Top things to do

Top Choice Hindu Site in Trincomalee

Kandasamy Kovil

This revered temple at the summit of a rocky outcrop is one of Sri Lanka’s pancha ishwaram, five historical Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and established to protect the island from natural disaster. It houses the…
Top Choice National Park in Kumana National Park & Kumana Reserve

Kumana National Park

This 357-sq-km park, once known as Yala East, is much less frequently visited than its busy neighbour, Yala National Park. Consequently, it's a far less zoo-like experience and it never feels too crowded here, even …
Top Choice Fort in Batticaloa

Dutch Fort

This once-mighty fort is now home to administrative offices, and though large sections of the structure are crumbling, it's still an evocative sight. It was built by the Portuguese in 1628, but the Dutch took over a…
Top Choice Ruins in Yudaganawa

Yudaganawa Dagoba

Only the bottom third remains of this ruined dagoba, but the setting is evocative and your imagination can run riot with thoughts of how amazing it must have looked back in its day. It’s thought to have been an eart…
Top Choice Beach in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay Beach

This long crescent of sand never fails to draw an 'ahh' from all who see it for the first time. In season, its appeal to surfers is obvious. But through the year, it is simple a lovely place to relax. The southern h…
Top Choice Beach in Kalkudah & Passekudah Beaches

Kalkudah Beach

Kalkudah Beach is the kind of fantasy that makes you want to chuck away your return air ticket and lounge forever under the palms. Good roads run inland from the sand and it may not be long before hotels again line …
Top Choice International in Arugam Bay

Hideaway Restaurant

This classy hotel restaurant features a menu that changes daily and lots of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Staff are professional and welcoming. Many dishes feature Mediterranean and East Asian influences. Ther…
Top Choice Pizza in Arugam Bay

Seahorse Inn & Pizzeria

The rooms at this inn are a little too close to the road, but the courtyard dining area is in back. It's all open air, with tables and lounging areas. The pizza is not just the best in Arugam Bay, but among the best…
Top Choice Beach in Nilaveli

Nilaveli Beach

For years Nilaveli has been considered one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches. It certainly has that feeling of paradise-island remoteness, with plenty of bending palms swaying over the golden sand. It's about 4km long, wi…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Batticaloa

Riviera Resort

Dining here evokes memories of colonial times, as waiters fix you up with a drink (ideally a gin and tonic) on the veranda, take your order and beckon you into the dining room (or onto the terrace), then set you up …