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Eastern Sri Lanka is a province in Sri Lanka.


Map of Eastern Province (Sri Lanka)
  • 1 Trincomalee — The Eastern Province's capital. It is also a deep-water naval base
  • 2 Batticaloa — the second largest city of the Eastern Province amid sea and lagoons
  • Ampara — the administrative capital of the Ampara District
  • 3 Sammanthurai — the administrative capital of the Sammanthurai Area

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Arugam Bay — a popular surfing and tourist destination
  • Passikudah — a crescent-moon bay with shallow water and fringing reefs
  • 2 Nilaveli — a long sand strip, quite clean for Lankan standards and well maintained
  • 3 Kumana National Park


Get in[edit]

Trains run from Colombo to Trincomalee (7 hours 35 minutes day, 8 hours sleeper, three per day) and Batticaloa (8 hours 40 minutes day, 9 hours sleeper, two per day) but note there is no train directly linking these two cities.

Get around[edit]



  • Swim in the blue water of Passikudah bay
  • Learn to ride a wave at Arugam Bay
  • Take a boat ride to experience snorkeling around Pigeon Island Island National Park (Nilaveli)
  • Tour the swamps south of Arugam Bay and watch exotic birds and huge crocodiles



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