Arugam Bay is situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka’s Southeast Coast. It is a popular surfing and tourist destination and is considered as one of the best surf spot in the world. There is a beautiful beach here and a small fishing village, and it is a great place for swimming year-round. Arugam Bay is also close to Lahugala National Park and acts as the gateway to Yala East National Park (Kumana) which is rich in birdlife.
These spectacular back-to-back beaches, 34km north of Batticaloa, present as stark a juxtaposition as you could imagine. On one side of a narrow peninsula, the breathtaking white sands of sickle-shaped Passekudah beach are being developed as a kind of mini-Cancun, a government-driven 'Special Economic Zone' with 14 luxury hotels ultimately planned to ring the bay. Fishermen have also been ordered to move their boats away from the main beach. Sure, it's a glorious stretch of s
Nilaveli, the Trinco region's other beach resort, is far less intimate than Uppuveli, with hotels scattered up and down little lanes off the coastal highway – it's around four kilometres from one end of the village to the other. If you're looking for some serious beach time, then Nilaveli could be just the ticket, for the sands are golden and the ocean inviting. Offshore, Pigeon Island offers fine diving and snorkelling.
Pottuvil ?or Pothuvil or Poththuvil is a town in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka, located along the Eastern coast of the Island, it is 4 km due North of the popular tourist destination Arugam Bay. It was affected by 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Not much to see here, mostly another semi-urban sprawl, but this small east-coast town is the main transport hub for the ever-popular beaches and surfing resorts of Arugam Bay, 3km further south. The town has several ATMs...
Trincomalee (Trinco) had a rough time in the war, but this fascinating town is beginning to thrive again. Sitting on one the world’s finest natural harbours, Trincomalee is old almost beyond reckoning: it’s possibly the site of historic Gokana in the Mahavamsa (Great Chronicle), and its Shiva temple the site of Trikuta Hill in the Hindu text Vayu Purana. Most people just pass through the city on their way to the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli, but the town has some c