Sri Lanka To Develop Pasikuda as Tourist Destination
Sri Lanka is looking to develop tourism in the areas that were previously affected by the civil war. More travellers are taking Sri Lanka holidays since the end of the war and the tourism board is keen to turn Pasikuda into a prime tourist destination.
Sri Lanka has become a trendy holiday destination once again, three years after the end of the civil war in 2009 and now the government and tourism officials are looking to develop the areas that were affected by the war into leading tourism zones.
Pasikuda is one of the areas that the government is keen to drive forward as a destination for Sri Lanka holidays. Situated on the east coast of the island, in the Batticaloa district, Pasikuda was a hotspot for travellers until 1983 with its stunning golden sand beaches and shallow turquoise ocean waters.
During the civil war, the area became desolate but it is now emerging as one of the leading spots for the ultimately relaxing holidays in Sri Lanka thanks to government initiatives and an investment of Rs. 650 million towards the development of the 150-acre Pasikuda Tourist Zone.
The region is already proving to be popular among foreign travellers, with tourists coming mainly from Europe after the Economic Development Ministry contributed Rs. 275 million from the above-mentioned investment amount towards the project. Private sector businesses are investing a further Rs. 6.53 billion which will go towards the construction of 14 new Sri Lanka hotels and 930 rooms.
Credit to: worldtraveller5, on Flickr
The design of the Pasikuda Tourist Zone has already been finalised by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be prepared for the resort.
As well as providing a new resort for international tourists wishing to embark on luxury holidays to Sri Lanka, the development will also create new jobs for hundreds of locals in the Eastern province.
Deputy Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said: "With the upsurge in tourist arrivals to the Zone the people around the area will get economically strengthened."
Photo provided by: worldtraveller5, on Flickr
Before the civil war broke out, Pasikuda beach had three hotels with 171 rooms. At the time plans were underway to develop a further 500 rooms in the area but the riots in 1983 put a stop to this.
A shopping mall, art gallery, aquarium, open-air theatre, cycle path and golf course are also expected to be built within the new tourism zone being curently created in Pasikuda.
Plans are also underway to develop Nilaweli, and Arugam Bay beaches which are also located along the Eastern coast.
Sri Lanka has seen a significant general increase in the number of foreign travellers arriving to the island and in 2011, 855,975 arrivals were recorded.
Talk to a specialist
Call 020 7644 1770 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.
Opening hours 09:00 - 20:00 GMT
Popular Holidays In Sri Lanka Browse all
Enjoy the peace and quiet with a good choice of amenities and a great location to discover the world of Sri Lanka
- Warm atmosphere and chic design make for a comfortable stay
- Tripadvisor Award Winner with a certificate of excellence for 2015
- Price includes free Half Board Upgrade
- Enjoy the amazing traditional and international cuisines presented in tempting a la carte menus and buffet style
Discover local life in a fishing village, explore rainforests, Temples and much more on Sri Lanka's West Coast, and enjoy great value for money
- All rooms include a balcony or terrace with either Partial Sea View or Ocean View
- Enjoy Yoga, Snooker, access to 2 Swimming Pools & much more
- Access to the Sahana Spa and leave your daily stress behind with the magical touch of various spa treatments
Visit many of Sri Lanka's key attractions before ending with a relaxing beach break
- Immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture on a visit to a native village with catamaran ride and traditional bullock cart trip
- Explore the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, home to the spectacular 'Lion Rock', a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle
- Admire all of Kandy's main sights on a tour around the area which includes a visit to the sacred 'Temple of the Tooth'
- Relax with a beach break on the sandy shores of Beruwala at the end of your Sri Lankan adventure
The land of endless natural beauty, with ancient sight and cultural treasure, you'll be sure to embark on a holiday of a lifetime
- English speaking chauffer guide during the roundtrip
- Unforgettable experience at Yala Safari
- Transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
Discover a world of peace and relaxation at the all-inclusive Mermaid Hotel Club in the gorgeous Kalutura Beach, Sri...
Sri Lanka is the land of endless natural beauty, with ancient sight and cultural treasure, you'll be sure to embark on a...
A luxurious gem of a five-star hotel, the Heritance Ahungalla is a living piece of astounding architecture that allows...
There are few better places from which to enjoy the calming effect of the Indian Ocean breeze than at Avani Kalutara in...
Escape into the arms of one of Sri Lanka's most picturesque towns and live the sun-drenched holiday of your dreams....
Take a trip to Sri Lanka and enjoy the warm hospitality at Avani Bentota. It is a resort located along the popular...