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Sri Lanka's East Coast

Inviting Sri Lanka's East Coast

This East Coast exploration is a safari and beach combination that may be best suited to a second-time visitor to Sri Lanka. This coast is a much less visited part of the island. See the wild and secluded Gal Oya National Park on jeep safaris, hikes and boat trips, and then explore the coastal regions of Pasikudah and Trincomalee.

The first part of your journey takes place at Gal Oya Lodge in Gal Oya National Park, the only park in Sri Lanka where it is possible to take a boat safari, allowing close-up encounters with swimming elephants. You will also experience traditional jeep safaris and walking trails in search of wildlife such as wild boar, sloth bears, water buffalo, and leopards. We recommend that you take a guided hike with the indigenous Vedda people who live here. It’s then time to move to the coast to the small seaside resort town of Pasikudah. You will stay at Uga Bay, a luxury beach hotel set on Pasikudah Beach, renowned as being the best beach in Sri Lanka. It has year-round swimming beaches, and the bay offers water sports and scuba diving. The final stop is the port city of Trincomalee. Uga Jungle Beach is a remote resort on a near-deserted beach on the island’s barely inhabited northeastern coast. Perfect for seclusion seekers, you will sleep in castaway villas in the lush jungle. Kuchchaveli’s beach is generally swimmable year-round, and the main attractions are whale watching, snorkeling and scuba diving. There is, however, plenty for culture vultures as well, including Trincomalee town, a former Dutch colony, with plentiful historic sites. On either side of your journey, you will overnight at The Wallawwa just a 20 to 30 minutes’ drive from Colombo airport, Kotugoda is a charming town surrounded by coconut plantations, rice paddies, and tea fields.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Gal Oya Lodge, National Parks, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Uga Bay Hotel, East Coast, Sri Lanka
  • 4 nights - Uga Jungle Beach, East Coast, Sri Lanka
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

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Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

The Wallawwa verandah
The Wallawwa gardens
The Wallawwa pool
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Day 1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the airport.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite
GO bedroom verandah
GO pool
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Day 2 - 4

Today you will catch a Cinnamon Air charter flight to Gal Oya National Park.

  • 2 nights

Gal Oya Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | Bungalow
Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge Bungalow
Uga Bay Hotel Entrance
Uga Bay Hotel Beach Dining
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Day 4 - 7

Today you will be privately driven the approximately 3-hour drive to Pasikudah.

  • 3 nights

Uga Bay Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Beach Studio
Sri Lanka

Uga Bay Hotel Beach Villa Master Bedroom
Uga Jungle Beach Cluster Cabin Exterior
Uga Jungle Beach Beach Dining
Uga Jungle Beach Beach
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Day 7 - 11

Your next beach destination is Trincomalee which is a further 3-hour drive away.

  • 4 nights

Uga Jungle Beach
Bed & Breakfast | Beach Studio
Sri Lanka

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The Wallawwa verandah
The Wallawwa gardens
The Wallawwa pool
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Day 11

Today you will depart on a Cinnamon Air charter flight to Colombo Airport, following which you will be road transferred back to The Wallawwa in Kotugoda (approx. 35 min)

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite

Day 12

Today you will be returned to the airport to catch your international flight home.

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  • Charter flights as indicated
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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