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Maalu Maalu Resort At Pasikudah

The East Coast - Pasikudah

Maalu Maalu Resort At Pasikudah

The East Coast - Pasikudah

Overview

During the Summer Season from May – September, the East Coast Beaches of Sri Lanka can justifiably lay claim to being some of the best in the entire world.

 

Pasikudah Bay is a 2km long wide stretch of beach well protected by a shallow off shore reef. Kalkudah beach is wide and long and spreads along for 4km long just south of Pasikudah. The beach also houses a varied number of tropical fishes and exotic coral reefs. The combined beaches of Pasikudah and Kalkudah and are ideal for sea bathing from May - September as the sea is clear, calm and reef-protected.

 

Quality Of The Beach

Pasikudah has a beautiful curved bay with extremely shallow water. Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. It is possible for people walk at least half a kilometer into the sea at certain points because the water is only a few inches deep and the current is relatively weak compared to the rest of Sri Lanka's coastline.

 

Watersports, Diving And Snorkelling

Pasikudah Bay contains a shallow fringing coral reef towards the outer bay with scattered coral communities within the bay, and is connected to similar reef systems further south towards Kalkudah. It is one of the best-known reef systems in the island and has been proposed as a Marine Sanctuary.

 

Pasikudah is very popular among visitors in view of the calm clear waters with coral reef, yet coral mining is a major threat to the reef and has degraded large areas of reef around Kalkuda beach.

 

Best Time To Go

Summer Season: May – October

During the Summer Season, Pasikudah is fabulous. The sea is calm, the weather is fine and watersports are possible.

 

Winter Season: November - April

The sea tends to be slightly rough and the hotels experience low occupancy. A good choice if you want to get away from it all on a deserted beach.

 

Getting To The Airport

You need to think about a stopover night at Negombo near the Airport prior to your departure as it’s a long journey back to Colombo from Pasikudah (4 or 5 hours), unless you leave very early morning by vehicle to catch your return flight.

 

If you have the budget, there are scheduled Seaplane Transfers from Batticaloa Airport to Colombo Airport by Cinnamon Air.

www.cinnamonair.com

If you really have a large wallet you can hire a helicopter for a return transfer.

www.simplifly.com

www.helitours.lk

Top Tips For A Beach Stay At Pasikudah

Pronounciation: Paasi-Kudah

1. Pasikudah now has quite a ‘resort’ like atmosphere as a great number of somewhat exclusive beach hotels have sprung up in recent years. This is in comparison to Nilaveli which does not quite have the number of hotels to call itself a ‘resort’.

2. Many of the beach hotels at Pasikudah are quite up-market, boutique type properties such as Maalu Maalu, Anilana Pasikuda and Uga Bay. The largest beach hotel at Pasikudah is the lovely 5 star Centara Pasikuda Resort And Spa, with 125 rooms.

3. The East Coast has a feel that is very different from the rest of the island. The population is predominantly Tamil and the palmyra palm replaces the coconut. The landscape is arid and very dry, giving a somewhat ‘Arabic’ character to the countryside.

4. The deserted, palm fringed beach at Kalkudah is a marvellous continuation of the Pasikudah Bay towards the town of Batticaloa. Kalkudah remains mercifully unchanged, so far at least, with a superb sweep of powder-fine golden sand – blissfully deserted and unspoilt.

Note: If researching on the internet, the resort is variously spelt as Pasikudah, Passikudah, Pasikuda, Passekudah, etc

 

Local Excursions

• Batticaloa is a rather sleepy town surrounded by a huge picturesque lagoon that enters the sea nearby. If you would like to experience the day-to-day local life and culture of the largely Tamil population of the East Coast of Sri Lanka, then this is good place to start.

• If you hire a vehicle for day and with an early start you can head south to the legendary surfing paradise of Arugam Bay – one of the finest places on earth for surfing, with a young, backpacker crowd who frequent bars and restaurants like the rather cheekily named ‘Arugam Bay Hilton’ and ‘Tusnami Hotel’.

• Trincomalee about an hour to the north through wild country is one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems. The natural harbour at Trincomalee is second only in size to Sydney Harbour in Australia and was a great naval asset of the British Empire. Fort Frederick oozes with maritime history. Herds of deer graze around Wellesley House where the Duke Of Wellington once stayed and recuperated. The whole fort has a great ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ feel!

• The Swami Rock Temple is located on a headland at the far end of the Trincomalee Fort. The temple origins are lost in the mists of time. It is a very sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus from all over Asia. From the top of the rock you can observe exquisite views of the natural harbour and the sea that lies down a sheer cliff 300 feet below. Highly recommended.

• Whale Watching at Trincomalee Harbour is possible from May to September. The Sri Lanka Navy has a fast passenger boat called The Princess Of Lanka that ventures into the deep seas of Trincomalee during the Summer Season (Saturdays and Sundays only).

RECOMMENDED HOTELS

  • Amethyst Resort

    Amethyst Resort

    A 3 star beach resort on one of the prime locations of Pasikudah Bay, sandwiched between the lagoon and the sea. The design is slightly uninspiring for such a fabulous spot but the hotel does its job in providing efficient service at affordable rates.

    http://www.amethystpassikudah.com/passikudah.php
  • Amaya Beach

    Amaya Beach

    The largest beach resort hotel on the East Coast is an excellent option for those who like resort type facilities such as a choice of restaurants and a large pool. The shallow stretches of water at Pasikuda Bay are just a few steps away from the resort. A good option for families.

    http://www.amayabeach.com
  • Maalu Maalu

    Maalu Maalu

    The best known up-market beach hotel at Pasikudah features luxurious palm-thatched cottages with balconies looking out over the Indian Ocean. Large infinity swimming pool. Fabulous food and attentive staff makes a stay here a great experience.

    http://www.maalumaalu.com
  • Uga Bay

    Uga Bay

    A highly luxurious small resort hotel with huge rooms and a unique semi-circular design for maximum sea views. Unlike some other beach hotels at Pasikudah, Uga Bay is situated right in front of the section of the beach that is best for swimming sea with no strong currents.

    http://www.ugaescapes.com/ugabay/
  • Anilana Pasikuda

    Anilana Pasikuda

    Set away from the main resort area, the Anilana Pasikuda is enhanced by the excellence of its hotel design. Rooms are extremely spacious and immaculately furnished. The private beach in front is made of coral so it's a 15 minute walk to the public beach for water sports etc.

    http://anilana.com/pasikuda/
  • Sun Aqua Pasikudah

    Sun Aqua Pasikudah

    Maldivian luxury comes to Sri Lanka with the brand's new all-suite resort at Kalkudah, on the other side of Pasikudah Bay. The rooms are huge, as are the bathrooms, with superior suites featuring private pools and all having beautiful Indian Ocean views.

    http://www.sunaqua.com/
 

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