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Beach Season on East Coast in Sri Lanka

The beautiful beaches of east coast are perfect for relaxation

Best time: June–September

Beach Season on East Coast
Beach Season on East Coast

Beautiful beaches of east coast are less popular with tourists than the west coast due to tsunami of 2004 that ruined much of their infrastructure. But that makes them even more atrractive for those who want to get off the beaten track. North of Trincomalee there is an endless wide golden beach coastline, which stars at Uppuveli and stretches to Nilaveli.

Arugam Bay is the most active and famous east coast resort. Known as A-Bay to most surfers, it's known for the best waves in Sri Lanka. It's located near the Yala National Park where you can not only sunbathe but observe elephants and other animals. Perfect surroundings of white sands will bring good mood and peacefullness to your heart.

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When is the best time to visit the east coast beaches of Sri Lanka?

June to September is the ideal time to visit the east coast beaches of Sri Lanka due to favorable weather. Coastal spots in the west are affected by the monsoon during these months, but the east coast remains sunny and dry. Hence, this period is perfect for beach activities. Show more

What is the difference between the east and west coast beaches of Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka's east coast beaches have a more peaceful atmosphere with fewer crowds as compared to the bustling west coast beaches. Following the catastrophic tsunami of 2004, the eastern coastline saw lesser development, making it an ideal destination for off-the-beaten-path travelers. The waters on the east coast are clearer, making it an excellent spot for diving enthusiasts. Show more

What can I do besides sunbathing at Arugam Bay?

Arugam Bay, apart from sunbathing, offers excellent surfing opportunities with great waves that attract surfers from around the world. Around the area, Yala National Park is a haven for elephant enthusiasts and other wildlife. Pigeon Island is only a boat ride away, and tourists can go snorkeling to witness beautiful coral reefs. Show more

Where can I observe elephants near Arugam Bay?

The ideal place to observe elephants near Arugam Bay is at the Yala National Park. One of the best places to see these majestic creatures, the park is home to a variety of animals, including leopards, bird species, and crocodiles. Visitors can avail themselves of a guided jeep tour to experience and explore the park's wildlife. Show more

Are there any unique cultural experiences near Sri Lanka's east coast beaches?

Trincomalee, situated about an hour's drive from Arugam Bay, offers unique cultural experiences such as exploring ancient Hindu temples. Kalkudah, located south of Passekudah Bay, features a miniature Catholic shrine carved into a rock face. Visitors can also enjoy some historical tourism at Batticaloa - home to its historic fort and ancient Buddhist temple. Show more

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