1 Trincomalee

Founded around one of the world’s finest deep-water harbours, bustling Trinco boasts a lovely coastal setting, fine colonial fort and an absorbing mixture of Hindu, Muslim and Christian traditions.

2 Arugam Bay

The east coast’s most appealing beach hangout, with quirky cabanas, mangrove-fringed lagoons and world-class surfing.

3 Lahugala National Park

Small but beautiful national park, home to the east’s largest elephant population and conveniently close to Arugam Bay.

4 Kudimbigala

Remote forest hermitage, with shrines and stupas scattered amidst beautiful, rock-strewn jungle.

5 Maligawila

This remote village is home to two superb large-scale Buddha statues, hidden away in an atmospheric forest setting.

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