About Eastern Province

Eastern Province is one of the hidden gem for Sri Lanka tourism. Most of the parts were previously inaccessible due to the war. Since the end of the war in 2009, infrastructure is still comparatively thin on the ground compared to the other parts of the country. But people are open and glad to receive guests into landscapes that are starting to breathe again.

Skills to Improve Community Based Tours & Activities

Do you want to give back to the communities you visit or help preserve the places you see? This project provides the local communities of Batticaloa and Ampara districts with required skills, business promotion and marketing linkage supports to increase their income by selling identified tourism experiences in their place to the domestic and foreign tourists for the sustainable benefit whilst conserving the nature and respecting their way of life.

Vinayagapuram Kayankerni Nasivanthivu Veddukadu Mankerni Trincomalee Batticaloa Ampara

Where to go in the East

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Set on a peninsula, Fort Frederick was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Within its grounds, the grand Koneswaram Temple stands on Swami Rock cliff, a popular vantage point for blue-whale watching.

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Batticaloa

Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. It is the administrative capital of the Batticaloa District. The city is the seat of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city.

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Ampara

Ampara is the main town of Ampara District, governed by an Urban Council. It is located in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, about 360 km from the capital city of Colombo.

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Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Set on a peninsula, Fort Frederick was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Within its grounds, the grand Koneswaram Temple stands on Swami Rock cliff, a popular vantage point for blue-whale watching.

Batticaloa

Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. It is the administrative capital of the Batticaloa District. The city is the seat of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka and is a major commercial city.

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  • Kayankerni - Corals Watching
  • Mankerni - Honey Tour
  • Nasivanthivu - Lagoon Tour
  • Veddukadu - Kafringha Dance of Batticaloa Burghers

Ampara

Ampara is the main town of Ampara District, governed by an Urban Council. It is located in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, about 360 km from the capital city of Colombo.

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  • Vinayagapuram - Koothu

Corals Watching

Kayankerni marine area is one of the very few places of Sri Lanka where most percentage of corals are found healthy. There are more than 50 species of corals, 200 species of fish and two historical ship wrecks in this marine area. Enjoy the snorkeling for beginners, walk in the beautiful shores and rest in the pristine calm beach environment here.

Lagoon Tour

Canoeing and exploring the various traditional and contemporary local fishing methods would be an exciting experience here. Tasting freshly collected oysters being in the canoe is a rare opportunity you can experience during this lagoon tour.

Kafringha Dance of Batticaloa Burghers

Batticaloa Burghers are descendants of the Portuguese, Dutch and English communities settled over the colonial period sixteenth & seventeenth centuries. Kafringha is their traditional dance and they perform it during their important functions such as weddings and other cultural events. Visit them, watch their group performances, learn about their history and taste their traditional food & home-made wine etc. while enjoying their traditional Kafringha performances.

Honey Tour

Collecting honey in the bush is still being an important livelihood for the indigenous Vedda descendants in Batticaloa. The honey tour activity provides an exceptional experience to the guests in the bush. Watch the Vedda people collecting honey from the live tree trunk honey combs and enjoy the canoeing and bushwalk experiences too.

Koothu

Koothu is an ancient art of the Tamil community. It is a form of folk dance, which is traditionally performed whole night in the rural temple festivals in an open arena. The artists are dressed up with complex heavy costumes and have a very bright elaborated makeup for this performance. A young team of performers would play a very short interesting part of it especially for you. Get to know how a centuries old art form of a village community is performed.

Sustainability and responsible travel with
real life experience

Treat local people well & find they return the favour

and let you into a bit of their life & culture

so you get a more rewarding experience & they benefit too

that's the win:win of Exceptional East

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