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Things to do on Sri Lanka’s East Coast – Explore a different side of Sri Lanka

From light blue luminescent waters, pristine beaches, snorkelling expeditions and a whole lot of ocean explorations, the east coast of Sri Lanka is full of activity for the adventurous. Planning on a visit? Here are just a few activities that might interest you.


Go green at Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a coastal town in Sri Lanka in which the residents have dedicated themselves to ridding the environment of waste and pollution. You will not find many beachside hotels here either because of pressure from the local community that this will only increase garbage on beaches and pollution. Still, you are free to pay a visit to the beach that is famous for some of the best surfing breaks on the island and other water sports. In the town of Arugam Bay is a waste management centre you can visit to see how plastic waste is being recycled. Just 20 minutes away from the town is another enterprise that sells rice bags that have been transformed into interesting and useful items for day to day use.


Safari in Gal Oya National Park

Rich in wildlife this sanctuary is a haven for the animals and paradise for nature lovers who prefer to explore in peace and quiet. This area isn't very touristy, so you will be able to hitch a peaceful boat ride on the Gal Oya that has many islands on it. The brackish waters of the river are quite deep, but in the river are crocodiles that a huge, elephants love to bathe in the river too. But the most extraordinary occurrence after the rains in mid-February is the herd of elephants crossing the river to another island. Monkey Mountain is also within the borders of this national park. You can embark on a hike about 2 hours long to reach the summit and be rewarded with spectacular views.


Trinco's most scenic spot

Trincomalee is the most famous place to visit in the east. The place has a calming atmosphere, although it can be hot and humid here. The best place to visit would be Koneswarum Kovil. This is a Hindu temple situated on a rock called Swami Rock or Lover's Leap. The name Lover's Leap came about from an incident that took place when the Dutch ruled Sri Lanka. A Dutch Officer's daughter is said to have committed suicide by jumping into the sea from that very spot. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese but was later rebuilt. The ancient items that were missing were retrieved from the bottom of the ocean in the 1900s. In Trincomalee, things to do are few, nonetheless, they are exciting.


A walk with the Veddhas

The Veddhas are the native people of Sri Lanka said to be descendants of the very first King of the island, King Vijaya and Kuveni who was from the yaksha (devil) tribe. This community is nearly extinct, even though their numbers are little, they are determined to preserve their customs and traditions. You can have the opportunity to walk with the chief and delve into their culture.


Water sports

When it comes to water sports, the east is famous for surfing. Diving and snorkelling are much loved here as well. Marine life is colourful and abundant in the waters. If you are staying at hotels like Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes, then you should be able to rent out the gear you need.

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