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Top 05 Attractions in East coast Sri Lanka – Laid Back Beach Resort

Eastern coast of Sri Lanka is a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. The utterly stunning coastline is yet to face the ravages of high demand tourism offering the best pristine beach experience.

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Pottuvil Lagoon

Pottuvil Lagoon

This beautiful lagoon is home to mangrove forests and little islands around which monitor lizards, exotic birds, crocodiles and the elusive elephant are spotted. Nature lovers are in for a treat as they traverse the Pottuvil Lagoon; look forward to sights of magnificent kingfishers, sea eagles, herons, peacock and egrets among the feathered species while the sounds of a monkey's screech will be all that disturbs the serene sanctuary, that's a treasured eco-system. Eco friendly tours are organised in order to preserve the delicate balance of nature and local fishery industry. It is best to go along with an English speaking guide as most fishermen conducting these tours do not speak English.

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Magul Maha Vihara

Magul Maha Vihara

Just 12kms from Pottuvil; which is around the Batticaloa district and easily reached from Arugam Bay and Pasikuda hotels is this 5th century relic. Dated as a BC ruin surviving since the 5th century the temple believed to have been erected by King Dhatusena 475 – 453 BC; sits in the middle of a forest reserve. Experts believe the shrine to have been part of a royal complex. At the base is a traditional stone moonstone with carvings of elephants; strangely depicted with riders which are highly unusual. Further away you will also come across the relic of a brick stupa in Kotawehera which too is believed to belong to the same period. The stupa sits on a beautiful hill which on a clear day promises one stunning vistas across the forest and beautiful wetlands, all the way to Pottuvil Lagoon.

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Kokkadicholai Hindu Temple

Kokkadicholai Hindu Temple

One of the most exotic places to visit in Pasikuda this Hindu Temple is steeped in ancient legend. The place is believed to have sprung up on its own according to local legend and is held in great reverence by the Hindu community of Sri Lanka. Pilgrims from across the nation flock to the site to pay homage. You too can easily explore the mysterious place which is quite close to Anantaya Resorts & Spa Sri Lanka.

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The Batticaloa Lighthouse

The Batticaloa Lighthouse

The town's grand colonial past is reflected in the 28 meters tall Batticaloa Lighthouse. Erected by the British in 1913 the tower stands as a beacon over the Pottuvil Lagoon and glistening Indian Ocean.

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Yudaganawa

Yudaganawa

Yudaganawa is an ancient stupa relic that's found in a forest in Buttala; a town that's part of the South East Coast. Although just the bottom part of the dagoba remains it is magnificent enough to allow your imagination to recreate its former splendour. The site is believed to be over 2,300 years old and has had some renovations done to it over the years. A small shrine near the stupa houses 7th century prints and 300 year old carved wood statues of the Buddha while the moss covered 12th century Chulangani Viharaya located before the stupa is home to another 7th century Buddha statue and other relics.

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