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east coast

east coast sri lanka

The east coast of Sri Lanka is very different to the rest of the island with predominately Tamil speaking people, and a different weather pattern meaning it is perfect in our summer months.

The capital is Trincomalee which blends a dash of colonial history and the colour of Hindu temples and stunning coastal scenery. Down the coast you will find sleepy coastal palm-fringed beaches.  

Sri Lanka's east coast is relatively undiscovered and undeveloped. The hotels and resorts here are much less sophisticated that on the south coast and considerably cheaper too.

Our recommended destinations to stay on the east coast are:

A visit to the east coast is probably the least touristy beach option in Sri Lanka and is a good choice during the European summer.

However, why not combine your stay with a visit the Hill Country or the south coast?

We can tailor-make the perftect itinerary for you.

Whale watching:  Trincomalee is rapidly emerging as another internationally important whale-watching destination. Blue whales in particular (plus smaller numbers of sperm whales) can regularly be seen around six to eight nautical miles east of Trincomalee (about 30 mins by boat), Dolphins (mainly Spinner) are also regularly seen. Most sightings occur between 1 April and 30 September, as whales continue their migrations around the island from the south coast (where they mainly congregate from December to April).  

This means that Sri Lanka offers around ten months of continuous whale-watching annually at different points around the coast.

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Beach and Cultural Triangle

11 nights from £1,965 per person
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Seasons & Weather

The east coast is at its warmest and driest during the European summer months when the west coast and south coast are receiving more seasonal rain.

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

trinco blu by cinnamon

trinco blu by cinnamon

east coast, sri lanka    room per night from £80

A laid-back beach resort on Sri Lanka's east coast with great food, friendly service and - from April to September - whale and dolphin watching opportunities.

maalu maalu

maalu maalu

east coast, sri lanka    room per night from £110

Nestled on the centre of the beautiful Pasikuda Bay on an untouched stretch of white sandy beach, Maalu Maalu offers you a wonderful place to escape by the sea.

jungle beach

jungle beach

east coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £625

Jungle Beach is situated on the relatively unexplored east coast and offers a delightful and relaxing beach experience that is surrounded by nature.


experiences, east coast