Where to stay when travelling to the East?

Check out our list of recommended hotel along the East coast.
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By Time Out editors |

Home to some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka such as Passekudah, Nilaveli and Arugam Bay, the East coast provides the ultimate holiday experience. Passekudah is also a haven for surfers, where you get just the perfect beaches to have an amazing adventure. 

That being said, if you are planning your trip to the Eastern part of the paradise Island, check out some of our recommended hotels. With an emphasis on sustainability, 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 Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa since the hotel offers many activities such a scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing and more. Also another place that you must visit is Paper Moon Kudils where the property lends itslef to surfing and pure relaxation along with scrumptious cuisine. If your ideal holiday is a getaway into ultimate relaxation, then you must visit these hotels.

Paper Moon Kudils is a hotel in Arugam Bay
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Hotels, Resorts

Paper Moon Kudils

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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. Paper Moon Kudils does not refer to itself as a hotel but a way of life. There are 20 kudils, each can accommodate up to three people. The kudils are large and spacious with a verandah and attached bathroom. Bed tea is provided but for any other requirement you have to take a walk to the restaurant, which is just a step away. There is a very homely atmosphere where the staff are ready to help you with anything. 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. The one of a kind chill-out lounge – Kadal (Tamil for sea) – is the best place to laze away your time reading a book, napping or just relaxing

Hotels, Spa hotels

Maalu Maalu Resorts & Spa

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A stretch of inviting bungalows along the fine sandy beaches of Passekudah, the Maalu Maalu Resorts & Spas is indeed a sight for sore eyes! Wooden exteriors, tall thatched roofs and balconies overlooking the bright sparkling sea, the resort exudes vibrance and serenity. For dining choose between The White Sands, Karadiya and Habala & Ruwala, where they serve a variety of seafood specialties, local cuisine and intercontinental dishes, and indulge in the good food and relaxing view.   The stunning outdoor pool stretches out into the horizon, creating a vision of blue with the sky and the ocean ahead.  Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa is ridden with adventure and thrilling activities. Engage in exciting ventures such as scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and banana boat rides.


Laya Waves

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With Cabana style quarters lined overlooking the beaches of Kalkudah, Laya Waves is an exclusive project by the Sri Lanka Army; their fourth venture, in addition to the already existing Laya Beach, Laya Safari and Laya Leisure. Now open to public, the resort features eight rooms including luxurious suites, deluxe rooms, restaurant and bar and a state-of-the-art Spa offering ayurvedic and herbal treatments. Laya Waves is an ideal spot for a peaceful and quiet holiday, whether its a family vacation or a romantic getaway with your special one. There are plenty of interesting places to visit close by, and you can request for tours or partake in water sports and outdoor activities. 

Hotels, Resorts

Pigeon Island Beach Resort

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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.

Nandawanam Guest House is a guest house in Kalhudah
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Hotels, Guest houses

Nandawanam Guest House

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A mere five minutes away from the Pasekudah Beach, the Nandawanam Guest House is set amidst a luscious green backdrop of flora and fauna. Easy on the eyes, the green exteriors and white washed rooms create a serene ambiance at the guest house.  An impressive spread of emerald presents itself in the gardens, among garden benches, potted plants and outdoor table arrangements. The guest house also offers a coffee shop, a restaurant, family room, laundry and room service, lounge area, game room and organises outdoor activities and excursions.

Victoria Guest House is a guest house in Kalkudah
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Hotels, Guest houses

Victoria Guest House

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At a glance, what seems to be a colourful, traditional Sri Lankan house is in fact, a vibrant guest house located just a few minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Kalkudah.  A great place to relax and explore the Sri Lankan way of life, Victoria Guest House offers a variety of home-cooked, hot out of the stove meals with the choice given between delicious authentic Sri Lankan dishes such as the all time favourites; string hoppers, rotti, rice and curry among others. The host also prepares chinese dishes, seafood specialties and plenty of irresistible desserts, all flavoured according to the guests’ liking.  Mostly recognised for their unforgettable hospitality and great service, this is a popular accommodation choice for many visitors and families.

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