Agent Tools & Info - Asia - Sri Lanka - East
EASTERN SRI LANKA
Running from the regional capital Trincomalee in the north to the grasslands of the Yala National Park home to wild elephants and the highest density of leopards in the south, the eastern part of Sri Lanka has only recently opened up to tourism. The eastern coastline is not as developed as the south-west coast, with a more local feel, with it's fishing villages, hidden bays and long stretches of white sand beaches.
Trincomalee - One of the world's finest habours is the gateway to golden palm-fringed beaches with laid-back bars with a mellow ambience lining the beach, relax in a hammock and enjoy the sunset making for a perfect place to unwind. It is not just the beaches though, Trincomalee itself has a fascinating history and a handful of eye-catching landmarks worth visiting such as Koneswaram Temple a revered temple at the summit of a rocky outcrop is one of Sri Lanka’s pancha ishwaram, five historical Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva. The spectacular views of Gokarna Bay and famous for spotting blue whales, from May to October.
Top Selling Hotels -
Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes (P) - Located north of Trincomalee on a near deserted beach, amongst lush jungle. The pool meanders through the foliage and with it's green tiles, making it feel like a natural lagoon. The chalet style rooms have been designed to blend into their natural surroundings with a private deck and outdor rain showers. Guests can wander down to the beach via timber boardwalks where sun loungers await with a restaurant & bar to cater for a day relaxing by the sea.
Arugam Bay - Home to one of the best surf beaches in the country and also the main party destination in Sri Lanka, with beautiful people, great music, and lots of dancing, drew surfers and sun-seekers to Sri Lanka. With it's beachfront guesthouses, oceanside restaurants and mellow vibe is the epitome of the laid-back beach scene, the opposite of many west coast beach resorts
Yala - Sri Lanka's most famous national park is rich in wildlife and you're virtually certain to encounter elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes and monkeys. Yala is divided into 5 zones. Not all zones are open to public and tourists (usually 1 or 2 zones are open) the other zones are reserved for professional research and documentary filming, therefore a large proportion of the park's natural habitat is dedicated to the animals without the intrusion.
Top Selling Hotels -
Jetwing Yala (P) - Behind the sand dunes on the Indian Ocean and on the edge of Yala National Park this property offers one of the most spectacular locations in all of Sri Lanka. Offering contemporary luxury the property is designed to blend in with nature and with a commitment to sustainablility, using solar energy, water recycling & management, working to protect local turtle hatchlings from poachers and sourcing and producing local produce. Guests can swim in the 75 metre long pool or in the ocean, the hotel provides lifeguards for precaution or soak up the sun on the lounges and enjoy a cocktail.
Chena Huts by Uga Escapes (I) - With only 14 luxury cabins spread out over a spacious 7-acre property offers exclusivity and privacy form it's guests. Each cabin has a shaded deck with it's own private pool. It's ideal location on the edge of Yala National Park, allows guests easy access to the local widlife with morning & evening game drives, included as part of guests staying at Chena Huts. Not only are games drives included, but meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), drinks & laundry are included as part a stay at the Chena Huts.