Kalmunai, though not a district capital, is the largest town along Sri Lanka’s East Coast. Despite its long beaches, it has not yet become a major beach holiday destination. Bathing here is dangerous due to underwater currents. Kalmunai is Sri Lanka’s only town with mora than 100.000 inhabitants that is a Muslim-majority municipality. The Muslims who originally settles at the west coast of the island, were resetlled here within the territory of the Kandy kingdom, after they had been expelled by European colonial invaders.
Puttalam is a predominantly Muslim town in the at Sri Lanka’s northwestern town. Puttalam is not a major tourist destination and not worth a longer stay when you are a first time traveller and like to see as many beautiful places within your holidays as possible. Better cut the inconspicuous Puttalam from the shortlist in this case. Kalpitiya Peninsula at the other side of the Puttalam Lagoon is more inviting with its long sandy beaches or kitesfurfing activities or dolphin watching tour. Nochchiyagama to the northeast of Puttalam is a better starting point for safaris in Wilpattu National Park than Puttalam. Puttalam in itself is interesting only for ethnologists or others wholike to meet people most of all. Thhe town and its hinterland are inhabited by variuous ethnic minorities.
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Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka