Eastern Province Sri lanka Tourism
Our personally handpicked hotels from Eastern province Sri lanka after years of research, analysis, experience and feed backs can benefit you through our suggestion of the best economy, luxury and deluxe suites, according to the costs you are willing to spend on your accommodation during your travel. We have the best of hotels on our fingertips for families, individuals and groups. We understand that accommodation is not only about physical stay but it is also about some of the best comforts, luxuries, facilities and treatments. You invariably have beaches in all all three districts (Trincomalee, Ampara and Batticaloa), since it is one of the tourism Districts of Sri lanka.
Since it has beaches all over the eastern cost, you have plenty of beach resorts and suites in all the beaches. If you get your hotels in the middle of plain lands without sea borders, you will most probably have it in the cities. Even in such cases, we will get you the best of accommodation in hotels that have rooms with decent facilities in our Eastern Province Sri lanka Tourism packages. Almost all of such big beach side and city-side resorts have several relaxation treatments and facilities like the Spa Treatment. Although all these facilities are provided, we take the responsibility in our Eastern Province Sri lanka Tourism PACKAGE to ensure that all these are available at a fairly good price to all. First of all, every service must be at affordable prices.
Affordability comes with convenience in price. We provide this comfort in choosing the luxuries and facilities that you wish to have and for the most parts, we ensure that you get all the facilities whichever you choose. Be it economy or luxury, we endeavor to get you all that we can in our Sri Lanka Hotels Packages. The plenty of choices we offer ranges from big restaurants to a la carte dining which goes according to your convenience, tastes and preferences. Also, it will look into separate preferences like honeymoon, vacation, tour, travel, etc. For honeymoon, we make sure that the ambience of the room matches your liking with preferred seaside resorts and suites to city side rooms. For your romantic evenings, we get you suites that offer plenty of privacy to keep you feeling the hospitality by the non-invasion of privacy. If you are a sea food fan, eastern Sri lanka is just for you.
Some of the Hotels and guest houses providers even have a variety of entertainment to keep you, your kids and your family engaged in them. Almost all the resorts have swimming pools where you can bathe with your entire family. Most of the times, we will put you up at resorts and suites that have special entertainment, events and fests to entertain you as you relax in the evenings. Thus, we make our accommodation package the best to keep you feeling comfortable all the time! read also out travel tips and things to do in Batticaloa to find out more
Eastern cost Sri lanka
Kantale Tank, one of the biggest and most ancient reservoirs in Sri Lanka, is located in Trincomalee district along the Trincomalee – Kandy Main Road at Kantale, a small town inhabited by a mixed population of Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils. There are some folk tales on who built this ancient reservoir. Some believe that it was built by Kulakkoddan (an Indian King). However, Mahawamsa, the ancient chronicle records that the Kantale Tank (referred to as “Gangathala Vapi”) was built by King Aggabodhi II (604-614 AD). King Parakramabahu the Great (1153 – 1186) further renovated and developed this tank.
Kantale Tank covers a total of 3,750 hectares. The height of the dam is 18 meters and the length is around 2300 meters. The catchment area is 216 sq. km while its water capacity is around 135 million cubic meters. Kantale tank is fed by the longest river Mahaweli and gives water for a large extent of paddy and sugar cane cultivation, which is the the major livelihood of the population in the district. Kantale Tank also gives water for human consumption in and around the district.
Inland fishing is a key activity in the tank while there is potential for bird watching, elephant watching and boat tours. You will be stunned with amazing scenic views from the dam and capture some wonderful pictures.
Ensure the safety measures before get into the tank.
All seasons year-round. If you happen to visit there during the dam overflows (December/January), you would really have an unforgettable experience.
Kantale tank is located approximately 41 km from the Trincomalee city on the Trincomalee – Kandy Main Road at Kantale. Roads are in very good condition and you could reach Kantale in any type of vehicle.
Arisimalai can be translated as “Rice Mountain” or “Mountain of Rice” in English. The Tamil word “Arisi” is “Rice” and “Malai” is “Mountain” in English. Arisimalai is a small beach surrounded by sand rocks and situated approximately 2.5 km away from Pulmoddai town, which is popular because of its rich mineral sand deposits and the Ilmenite mineral factory.
Arisimalai is famous for its unique feature of the size of its sand. The sand along this beach looks exactly like “Samba rice”. Have a walk on the sand! You would feel like walking on a heap of rice! There is a legend associated with Arisimali. A ship with full of rice belonging to Thapassu and Bhalluka brothers who were carrying the hair relic of lord Buddha with them, was caught in a cyclone and drifted to this beach. The two brothers survived and reached inland through “Yan Oya”. When they came back to get their rice, the local people did not let them to get it and they had to left it on the beach. Eventually the rice became sand. That is how the place got its name and the odd sand.
Currently, the beach is maintained by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Arisimalai beach is safe to have a sea bath as it is shallow crystal clear water surrounded by small rocks from two edges and therefore the waves are not so rough. Swimming is also possible. You can enjoy some beach games with your family and friends.
The beach and the surroundings have a fantastic scenic view and you could capture some beautiful pictures. You can also have your family picnic at this beach.
Arisimalai beach can be accessed round the year, however better to avoid rainy seasons. The best season to visit is between April to September.
The location is blessed with natural richness. From the entrance, you need to walk about 3/4 km through a small path covered with trees and bushes that gives you a pleasant feeling. The beach is clean and beautiful.
Visitors are expected to preserve the environment and respect cultural diversity.
Arisimalai is situated at Pulmoddai, 57 Km from Trincomalee city. The road from Trincomalee to Pulmoddai is in a very good condition and it may take around 1.5 – 2 hours drive to reach Arisimalai. You don’t need to drive up to Pulmoddai town. Around 2 km before reaching the town, you would find a small military camp and a primary school at the 52nd Mile Post. By the side of the primary school, you will find an earth road that leads to Arisimalai. It is about 3 km from the main road to Arisimalai by interior roads which are not in good condition. There are no sign boards along the road side to guide you, hence it may be little difficult to a newcomer. It is advisable to be accompanied by a tour guide or a local person who is familiar with the inner roads. Since the inner roads are narrow, it is good to avoid large buses.
Marble Beach, also known as Marble Bay Beach, is another fine beach in Sri Lanka. The beach is situated at the Marble Bay that comes within the Trincomalee’s natural harbor area. When the day is bright and the sea is calm, you can see the surface shining like a marble and that’s how the name is derived.
The beach is located in a stunning environment—the grassland, trees, resting huts, restaurants, rocks, the resort, and the calm and safe bay with crystal clear blue water—all take you to a pleasant world. Marble Bay is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling when the sea is calm. The grazing cattle, monkeys, peacocks and different species of Sri Lankan birds could be viewed in the jungle before reaching the beach. The overnight stay in the nice resort will give you an unforgettable experience.
Best season to visit Marble Beach is from April to September. November and December are crowded with local tourists. All basic amenities such as toilets, drinking water, restaurants, vehicle parking and resting huts are available.
Marble Beach is overlooked by the “Diamond Hill”. When you get to the top of the Diamond Hill you can have a birds’ eye view of Trincomalee city and the Harbour.
Swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, bird watching, rock climbing, beach games, boat riding, photography and nature walk.
Access to Marble Beach is possible round the year. Best season to visit is from April to September. November and December are crowded with local tourists.
Marble Beach is one of the popular places of tourist’s attraction and large number of foreign and domestic tourists visit here. All visitors are requested to preserve the beautiful environment and adhere to the best practices adopted here. Since people from diverse communities visit here, visitors are advised to observe nationally accepted cultural behaviors.
Marble Beach is situated around 18 km from the Trincomalee town along the Trincomalee-Kinniya main road. You should take the turn at the small junction before reaching the Kinniya Bridge. There is a sign board placed along the road side. The interior road (2.8 km) is narrow and beyond a certain distance it is gravel road, but vehicles of any type can access.
Trincomalee War Cemetery, also known as Trincomalee British War Cemetery or World War II Cemetery, is situated around 6 km north of Trincomalee town along Trincomalee – Pulmoddai main road (A6) on your way to Nilaveli. Is one of the six War Cemeteries in Sri Lanka (4 in Colombo and 1 in Kandy.)
Trincomalee War Cemetery was built in honour of the soldiers who fell during the Second World War – 1939 to 1945. The Cemetery contains remains of 364 causalities of the combined services from different countries such as England, Ceylon, India, Canada, France, Holland, New Zealand, Italy,East Africa, South Africa, Burma and Pakistan. The graves cover one hectare of land and every grave is marked with the name of the of the soldier, position, date of death etc. It is well maintained by the Sri Lankan Government with financial support of Commonwealth War Commission. The relatives of the soldiers pay their observances when they visit Trincomalee. So, it is a significant place for foreign visitors.
Trincomalee was the main strategic Naval & Air-force Base of the British and Allied Powers for the entire South East and Far East Asia Command during World War II. On April 9th, 1942, the Trincomalee sea port came under attack by the Japanese. A British war ship anchored in the harbour got destroyed during the attack, killing 368 soldiers and injuring many. It is believed that the bodies of those who died during this attack and some of the corpses which could not be taken back to Britain were buried here.
Drive along Trincomalee – Nilaveli main road for about 6 km and the War Cemetery is located by the side of main road. Road is in good condition and you may reach there in any type of vehicles.
Pet animals are not allowed.
The world famous Trincomalee natural deep water harbor is ranked as the second best natural harbor in the world. It is renowned for its large size (7.5 km2) and security and is the only harbor in the Indian Ocean that can be accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. It is about 10 times larger than the Port of Colombo. Admiral Lord Nelson had described this harbor as “the finest harbor in the world” when he visited aboard HMS Seashore in 1770 and the British described it as “the most valuable colonial possession on the globe providing the Indian Empire a security which it had not enjoyed from elsewhere”. The habour is overlooked by terraced highlands and its entrance is guarded by two headlands, therefore, well protected from the monsoon winds. The three major bays namely, Back Bay, Dutch Bay and Inner Harbor that lie between the two headlands would be wonderful to explore during sunset when the fishermen return with their daily catches.
Trincomalee harbor has 2 segments, Inner Harbour and Outer Harbour. The outer harbour is composed of the Trincomalee Bay, which has the approaches to the Harbour and Koddiyar Bay into which the Mahaweli drains. At the place where the Mahaweli flows in to the bay there is a deep submarine canyon which runs to a depth of 400m about 4000 ft. from the shore.
Port Dimensions: Water- 1630 hectares, Entrance channel- 500 meters and Land Area- 5261 hec.
Trincomalee Harbour served as the main channel for sea borne trade during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwan periods. During the Kandyan Period (17th to 19th centuries AD), Trincomalee was the main port for the country. The seafarers Ptolemy (in the 2nd century BC) and Marco Polo (in the 12th century AD) and sea traders from China and East Asia had mentioned the port in their journals. There had been many sea battles during the colonial era nearby the Trinco Harbour as the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and the British tried to capture it in turn. The Trinco Harbour is also the home to major naval base in Sri Lanka which played a significant role during the 3 decade old civil war in Sri Lanka.
The Naval Dockyard (Naval Base) was built by the side of the Harbour by the British because of its sea route importance. Within the harbor is the Prima Flour Mills and the Tokyo Cement Company which works round the clock and gives employment to over 3500 people, mostly from Trincomalee. The Ashroff Jetty is popular for Commercial and Cruise ships.
The Trincomalee natural harbor can be viewed from the Inner Harbour Road. But for access into the Ashroff Jetty, Prima and the Tokyo Cement, there is an access road at Kappalthurai in Chinabay, which is approximately 10 km away from Trincomalee town.
The Entrance to the Naval Dockyard is located on the Inner Harbour Road which is around 2½ km from the main bus stand.
Lover’s Leap is located in close proximity to Koneswaram Temple and gives the viewers a breathtaking and thrilling scenic view. A rock of around 350 feet sheer drop! The Hindus believe this as “Ravana’s Cleft”. On your right just a few meters before stepping into the Temple, you will locate this famous spot.
There are two legendary and heart touching stories behind Lover’s Leap, and both seem to be almost similar. The first one is about Francina van Reed. She was the daughter of a gentleman of the rank in the civil service of Holland. She was engaged to a young Dutch officer. He broke off the engagement, and when his period of Foreign Service was over, at the time he embarked for Holland, the forsaken girl watched the vessel from the promontory of Swami Rock, and when the ship was taking away and passed the rock face she flung herself from the rock into the sea.
The other story revolves around the love story of a British lady by the name of Marina who jumped off this rock after her love affair was broken. A British captain whom Marina fell in love with was recalled to the UK. Consequently after he left the country in a ship from the Trincomalee harbour, Marina unable to cope up with the grief took her life by jumping off this rock.
There are also stories of a few Sri Lankans who jumped off the Lover’s Leap and committed suicide because of their broken or failed love affairs.
The Koneswaram Temple is an old Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
Venerated by Saivites (those who worships God Shiva) throughout the continent, It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town. The primary deity is the Hindu God Lord Shiva in the form of Konesar. At its zenith, the Konesar temple was the main shrine of the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple Compounds, one of three ancient connected Hindu temples on Swami Rock with a considerably sized Gopuram. This temple stood distinctly in the middle of the cape, at its highest eminence. The other two connected temple shrines of the Koneswaram complex, to deities Ganesh, Vishnu (Thirumal), Ambal-Shakti and Murukan stretched across the cape to its extremities. The complex has laid in ruins, been restored, renovated and enlarged by various royals and devotees throughout its history. Heralded as one of the richest and most visited temple compounds in Asia, Koneswaram became one of the most important surviving and influential structures of the classical Dravidian architectural period by the early 17th century.
The village of Thirukonamalai (Trincomalee) was located on the isthmus of the cape within the compounds. The Trincomalee District makes up the entire property and land of the city and the surrounding villages that Thirukonamalai Koneswaram Kovil owned in its floruit, affirmed through several royal grants in the early medieval period; the shrine thus gave the city and district its name and services were provided to Trincomalee residents with the temple’s revenue.