The east coast was once the hub of sea trade, before being
overtaken by both Colombo and Galle, and suffering at the hands of
civil war. Today, fishing villages dot the coastline, between
stretches of pristine sand, rocky inlets and mazes of lagoons.
The vibrant town of Trincomalee is the hub of the east coast,
and is home to colourful Hindu temples, colonial architecture and
stunning coastal scenery, and what with upgraded road and rail
links, it is becoming ever more accessible. The east is also
emerging as the number two whale watching spot, behind Mirissa,
with sightings of both Blue and Sperm whales in March, April,
August and September.