East & North
Despite having seemingly unending beaches, great surf and mangrove lagoons
the East Coast has been largely off the tourist map due to civil unrest.
Places on the east coast are crowdless. Local people would greet you warmly
there. The government too wants to re-establish tourism here. Ideal time to
visit the east coast is May to September.
Arugam Bay, it is said, is the best surf in Sri Lanka. The wide sweeping
beach is nice for swimming in all months fo the year. Most surfers arrive
here between April to September. Most of them follow surfing with fishing.
These activities and lovely scenic view ensure that you have highly
productive time in Arugam Bay.
Trincomalee or Trinco is one of the largest deep water harbours in the
world. It is located on the north-east part of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee has
served Sri Lanka as an important seaport since the times of ancient days. On
the Swami Rock stands one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. In
Second World War, Trinco was the headquarters of Allied South-East Asia
Command. Trinco is a naval and military post, thriving market, economic
centre and wonderful beaches and diving. Popular places to visit in
Trincomalee are Koneswaram Kovil, Swami Rock and Nilaveli Beach.
Jaffna Peninsula has history of continuous strife. It suffered Portugese
invasion in 16th Century, the Dutch domination in 17th Century, the British
in 18th Century and then the Tamil fighting. Although the region is now
peaceful a military post is yet there. The shallow lagoons here have plenty
of bird life. Jaffna Fort was built in 1680 by the Dutch.