Choose to visit Passikudah, characterised by breathtakingly beautiful beaches and the shallow calm waters of the bays of Passikudah. Ideal for the experiential traveller to visit from May – October, when the waters are calm and knee deep for what seems like an aeon as you walk in to the ocean, Passikudah is a planned resort district found about 35km north of the town of Batticaloa in the East coast of Sri Lanka. While the area is fast becoming a tourism hub for investors, strict environmental regulations imposed by the Government restricts mass-scale developments to some extent.
An x hour drive to Trinco, one could pick a day or half day full of activities from visiting Fort Frederick/Koneswaram Temple and the Lover's leap, to having a bath at the Kinniya hot springs to snorkeling or whale watching out in the Indian Ocean. If the feeling is to lazy around the beach, then try out the Uppuveli, Nilaveli or the Marble beach in Trinco.
Batticaloa is yet to commercialize as a tourist hub and the only water based activity that it offers is a glass bottom boat ride to admire the beauty of exquisite reef fish.
Batticaloa lagoon, the largest of three lagoons in the city offers the experiential traveller a unique boat ride through the mangroves that attract a variety of water birds. While bird watching is the main attraction during the boat ride, it is also documented that on a full moon night, one could hear "singing" fish in the lagoon.
Polonnaruwa, an ancient city built by the Kings, and now a UNESCO world heritage site, is most well known for the archeological wonders. The ruins which were ones palaces and Stupas, and statues and moonstones, are well preserved for the current generation to marvel at. The city built around the man made lake known as "Parakrama Samudraya" is compact enough for the visitor to enjoy the city and head back to Passikudah to continue the beach holiday.