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East Coast

Sri Lanka’s east coast is a mirror image of its west. When it’s monsoon season in the west, the sun is shining in the east; where the west coast is predominantly Sinhalese, the east is largely Tamil Muslim; where parts of the west coast are crowded with tourists almost buried under a surfeit of hotels, the east remains largely untouched tourist-free – for the time being, at any rate.Much of the east’s beautifully pristine coastal scenery derives, ironically, from its often tragic wartime past, during which the region splintered ina fluid patchwork of territories controlled variously government LTTE forces. Two decades of fighting took a devastating toll on the region’s already struggling economy: villages were abandoned, commerce collapsed the coast’s few hotels were simply blown up allowed fall inthe sea. Meaningful reconstruction economic development became possible only after the LTTE were finally driven out of the area in 2007, although the lingering effects of war can still be seen in places, the east’s fortunes appear finally be turning, with ambitious plans tap inthe coast’s massive tourist potential, exemplified the extraordinary glut of new resorts under construction around the formerly war-torn deserted Passekudah Bay. Much of the region’s population is concentrated in the long string of mainly Tamil Muslim towns villages that line the coast, backed fine sandy beaches labyrinthine lagoons; the vast swathes of predominantly Sinhalese country inl– whose arid climate has always discouraged settled agriculture – remain sparsely populated largely undeveloped. Capital of the east is the vibrant town of Trincomalee, with its appealing blend of faded colonial charm, colourful Hindu temples beautiful coastal scenery. Few tourists venture this way, however, except press onthe extremely low-key beachside villages of Uppuveli Nilaveli, just up the coast. South from here, the formerly unspoilt beaches at Passekudah Kalkudah are currently in the throes of major tourist development, while continuing south brings you the personable town of Batticaloa, strung out around its enormous lagoon. Further south, the laid-back surfing hotspot of Arugam Bay is currently the only place in the east see significant numbers of foreign visitors also makes a convenient starting point for trips the national parks of Lahugala Yala East, the remote forest hermitage at Kudimbigala.
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