Passikudah is a small coastal village situated in the east of Sri Lanka about 35km from Batticaloa. It is famous for its golden bay and clear, shallow waters. Very popular among visitors due to the calm clear waters. The water is so shallow here that you can walk out into the sea for nearly a mile, or cross from one side of the bay to the other. This has made it popular with families and their young children.

Passikudah Bay contains a shallow fringing coral reef towards the outer bay with scattered coral communities within the bay. It is one of t he best-known reef systems in the east coast.

From here you can visit Batticaloa, which is home to a historic Dutch Fort and a lagoon that reportedly has singing fish in it. If you are a keen diver, then there are some excellent diving spots, including the wreck of the HMS Hermes, a WW2 British naval ship. You can also enjoy exploring the Maduru Oya National Park where you have a good chance of seeing elephants as well as the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

Things to see in the area:

• The ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the Archaeological Museum.

• There are 3 national parks in the district: Minneriya, Kaudulla and the Flood Plain. They all offer a good chance to see a lot of elephants close up.

• The 7th century Mandalagiri Vihara dagoba near Medirigiriya, about 30km north of Polonnaruwa.

• Hot water springsat Nelumwewa (Welikanda area), 30km from Polonnaruwa.