Aerial view of the East Coast of Sri Lanka

East Coast

About

The east coast of Sri Lanka is very different from 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.

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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.

When to travel

Itineraries

Sunbeds on beach at Jungle Beach Sri Lanka
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Where to stay

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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...

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Maalu Maalu Sri Lanka

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...

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Sharing from: £270
Pool amid jungle at Jungle Beach Sri Lanka

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

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Experiences in east-coast

Sunbeds on beach at Jungle Beach Sri Lanka

We have a choice of recommended places to stay on Sri Lanka's east coast, but the best for water sports is Maalu Maalu Resort and...

Maalu Maalu Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's north east coast has the real advantage of being at its warmest and driest during the European summer months when the west coast...

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