Introduction 

Beachgoers with a pioneering spirit are on this journey to the undiscovered east coast of Sri Lanka with 9 mini-tours, a Safari, a cooking class, and charming beach resorts in good hands. The east coast impresses with pristine beach sections, wide beaches sloping gently into the sea, and constant warm weather in summer.    

The probability of having a dream beach all to yourself is high. Tourism is still in its infancy and besides secluded beaches, there are some interesting places to discover. Water sports enthusiasts can go diving, snorkeling, sailing, and surfing.  

Get to know two different dream beaches and the cultural triangle in the center of Sri Lanka in two weeks. Your stay by the sea will be enriched by interesting short trips.  

Enjoy endless tropical beaches, visit a giant, swim with baby sharks, and keep an eye out for whales!   

 

Why this travel package? 

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Sri Lanka beach vacation in two seaside resorts on the pristine east coast

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A change from beach life through interesting short trips to the surrounding area and a visit to the island's cultural triangle

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Charming beach resorts with breakfast

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Excursions & transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed private driver

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Recommended travel time: May to October

Itinerary: 14 days east coast – beach vacation for pioneers  

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Starts in:

Colombo 

Places visited - 3

(13 nights) 

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Ends:

Airport/Hotel 

Excursions: 9

2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – 1 safari –  1 cooking class  

Duration: 14 days

(With breakfast) 

Dream coasts: 2

(12 nights) 

Day 1: Airport - Minneriya - Habarana

Welcome to the tropical paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Visit a farming village 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

You will be met by your private driver in an air-conditioned vehicle at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and set off straight away to Habarana in central Sri Lanka. 

Here you get to know the everyday life of rice farmers. The ox cart in Habarana takes you to a traditional farming village. The farmers lead their visitors through the vegetable garden and across the fields, show their daily handicrafts, and describe their problems with wild elephants and the consequences of climate change. 

The village women prepare a typical lunch that is eaten in the hut of the farmworkers. Here you can eat with your hands! 

A special kind of meet & greet awaits you in the Minneriya National Park: groups of up to 400 pachyderms gather in the afternoon to swim and drink at the reservoir. In the jeep, you get closer to the animals and see their companions up close: birds, monkeys, buffalo, crocodiles, and other wild animals. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 2: Habarana - Sigiriya - Trincomalee

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Lion Rock (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Drive to the east coast 

The 200 meters high Sigiriya Lion Rock is located in an ancient garden, surrounded by the remains of a former palace complex. The fortress is Sri Lanka’s most important and most visited UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The history of this place dates back 7,000 years when King Ravana founded this amazing complex. Researchers suspect that the original palace lies undiscovered inside the rock. Allegedly one sees otherwise closed crevices open from time to time … 

The rock palace experienced a second heyday in the 5th century under King Kasyapa. The king’s son used the rock as a refuge from his brother and had elaborate buildings, a water supply that was groundbreaking for the time, and refined water gardens that can still be seen today. 

Halfway up the ascent, you will reach the “Cloud Girls”: well-preserved, centuries-old wall paintings made of natural paint. On the summit plateau, the ruins of the extensive royal palace invite you to climb. The strenuous ascent over 1,860 steps is rewarded with a pleasant cooling breeze and a wide view of the surroundings. 

In the afternoon, arrive at your first beach resort in the Trincomalee area of ​​the east coast. 

Bed and breakfast in Trincomalee 

UGA JUNGLE BEACH

Day 3 to 8: Beach days in Trincomalee

Highlights 

  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports 

Untouched dream beaches and ideal conditions for a relaxed beach vacation are offered by the still very pristine east coast in front of Trincomalee. In the European summer months, you can swim here and in the neighboring towns of Nilaveli and Uppuveli in the gently sloping sea, and, depending on the season, go sailing, snorkeling and diving. 

Bed and breakfast in Trincomalee 

UGA JUNGLE BEACH

Day 6: Excursion to Pigeon Island

Highlight 

  • Snorkeling on Pigeon Island 
  • Today you go underground! 

You cross over to Pigeon Island. It is located on a coral reef in one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. Swim with baby sharks, colorful fish, and sea turtles, and let yourself be enchanted by the colorful underwater world. 

Bed and breakfast in Trincomalee 

UGA JUNGLE BEACH

Day 7: Trip to Trincomalee

Highlight 

  • Trincomalee City Tour 

Today, explore Trincomalee with its largest deep-water port in the world. Start with a visit to the fish market and the central market. Then take a stroll through the manageable city center. You can also visit the nearby St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Here visitors can discover the names of well-known English families who found their final resting place here during British rule. 

The colorful Hindu temple Koneshwaram, located on a cliff in the area of ​​the largely destroyed Fort Frederick, looks back on thousands of years of history. A dramatic love tragedy is said to have occurred on the Swami Rock cliff in the 17th century, which is why the cliff is called “Lover’s Leap”. 

Look out for whales! Marine researchers have named this lookout point the most beautiful in the world for whale watching. 

Bed and breakfast in Trincomalee 

UGA JUNGLE BEACH

Day 9: Trincomalee - Passikudah / Kalkudah Highlights

Highlights 

  • Drive to Passikudah 

Today you will get to know a new stretch of coast: Past lonely dream beaches, you head south to Passikudah. 

The places Passikudah and Kalkudah await sun-seekers with a spectacular white sandy beach on a wide curved bay with crystal clear, shallow water. The offshore reef protects the bay and is home to a large variety of tropical fish. Shallow water invites you to swim and snorkel. 

Overnight and breakfast in Passikudah 

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Day 10 to 13: Beach days in Passikudah / Kalkudah

Highlights 

  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports 

Overnight and breakfast in Passikudah 

UGA BAY

Day 12: Excursion to Batticaloa

Highlights 

  • Visit a coconut plantation 
  • Visit with bike tour & lagoon trip in Batticaloa 
  • Cooking & lunch with a local family 

Today you have the opportunity to find out more about the cultivation and use of this cultivated plant, which is so important for Sri Lanka, on a coconut plantation. Finally, a delicious coconut ice cream from our production tempts you. 

Batticaloa is the second-largest city on the east coast. It is located on the largest saltwater lagoon in Sri Lanka, which stretches for 54 kilometers between Kalmunai and Chenkaladi. The inhabitants live mainly from fishing and growing coconuts and rice. Historic buildings such as the Dutch fort from the 17th-century bear witness to the 450-year influence of three colonial powers. 

The city is well known for its “singing fish”: if you dip an oar into the water of the lagoon on moonlit nights and hold the other end to your ear, legend has it that you hear fine sounds that are said to come from mysterious marine life. 

Divers have the opportunity here to dive for the wreck of the British aircraft carrier Hermes. The hull is overgrown with corals, but very well preserved. 

Explore Batticaloa by boat and bike. At lunchtime, you will meet a local family to cook and eat together. 

Overnight and breakfast in Passikudah 

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Day 14: Passikudah - Dambulla - Airport

Highlights 

  • Visit the Dambulla Cave Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Transfer to the airport 

On the way to the airport, visit the Dambulla Cave Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage). Here you will gain an insight into the fascinating culture of Sri Lanka. The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its 5 caves, in which there are 153 statues of Buddha carved out of the rock and well-preserved paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows uphill! 

The temple is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The focus is the huge resting Buddha in the first temple cave. From the viewing platform on the hill, you also have a beautiful view of the surroundings. 

Now it’s time to say goodbye! Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island relaxed and with many wonderful memories! Get home well! 

Ayubowan! 

Services

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a double room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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