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 in which you can wade 50m out to sea. It is a virgin beach and renowned throughout the country for its beauty.
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 Hindu temples and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world – this is why you can walk kilometers into the sea because the water is only a few inches deep and the current relatively weak compared to the rest of Sri Lanka’s coasts!
An Insider's Perspective
Elodie starts sailing when she was five years old. She has been a sail instructor for about six years in many places, and is currently focused on studies to get her Bachelor of Business, specialized in Yachting. She has passionately sailed mostly in all Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic (crossings) and Australian seas. Julien starts sailing as a teenager and quickly, it became an addiction. He developed a natural gift for sailing and after he obtained his sailing instructor diploma, he was in charge of training sailing teams for regattas and teaching in public sailing schools in Europe. As husband and wife, they became partners in business to create in collaboration with ‘Building a Future Foundation’, the first concept of day-charter sailing catamaran in Sri Lanka.
What is it about Passikudah that you both love?
The flat, clear blue seas! No traffic, no pollution, no stress. It's all about wild but soft nature, and the colors of the sky are amazing at any time of the day!
What is your favorite activity at sea?
At sea, we love adjusting the sails, feeling the boat running free and happy, watching the unspoiled horizon and letting our minds escape to plenty of adventures! The imagination is limitless when you're in front of such an immense sea!
Jump from the bow when the boat is moored in a nice cove and enjoy the warm sea. A camera is a must, but we advise you to forget your phone – no need for that at sea!
Take the helm of Topaz, 48ft catamaran, and feel a perfect mix of sensitivity and power. An experience whose you'll remember for long time.
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Miguel Cunat is a Partner of Sri Lanka In Style founded in 2005 to provide visitors with insightful, engaging experiences in his adopted homeland. Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as Sri Lanka’s Top Travel Specialist, and recently featured on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List.