The pristine eastern coast of Sri Lanka and the charming hill town of Kandy are perfect for a long weekend getaway
WELCOME TO PASIKUDAH
Six hours later, as we approach Pasikudah, we notice the store and street signs change from Sinhalese to Tamil, and I see posters of Tamil cinema pasted on walls. This part of the eastern coast is the Tamil-speaking part of the country. As I drive through Pasikudah — I spot the sea in the distance — I notice a wave of gentrification in recent times. Signboards directing tourists towards the luxury hotels that line the palm-fringed coast of the sleepy town. I interact with my driver, Ahmed, a local, who tells me that this region has opened up to tourism no more than ten years ago. When the civil war ended in 2009, Pasikudah was finally accessible to tourists, and luxury hotels started popping up — a new destination emerged.
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