil war which ended in mid 2009. The end of the war signaled a new period of growth for the entire east coast, new hotels, resorts and recreational facilities right along the eastern coast have sprouted welcoming the world to the island’s white sandy beaches and warm tropical waters. The eastern coast of Sri Lanka also introduces visitors to a pallet of diverse cultures and traditions from the usually experienced traditions of the western regions of the island.

Famous locations of the east coast include Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Batticaloa, Kalkudah, Passikudah and Arugam Bay. The east coast is home to some of the region’s largest lagoons namely the Batticaloa, Kokkilai, Upaar and Ullackalie lagoons. The region is part of a smart, modern and eco friendly development style and many of the hotels and resort s of the region make the most of their natural surroundings, building around them and incorporating them rather than modifying them. Fauna and flora are plentiful in the east, but the best sights are experienced in the waters off of the eastern coast, ranging from a myriad of colourful fish in the shallows to the world’s smartest aquatic mammals; the dolphin and the largest creature on earth the blue and sperm whales, which frequent the waters of the island’s eastern shores. The region is truly a newly discovered gem growing brighter with every visit.

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Sri Lanka No Tours for this sectionNo Tours for this sectionArugam Bayeast coast
 Located in the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, this famous spot of Sri Lankan coast is home to one of the island’s premier surfing destinations, affected by the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka in 2004 the region has bounced back with a vengeance to claim its title as one of Sri Lanka’s prime beach territories. Now Arugam Bay is home to many famous chains of hotels and a collection of vibrant guest houses and restaurants along the beach. Arugam Bay is also famous for its lagoon which in turn bring quite a few ardent ornithologists to view some of the many species which live in and around the area. Arugam Bay is also home to a few archeological digs which have been adding steadily to the wealth of Sri Lanka’s cultural and rich heritage.

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 Passekudah is located in the city of Batticaloa and is famous for its pristine beaches and year round warm waters; in which dwell some of the island’s rare coral formations and colourful indigenous species of saltwater fish. The region is visited by tourists all year round and is a hot spot for sunbathers, surfers, snorkelling and diving expeditions. The white sandy beaches of Passekudah, Batticaloa are a must see for those wishing to experience a tropical beach in paradise.

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 Aquatic activities are a must try in Trincomalee, the region is famous for its breathtaking underwater vistas of coral and salt water fish which attract many snorkelers and divers all year round. The worlds largest mammals too visit the warm coastal waters of Trincomalee presenting visitors with a rare opportunity to see these gentle giants and they trawl the waters off shore for their favourite plankton meal.

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