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HERO East Coast
Sri Lanka


Explore East Coast

Sri Lanka’s east coast is an under the radar but emerging region that is particularly good to visit in the summer months, with weather patterns distinct from the rest of the island. The vibrant town of Trincomalee (known as Trinco) is the hub of the east coast and home to colourful Hindu temples, colonial architecture and stunning coastal scenery. Once a key port and centre of trade with neighbouring India, Cambodia and Indonesia, the coastline is now dotted with laidback fishing villages and offers a perfect escape for relaxation and water sports on palm-fringed, idyllic beaches.


  • Discover Trinco’s maritime history and its natural harbour, one of the world’s largest
  • Whale watching in season (May to September) - see blue and sperm whales
  • Best surf waves in Sri Lanka (some of the best in Asia) make Argugam Bay a surf mecca
  • Visit the impressive Buddha statues buried amongst jungle near remote Maligawila
  • Explore the unspoiled, sleepy coastline and its hidden gems before the crowds arrive

Iconic Activities

  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Cultural Experiences Activity Icon 2 Cultural Experiences
  • Archaeological Sites Activity Icon 2 Archaeological Sites
  • Temples Icon Temples
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East Coast Map

Enriching encounters


  • Leatherback Turtle
    Leatherback Turtle
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hawksbill turtle
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Spinner Dolphin Icon
    Spinner Dolphin
  • Blue Whale
    Blue Whale
  • Brydes Whale
    Bryde's Whale
  • Green Turtle
    Green Turtle
  • Sperm Whale
    Sperm Whale
Sample Itineraries


Wondrous and warm-hearted, Sri Lanka enriches and transforms all who visit. From honeymoons to family adventures, safari and solo trips, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of our favourite itineraries.

  • Bespoke itineraries
  • Flights and transfers included
  • Best rates guaranteed
Month-by-month guide

When to visit

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