Passikudah, Eastern Sri Lanka
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Located on Sri Lanka's eastern shore, Passikudah famously has one of the most extended stretches of shallow coastline in the world. Visitors can walk for miles into the ankle deep water and enjoy beautiful panoramic views.

When to go

Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate where the temperatures and humidity remain high all year round. Although, on the coast, a light coastal breeze makes this heat comfortable and similarly, inland, the heat is significantly reduced due to the higher altitude. Rainfall is highest in May, and through October and November, which means June, July and August are some of the best months to visit.

Top Attractions

While in Passikudah, you must visit the Coconut Cultural Park, the plant most associated with Sri Lanka. You can walk under the coconut palms and learn about its many different uses.

The Kayankerni Reef is around 40 minutes from Passikudah and is home to many different species of coral and tropical fish including angelfish and butterflyfish. The shallow waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Head inland for a tour of Polonnaruwa; a UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient city. For a full day of history, Batticaloa is full of historical and cultural landmarks for visitors to check out. It is also home to three lagoons; the Vakari, Batticaloa and Valaichchenai.

The tourism development authority have been developing the architecture in Passikudah, so walking around and seeing the old and new architecture is a must do!


Passikudah Beach is known for its long stretch of golden sand and calm turquoise waters. It is home to a long stretch of shallow coastline, which is perfect for inexperienced swimmers and children. Lined with coconut palms, the beach also has coral reefs and tropical fish to spend hours looking at.

Kalkudah Beach is a small 2-kilometre beach and is mainly deserted, apart from a few fishermen and their boats.


Culture and religion are essential to Sri Lankans, and there are many places of worship to visit outside of Passikudah:

  • Tiruchendur Murugan Alayam Temple
  • St Sebastian’s Church
  • Auliya Mosque

The best way to experience Sri Lankan food is to take a cookery class and there are many different ones to try your hand at traditional meals.

If you’d rather not cook while on holiday (we wouldn’t blame you!) check out Captain Seafood for fresh seafood and fish with homemade cocktails. For light bites and picturesque views, head to the Amethyst Beach Bar.


Nightlife in Passikudah is generally limited to the hotel bars and restaurants as it is still seen as a small fishing village.

Adventure and Sports

After spending time relaxing by the hotel pool or on the beach, try out something more adventurous like:

  • Safaris
  • Treks through nature reserves to see elephants and other wildlife
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Whale/dolphin watching
Getting Around

Regarding getting to Passikudah, trains from Colombo and other areas are all available. As throughout the rest of Sri Lanka, tuk-tuks and rickshaws are available to jump in and quickly get around the town. Otherwise, walking around Passikudah is the best way to get around as it is a small resort town.

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