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       Trincomalee Visit
       Batticaloa Visit
       Ampara Visit
  Vision   Mission
Eastern Province is most preferred destination for leisure and pleasure.
Providing tourism related infrastructure emphasizing public and private partnerships to attract domestic and international tourists seeking historical, cultural, scenic and religious admiration of the Eastern Province whilst improving business opportunities for the community.
 
Thrust Area - 1   :   Developing tourism related infrastructure.
 
Goals
 
  
Improved infrastructure for tourism development.
 
  
Improved and beautified tourism locations
 
  
Developed tourism information system
 
Thrust Area - 2   :  Enhancing business opportunities
 
Goals
 
  
Promoted marketable products and services.
 
  
Strengthened small business communities .
Thrust Area - 3   :   Tourism manpower development.
 
Goals
  
Created new employments in tourism industry.
 
  
Capacity of human resource in the tourism industry enhanced.
Thrust Area - 4   :   Institutional capacity development.
 
Goals
  
Established institutions for man power development and coordination.
  
Trained and skilled managerial and professional staff.
 
  
Efficient and effective system for coordination and promotion of tourism activities.
Thrust Area - 5   :  Good Governance.
 
Goals
  
Monitored and evaluated performance of the programmes.
 
  
Compliance and implementation general guidelines and tourism specific regulations.
Tourism in Eastern Province

The Eastern Province is endowed with a wide variety of attractions for both foreign and domestic tourists and they can be classified into three broad categories, namely natural attractions, socio-cultural attractions and man-made attractions. The most striking attraction of the province, of course, is its long stretches of wide sandy beaches with bluish warm waters. In general, the beaches in the Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts have good swimming conditions with added attractions of the opportunities they offer for whale watching (blue and sperm whale) and for diving while the beaches in the Ampara district have high rising waves which are deal for surfing and sailing.

Further, the water bodies in the province in the form of rivers and reservoirs cover 635 sq.km.of the land area (6.4 percent) and the forest cover takes up 3,030 sq.km (30.3 percent) of the total land area. In addition, there are several wild life sanctuaries, aviaries and nature reserves in and bordering the province. All these natural attractions provide ample opportunities for development of nature and eco based tourism.

The eastern province also the home for three main ethnic communities in the country Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese, practicing four major religions islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Consequently, it has a large number of places of religious worship in the form of Mosques, Kovils, Temples and Churches. Some of these religious places have long history and traditions with regular religious rituals and festivals which can be interesting to both foreign and domestic tourists. The two Dutch forts in Trincomalee and Batticaloa are the principal man-made attractions in the province.



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