East Coast

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Crys­tal clear wa­ters and pow­der beaches – shame about the rash of mod­ern de­vel­op­ment. Roads are slow, those in a rush should fly (see V. Use­ful). Surfy Arugam Bay (see Galle Ac­tiv­i­ties/ Surf­ing) draws the clos­est to crowds es­pe­cially dur­ing Aproct (it’s mon­soon the rest of the year). More wicked waves break just north at Pot­tuvil Point, which also lures wild nel­lies, crocs and a bevy of birds to its pris­tine la­goon – stay at Hide­away Re­sort / Pot­tuvil / 077 459 6670 / hide­awa­yarugam­bay. com. To the far north, around Trin­co­ma­lee, the best beds are at Jun­gle Beach / 026 567 1000 / ugaescapes.com. Dine on grilled jumbo prawns at Nilaveli Beach Ho­tel / 011 242 2518, while good espresso and pasta can be found at Palm Beach Re­sort / 12 Alles Gar­den / Nilaveli Rd / 026 222 1250 / din­ner Feb-sep. Gowhale­watch­in­gre­spon­si­bly­orsnorkeloff­pi­geon­is­land un­der the wise guid­ance of Daya / Na­ture Odyssey Travel / 011 230 6421, or go deeper into the blue at Po­sei­don Div­ing School / 4 Ir­rakkakandi / Nilaveli / 071 706 9442 / Apr-oct / div­ingsri­lanka.com.

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