The north east coast of Sri Lanka provides an opportunity for incredible beach holidays in relatively uncrowded and undeveloped surroundings. The area is a tropical heaven between April and October, which is when the monsoon season affects the south-western beaches. With miles of unspoiled tropical beaches and untamed jungles, visitors will be thrilled with the beautiful beaches here, which are finally accessible after the end of the civil war. Although the area remains pristine and relatively undeveloped, there are several excellent options for accommodation in Passikudah and Trincomalee.
The jewel of the crown on the north east coast is Passikudah, which is the most developed of the east coast resorts. Passikudah is a pretty beach with fabulous sands and diving opportunities. This beach is one of the closest to the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka, making it an excellent base for those looking for more adventures on their beach holiday.
Trincomalee is the main city along the east coast, which has one of the largest deep sea ports in the region. Its tree-lined beaches are gorgeous and clean, with shallow waters that are excellent for swimming. Trincomalee is also renowned for whale watching, fishing and scuba diving. Nilaveli beach is situated just to the north of Trincomalee – this pristine beach is a tranquil haven of miles of pure white sand and soft waves. Another delightful beach near Trinco is Uppaveli – this area provides comfortable accommodation amidst scenic beaches.