Sun Aqua is a villa style hotel on the Pasikudah beach. It has a great pool, good food and is quite kid friendly.
The Blue Wave Hotel in Arugam Bay
Machang is a great place to get your booze on out there on the Pasikudah strip, with large space and a single strip of concrete tables on the side that was open to the sky.
The warm reception we received on arriving at Earl's was an early indication of how good a time we were going to have there. Only a short walk away from Passikudah beach, this friendly and…
A seasonal little cafe in Pottuvil's popular strip.
Home of the best beef samosa. Gadaby is perfect for your short eat fix on the East Coast.
A weekly, eco-friendly, organic produce market in Batticaloa.
Considered the only proper dine-in experience in Batticaloa, their Indian food is pretty good.
A street-side eatery that does the best beef rottis in Batticaloa. Great for breakfast with plain tea.
The Elephant Rock is a nice, sort-of-private beach in Pasikuda, marked by a small elephant shaped rock, with plenty of shore to chill on unlike most of Pasikuda now.
Amaya is one of the big hotels on Pasikuda bay. It's huge, and though looks-wise is a little old school, is still incredibly efficient and ideal for some holiday pampering.
Here's a guide to going sailing on a yacht and snorkeling in Pasikuda, thanks to Sail Lanka - and it's surprisingly not too pricey either.
Anilana is one of Pasikuda's big beachside hotels. They've got killer ambience late in the evening, and they do a very good Jaffna crab curry.
Maalu Maalu was the first resort to be developed on the then deserted Kalkudah beach in Passikudah and it quickly became one of the go to places in the area. Its iconic thatched chalets are a…
If you're staying in Batticaloa town itself, this is the spot (as long as you don't mind basic accommodation). It's cheap, the staff are insanely nice, and the lawn and location can't be beat.
If MIA went shopping in Sri Lanka, we think Central Road in Batticaloa would be her spot. They have a raucous riot of colorful clothing for sale up and down the street.
The Batticaloa Science Museum is not a very good museum and it smells funny (probably because of the generally live sea creatures in tanks) but it's interesting in its own way.
Uga Bay is one of Passikudah's hotel giants, located on a vast property spanning a significant breadth of the town's broad and beautiful beach. It's a five star, so you can expect good food, comfy…
Just across the Kallady Bridge in Batticaloa, the Riviera serves up a good rice and curry, as well as crab and other local specialities.
If you want to get away from the more crowded Nilaveli Beach Resort and have a decent, affordable meal, Pigeon Island Beach Resort is a good spot. It had a great owner (RIP) and continues to…
On the corner of Dockyard's and St. Mary's (depending) Rizwan runs a good wade cart. He's got manioc chips, fried garlic, and those little wade balls. He's a nice guy, the food is fresh and…
Swyree is a little spot near Orr's Hill which serves a great Kottu and fried frice. East coast kottu is different and this place is worth a try.
SaBaBa's is basically the only place on Whiskey Point. It's run by Mambo's brother and is pretty chill. It's underground (no website/Facebook/etc), but if you show up they'll serve you.
Main Point is the most accessible surf spot in Arugam Bay and it has something for surfers, swimmers and loungers alike.