Destination

Passikudah Holidays

Sri Lanka's most pristine beaches

The beach stands centre stage in the Sri Lankan town of Passikudah, and rightly so. With a sweeping arc of sand dotted luxury resorts, it curves around a shallow bay that’s sheltered by a long reef, and is understandably popular with snorkellers.

That said, you don’t need any special equipment to get a glimpse of life beneath the water – it’s so clear and calm that you can walk out to around 50 metres as a kaleidoscope of tropical fish dart beneath the surface with every stride you take.

Passikudah’s supporting cast of beaches are noteworthy, too. Just next door is Kalkudah Beach, an undeveloped stretch where you’re unlikely to have any company. With this being Sri Lanka’s east coast, there are yet more palm-studded sands, shimmering lagoons, and undulating bays the further north or south you lay your towel.

Beaches aside, Passikudah is within easy day-tripping distance of Batticaloa – once capital of the Eastern Province and now home to a supersized Dutch Fort – and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Pick a path through the latter’s UNESCO-listed ruins and you’ll discover crumbling tombs, time-worn temples and inquisitive monkeys who spring from one ancient relic to the next.

Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5:30 hours
  • Currency LKR - Sri Lankan rupee
  • Visa Information British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.
  • Language Tamil, Sinhalese and English
  • Flight Time Approx.11 hours direct from London Heathrow, or varied indirect times via the Middle East.
  • Health Information No mandatory vaccinations are required. It's important to contact your GP for the latest recommendations.

Top Tips from our Experts

Melissa

Destination Specialist

Featuring some of the best beaches on the island makes Passikudah the perfect place for a post tour stay. I recommend our Classic Ceylon tour which can finish in Sigiriya, only a short distance to this coast.