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Beach holidays in Sri Lanka don’t get much lovelier than Passikudah. On the island’s east coast, this one-time fishing village is famous for its clear waters and enormous sandy beach, which curves gently round sheltered Passikudah Bay. The sea is so shallow here that you can easily walk for more than 50 metres out into the warm Indian Ocean. And, even when temperatures reach 32°C and above between May and September, cooling breezes keep the tropical humidity pleasantly low.  

A holiday to Passikudah allows you to combine chilled-out exploration with some beach time. The town’s boutique oceanfront hotels, like UGA Bay by Uga Escapes, are surrounded by tame-jungle gardens and have carefully designed to blend with the local landscape. Even Passikudah Beach is trimmed with swaying palm trees. Passikudah town itself might be low on bustle, but it’s great for casual strolls, and there are enough shops and restaurants to keep things interesting. When you want to catch a Sri Lankan sunrise, make for Sri Munai Murakan Kovil to the east of town. It’s well worth the early start.   

A holiday to Passikudah also gives you the perfect base for exploring Sri Lanka. The lively city of Batticaloa is just a 35-minute drive south, or you could spend a day whale-watching in Trincomalee to the north. Head inland to see vast herds of elephant at Somawathiya National Park. Or, if World Heritage wonders are on your to-do list, visit the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. Part of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, this age-old spot is only an hour’s drive west of Passikudah. 

Closer to home, you can take a guided tour of the Coconut Cultural Park for an insight into the Sri Lanka staple, which you’ll see everywhere from chilled drinks to curries. Don’t miss a day’s snorkelling around the lovely Kayankerni Reef on your Passikudah holiday. And, if you want to switch beaches, pretty Kalkudah is one of Passikudah’s nearest neighbours – it’s almost always quiet and is a great vantage point for watching all sorts of local life. 

Best time to go

Things to do

Days out

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Best time to visit Passikudah

Sri Lanka’s tranquil east coast is best known for beautiful beaches like Passikudah, and yet it’s surprisingly quiet. It’s also the coast for cooling sea breezes, which cut through tropical humidity even on the warmest days. And there are plenty of those, as temperatures here sit between 26 and 32°C throughout the year.

For the driest, brightest weather and clear blue skies, holiday in Passikudah between March and October. You can relax on the beach and go for a swim in the warm sea, where water temperatures range from 25 to 28°C. This is also the best time of year for whale-watching and dolphin-spotting, and great for safari trips in the national parks.

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It’s never chilly in Passikudah, but rainfall is highest between November and February, and you can expect occasional dramatic thunderstorms and rough seas. It’s not a great time for a beach holiday and local towns are often very quiet.

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Things to do in Passikudah

Passikudah Beach ranks as one of the loveliest in Sri Lanka, so you’re unlikely to be bored spending time here. But if you want to go wandering, there’s plenty to do away from the ocean too. 

Escape the heat and take a tour of green and shady Coconut Cultural Park in the heart of town. 

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Or, when you feel like stretching your horizons on your Passikudah holiday, head south to Batticaloa and explore. You can walk over Kallady Bridge – the longest in the country – and visit Batticaloa Fort to learn about the area’s colonial history. Don’t miss cobalt blue St. Marys, possibly the cutest cathedral you’ve ever seen. Then make a point of seeing the city’s Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar Hindu temple, an incredible gateway tower. And if you’d like to know about Sri Lanka’s ancient Arab and Muslim trading traditions, Kattankudy Heritage Museum is just the place.

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Days out in Passikudah

Each year, over 20 different species of whale and dolphin migrate along the east coast of Sri Lanka and historic Trincomalee – just north of Passikudah – is one of the country’s whale-watching capitals. Set aside a day for a boat trip to see incredible blue whales out in the ocean. Or you can climb Swami Rock to watch them from shore, simply or hang out on the beach and wait for playful dolphins to swim past in droves. 

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Another must-do on your Passikudah trip is a day safari at Somawathiya National Park, where you can have close encounters with Sri Lanka’s largest elephant population. Then discover the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa, to the west of Passikudah. It’s only about an hour’s drive, but make sure you leave as much time as possible to explore this incredible World Heritage Site. Most ruins are remarkably well preserved and the magnificent Palace of King Nishshanka Malla on the edge of Lake Bendiwewa is enough to take your breath away all by itself. 

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Activities in Passikudah

There’s nothing to stop you spending your whole holiday lazing in the sun on Passikudah Beach, interspersed with an occasional walk along the sand or a swim in the ocean. But when you want to be a little more active, you can also try watersports like windsurfing and kayaking. Shallow seas and average water temperatures of 26°C make for excellent swimming conditions. And, if you’d like a glimpse of daily Sri Lankan life, you can always head to Kalkudah Beach and watch the local fishermen. 

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Even inexperienced swimmers find it easy to enjoy Kayankerni Reef, just south of Passikudah. The nicely shallow waters are great for first-time snorkelers, and the varied coral is teeming with tropical fish. Of course, the coast here also has some spectacular dive sites. But, if you feel like staying on top of the water, you can always go on a catamaran cruise from Passikudah. 

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Best time to go

Best time to visit Passikudah

Sri Lanka’s tranquil east coast is best known for beautiful beaches like Passikudah, and yet it’s surprisingly quiet. It’s also the coast for cooling sea breezes, which cut through tropical humidity even on the warmest days. And there are plenty of those, as temperatures here sit between 26 and 32°C throughout the year.

For the driest, brightest weather and clear blue skies, holiday in Passikudah between March and October. You can relax on the beach and go for a swim in the warm sea, where water temperatures range from 25 to 28°C. This is also the best time of year for whale-watching and dolphin-spotting, and great for safari trips in the national parks.

Show More
Show Less

It’s never chilly in Passikudah, but rainfall is highest between November and February, and you can expect occasional dramatic thunderstorms and rough seas. It’s not a great time for a beach holiday and local towns are often very quiet.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Passikudah

Passikudah Beach ranks as one of the loveliest in Sri Lanka, so you’re unlikely to be bored spending time here. But if you want to go wandering, there’s plenty to do away from the ocean too. 

Escape the heat and take a tour of green and shady Coconut Cultural Park in the heart of town. 

Show More
Show Less

Or, when you feel like stretching your horizons on your Passikudah holiday, head south to Batticaloa and explore. You can walk over Kallady Bridge – the longest in the country – and visit Batticaloa Fort to learn about the area’s colonial history. Don’t miss cobalt blue St. Marys, possibly the cutest cathedral you’ve ever seen. Then make a point of seeing the city’s Anipandi Sitivigniswara Alayar Hindu temple, an incredible gateway tower. And if you’d like to know about Sri Lanka’s ancient Arab and Muslim trading traditions, Kattankudy Heritage Museum is just the place.

Show More
Show Less

Days out

Days out in Passikudah

Each year, over 20 different species of whale and dolphin migrate along the east coast of Sri Lanka and historic Trincomalee – just north of Passikudah – is one of the country’s whale-watching capitals. Set aside a day for a boat trip to see incredible blue whales out in the ocean. Or you can climb Swami Rock to watch them from shore, simply or hang out on the beach and wait for playful dolphins to swim past in droves. 

Show More
Show Less

Another must-do on your Passikudah trip is a day safari at Somawathiya National Park, where you can have close encounters with Sri Lanka’s largest elephant population. Then discover the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa, to the west of Passikudah. It’s only about an hour’s drive, but make sure you leave as much time as possible to explore this incredible World Heritage Site. Most ruins are remarkably well preserved and the magnificent Palace of King Nishshanka Malla on the edge of Lake Bendiwewa is enough to take your breath away all by itself. 

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Activities in Passikudah

There’s nothing to stop you spending your whole holiday lazing in the sun on Passikudah Beach, interspersed with an occasional walk along the sand or a swim in the ocean. But when you want to be a little more active, you can also try watersports like windsurfing and kayaking. Shallow seas and average water temperatures of 26°C make for excellent swimming conditions. And, if you’d like a glimpse of daily Sri Lankan life, you can always head to Kalkudah Beach and watch the local fishermen. 

Show More
Show Less

Even inexperienced swimmers find it easy to enjoy Kayankerni Reef, just south of Passikudah. The nicely shallow waters are great for first-time snorkelers, and the varied coral is teeming with tropical fish. Of course, the coast here also has some spectacular dive sites. But, if you feel like staying on top of the water, you can always go on a catamaran cruise from Passikudah. 

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