Travellanka October 2017

56 Beach – East Coast Beach – East Coast T he port town of Trinomalee, Nilaveli, Kalkudah,PasekudahandArugambay are its more famous tourist centres. he east coast is ideal for beach addicts from April to November when the sea is at its best. Although scarred by close to three decades of conflict, the East has not lost its allure to its die-hard fans, and its crystal clear waters, wide white sandy beaches and stunning coral reefs make the East a heaven for diving enthusiasts and sun worshippers. On some beaches you can walk a mile into the sea. With the dawn of peace the East coast is reaping the benefits as it has blossomed into a much sought after beach destination. Historically, dating back to the 3rd c. B.C. the region was within the domain of the Ruhuna Kingdom and the area abounds in ruins of temples and ancient caves with rock inscription. Trincomalee – 257 km 1 Is famed for its natural harbour. Described by Admiral Lord Nelson as the finest harbour in the world when he visited aboard HMS Seashore in 1770. It is ranked as the world’s 5th largest natural harbours. During the Second World War the harbour became the base for the combined East Asian Fleet of the Allied Powers. It is the ideal beach resort. All water sports are available here including fishing and sea angling. Whales watching is a speciality. Located at the mouth of Sri Lanka’s longestriverMahaweliGanga,Trinco’smost famous landmark is Fort Federick, a century and a half of British fortifications can be found here. The cliff known as Swami Rock on the tip of Fort Federick’s promontory is associatedwithatragicromantictalewoven If Sri Lanka is Serendipity, beach lovers will find lots of it on the east coast. The coastline here is uneven with many bays and sheltered coves. The East Coast has to offer some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, unspoilt and pristine, extending from Arugam Bay in the South to the Nilaveli beach in the East. Trincomalee 2 3 Nilaveli Pigeon Island Kalkudah 4 6 Batticaloa Pasekudah Bay 8 9 7 10 Ampara Arugambay Pottuvil Monaragala to Jaffna to Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa to Yala to Ella 1 5 EAST CoAST Trincomalee 1 Nilaveli 2 Pigeon Island 3 Batticaloa 4 Kalkudah 5 Pasekudah Bay 6 Arugambay 7 Ampara 8 Pottuvil 9 Monaragala 10