Where to stay on the east coast

The east coast is home to some of the finest beaches on the island, where surfing is the mantra. Discover our recommended hotels on the east coast.

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Home to some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka such as Pasikudah, Nilaveli and Arugambay, the east coast provides the ultimate holiday experience. Pasikudah is also a haven for surfers, where you come across perfect beaches that create amazing adventures. 

So, if you are planning a trip to the eastern part of the paradise island, check out some of our recommended hotels. With an emphasis on sustainability and where eco-friendly practices are given prominence, these hotels are great options for tourists. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then you must visit the Amethyst Resort since the hotel offers many activities such as windsurfing and more. Another place you must visit is Paper Moon Kudils, where the property lends itself to surfing and pure relaxation along with scrumptious cuisine.

Amethyst Resort Passikudah

Set along the pristine coastlines of Passikudah Beach, Amethyst Resort, Passikuddah offers a spacious outdoor swimming pool and provides windsurfing activities. Free Wi-Fi access is available at all public areas. Air-conditioned rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a seating area and a writing desk. The en suite bathroom will include shower amenities and a hairdryer. Getting around the island is easy with bicycle and car rentals. Amethyst’s 24-hour front desk can also assist with laundry/ironing services, room service and travel arrangements. Guests can unwind at Taprobane Restaurant specializing in seafood dishes or enjoy a drink at The Kool Pool Bar and The Barrel Pub. Located just 5 km from Valachchenai Railway Station, the property is also just 600 metres away from the city centre and 28 km from Batticaloa Town.

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Pigeon Island Beach Resort

Pigeon Island Beach Resort is located to the north of Trincomalee City. Offering rooms and suites with a private balcony, the resort has an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Situated off Nilaveli Town, Pigeon Island is a 6-hour drive from Colombo International Airport. Featuring a modern decor, rooms at Pigeon Island are equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. A tea/coffee maker and minibar are included. Some rooms feature sea views. Guests may play a game of billiards or table tennis at the resort. Water sports such as diving and snorkelling can be arranged. Resort Pigeon Island organises trips and activities such as whale or dolphin watching. The resort’s restaurant serves a variety of local and Western dishes. Drinks and light snacks are offered at the beach bar. Alternatively, room service is available.

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Pigeon Island

Arugambay Roccos

Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Arugambay Roccos is set in Arugam Bay in the Ampara District Region, 2.7 km from Muhudu Maha Viharaya. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.Certain units have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Rooms include views of the pool or garden. All rooms have a private bathroom.There is luggage storage space at the property.

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Paper Moon Kudils

If you are heading for a holiday in Arugam Bay, this is the place to stay. Located on the beautiful sunny beaches of Whisky Point, Urani and away from the crowds, Paper Moon Kudils is just ten minutes away from the main road. Spread across the land, the main feature that draws you is the openness and unhindered views of the ocean. One of the best surfing points for beginners, Whisky Point is just a few steps away from Paper Moon Kudils and Pottuvil Point, a place for advanced surfers is just beyond.  Everything is done differently at Paper Moon Kudils. The name itself, Kudils, means traditional living spaces. The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxing where you can just be yourself. There are 20 kudils, each can accommodate up to three people. The kudils are large and spacious with a verandah and attached bathroom. The kudils are furnished comfortably with a king size bed (double). While there is no room service, you will find an obliging staff to take care of your needs on request.  Kusini (Tamil for kitchen) Restaurant serves the tastiest meals with interesting twists to some of the known Sri Lankan food. Try the Urani Burger, Urani Healthy Special or breakfast and Urani dinner and you will definitely be left wanting for more. Fresh seafood, grilled or prepared anyway you like is another scrumptious option that you must try. The action in the kitchen can be viewed while enjoying a delicious meal. The ambience is laid back and relaxing with the music at the Kusini.  The one

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Arugam Bay

The Blue Wave Hotel

Located in the centre of Arugambay, The Blue Wave Hotel is a few minutes away from the beautiful eastern shoreline. It is the first star class hotel in the area. The hotel is spacious and elegantly furnished in shades of blue, while a giant sculpture of an elephant adds an Island touch. They offer Suites, Deluxe Double Rooms, Deluxe Triple Rooms and Deluxe Twin Rooms. Their accommodation is air conditioned, comfortably equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and access to a private terrace. The spacious Suites offer a living area, while all rooms have a verandah or balcony. The hotel’s restaurant provides guests with a selection of local and international cuisine prepared by their world-class chef. One can also enjoy their signature and fusion dishes while enjoying views of the pool and environs. To make your stay all the more enjoyable, the hotel also organises personalised BBQs on request. The Hotel is equipped with a well stocked bar and a billiards table by the pool. The fitness centre offers guests the chance to burn off their holiday guilt while the Ayurvedic spa will relax your mind, body and soul. As the hotel is located close to the night-life action of Arugambay, there is great entertainment after dark. The Blue Wave Hotel is ready to organise transport if you ever need to travel to the popular surfing points in Arugambay. The hotel also arranges excursions to the Kudumbigala Monastery, Okanda Devalaya, and the historic sites of Lahugala, Ma

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