- D. J. G. Hennessy, GREEN AISLES, 1949-

Thursday, May 10, 2012


With the dawning of peace in Sri Lanka, Pasikuda –famous for its breath-taking beaches – is in the process of developing as a prime tourist destination. The long and wide sunny beach with golden sand, lapped by the turquoise blue sea is the main attraction that lures visitors to this region.

Situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka, 300 Kms from Colombo, Pasikuda is getting a face lift with access roads, electricity and water supply schemes being renovated at a rapid pace.

The government has allocated 156 acres of land to the Pasikuda tourism zone, with 14 hotels already been approved for construction. The total investment of the hotelier’s amount to Rs 5703 million. The first hotel, the 40-room ‘Maalu Maalu Holiday Resort’ opened its doors to the public in April this year. Once all the hotels are completed, 930 rooms would be available for occupation.

In addition to the hotels, a shopping mall, an art gallery, an aquarium, an open air theatre, cycle path and a golf course are also expected to be constructed within the tourism zone. Alongside these facilities, a large car park, bus park and helipad will also be added.

Pasikuda is easily accessible from Trincomalee and Batticaloa and is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. Because the water is only a few inches deep and the current weak, people can walk many kilometers into the sea without any fear.

 Source lankahelp

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Arugam Bay

Lovely Arugam Bay (aru-gam-beh) is the east coast’s most traveller-friendly destination. It’s basically a single laid-back strip of beach accommodation, following the Panama road and backed by the Muslim village of Sinna Ulla.

From April to October it has the best surfing waves in Sri Lanka, but Arugam Bay is also a great place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy a mellow party scene. During the low season (November to April) things get very quiet, though NGO types still come for weekend getaways and the sea is better for swimming. At any time of year the surrounding region offers some superb opportunities for viewing birdlife, crocodiles and elephants.

Arguam bay is located 320 km from Colombo. Some 60km due east from Monaragala, Arugam Bay is a tiny fishing village 3km south of the small fishing village of Pottuvil (12000 inhabitants) at the remote southern end of the Eastern coast & on the edge of Yala East National Park.

To the beach
The journey to the beach here takes you across some attractive meadows teeming with wildlife.

The bay lies between two headlands & is excellent for surfing.

The wide, sweeping sandy beach in front of the village is an attraction for swimming all year-round. The beach is usually deserted, except at the southwest corner, where some fishing boats & thatch huts reveal the tiny fishing village of Ulla, just to the south of the guest house area. This is also the safest area for swimming.

'The Point' in Arugam Bay is regarded as a top world surf destination. It is a well lined up right hand point break, generating a clean peeling glassy wave that barrels a surfer a 400m ride right through to the inside. Additionally there are four or five high quality breaks within a radius of 30 minutes.

Three main point breaks of the surf The Point
Pottuvil point in the northern end of Arugam is often deserted & popular with more experienced surfers Crocodile Rock promontory 3km south of Arugam Bay is a long, deserted beach from where wild elephants can quite often be seen.

Water temperature of the surf
With a water temperature of 24-28 centigrade year-round, you don't need a wet suit.

Surf Championship
June 2004 saw Arugam Bay host the inaugural Sri Lankan Airlines 'Champion of Champions' British Professional Surf Association tour competition.
"The contest exceeded all expectations and have secured funding for the contest for the next 5 years. Our aim is to make it bigger and better next year". BPSA president David Reed
"Bay and the waves really turned on. The wave here is pretty much world class" - Arugam Bay BPSA competition winner Spencer Hargraves

Wreck Diving
There are various opportunities for wreck diving in the bay with five pre-1850 ships within 5km of each other.

The village still has an impromptu, remote, crashed-out ambience with a palm-shack feel that still reflects its origins as a low-key surfing hangout. It carries you with the "end of the road" feeling.

Crocodile Rock
The Crocodile Rock is 2km south of Arugam Point along another deserted beach to Kudakallliya. We can reach the rock by scrambling across the dunes & fording the lagoon. Its wild: eagles swoop overhead, elephants attempt to climb the rock. Look out, large mugger crocs creep in utter stealth. At the top, we will be rewarded for our efforts with magnificent views inland across the paddy fields & lagoon.

Elephant Rock
A walk to Elephant Rock, about 3km south of Arugam Bay provides an appreciation of the extent of the beautiful beaches. In the early morning or evening we will have the sight of elephants roaming nearby.

Lagoon, Bridge & Prawn catching
Pottuvil lagoon is a haven for numerous bird species. Arugam Bay's picturesque lagoon divides Ulla village from Pottuvil lagoon, north of town. The bridge is an excellent vantage point to see the sunset, & at night you can watch prawn fishermen throwing, gathering & emptying their nets.

The Pottuvil Lagoon ecotour
The Lagoon tour provides us with two hours of calm paddling & an insight into the importance of mangrove ecosystems in the area. Local fishermen takes us in their fiberglass canoes through the mangroves, stopping off at the sandbar in the ocean & then at a mangrove nursery. Lagoon is home to a wide variety of wildlife including crocodiles, monkeys, water snakes & plenty of birds. The lagoon tour was set up as part of a mangrove conservation project (Restoring the Natural Cycle) by the local Hidayapuram Fisheries Cooperative Society & the Sri Lankan NGO Sewa Lanka Foundation.

Source : mysrilankaholidays

Friday, January 20, 2012

Largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka

Trincomalee Fort Fredrick (1624-1948) As Seen From Trincomalee Town Dutch Bay Beach

The Entrance To the Fort 

Backside of the Fort Entrance

Fort Fredrick Road leading to Trincomalee Town

Road within the Fort to Koneswaram Hindu Kovil

The Army Camp of Sri Lanka Army Gajaba Regiment

Koneswaram Kovil (Hindu Temple)

Monkeys Waiting for Food from Tourist & Pilgrims 

Tourist shops and souvenir stands within Fort on the way to Koneswaram Kovil
Sweets and Food Products made primarily from Palmyra Tree

Souvenir stand selling Seashell And Shell-work Artifacts

 View of Trincomalee Town And Fishing Harbour from a hill within the Fort

A hill within the fort

The Place called Lover’s Leap

 Remains of World War II British Coastal Artillery Guns

Un-Preserved Ruins & Wilderness within the Fort

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nilaveli Beach

Pristine white sands, stretch far into the distance. The gentle waves slip softly to shore. The turquoise ocean seems endless as it blends into the clouds. Slowly, the golden sun lifts above the horizon – paradise at dawn? At Nilaveli Beach Hotel, this is just another ordinary morning. Located 275km from Colombo, on the North East Coast of Sri Lanka, Nilaveli is the ultimate getaway for those who wish for quiet bliss on a tropical heaven, far away from the cares of life. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hot Water Wells

With the end of the war, many people visiting this Kanniya Hot Water spring in their trip to Trincomalee. People believe that this hot water is good for some skin deceases and it has healing power for Arthritis and Rheumatic. You have to come in less crowded time and please note that this is a religious place. Respect others and give them also the opportunity

History of Kanniya Hot Water Wells :

According to the details provided in some information boards at the site, Kanniya Hot water spring has the history from the King Rawana era. It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sward in several spots and several fountains were started on those places. The water was hot and thats the beginning of this hot water springs.

Travelers Experience about Kanniya Hot Water Wells:

We started our journey from Trincomalee town around 5.10 in early morning. Since it was a public holiday, so we have to go early as possible, otherwise the place will be crowded. We went by the Anuradapura   road and traveled around 6-7 km. Then turned to a small road and travel around 1 km. If you are   coming by this way, you will be guided by some sign boards by the road side, where to turn exactly. We saw some peacocks by the road side, but they vanished in side the jungle quickly.

We reached the place around 5.30 am and there ware less crowded. It will cost Rs: 10/= person and ticketing counter is open from the early morning.

There are seven wells located here and all are built in a square shape. Wells are only 3-4 feet deep and you  can clearly see the bottom. It's prohibited to use soap here, but if you want there is a separate place for that, just few meters away. The temperature is considerably high but very from one spring to another. Wells are soon run out of water, when we took 10-15 buckets of water quickly. So people used to move one well to another, where the water is available. Good thing is nobody spent much time there and give chance to other people.

 There are some other building in the premises. You can see some old building destroyed by the war. Facilities needs to be improved more. I think authorities can do more, because now they get more visitors and get more revenue. There is a kovil also close by, but we didn't visited there, because we were hurried to visit our next destination, Velgum Wehera.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pearl of the Indian Ocean - Part 1


 Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is a small island in the Indian Ocean (65,000 sqkm). Despite being so small, the country has a wide range of geographic features and is rich in culture and natural beauty... 

Monday, December 5, 2011


The tiny island of Sri Lanka is known as the Pearl of the Orient, providing images of paradise you never knew possible. Rich colonial history, fascinating Buddhist culture, tea plantations, turquoise waters and beautiful sandy beaches combine for a breathtaking adventure.