If you’re exploring the cultural north of Sri Lanka than Trincomalee is worth adding to your trip. It’s about a 3 hour drive east of Mahintale and boasts three main beach areas Trincomalee and China Bay, Uppeveli and Nilaveli.
We spent two nights here and it was just what we needed to break up the adventure. Trimcomalee provides a welcoming retreat from the humid cultural precinct of Sri Lanka’s north. It was also refreshing to spend our days in the ocean and off the tourist site seeing loop.
We stayed at Alfresco Beach Hotel in Uppeveli. The beach side hut that we stayed in cost us 3,500 LKR without breakfast and 4,700 LKR with breakfast for two people per night. However, during the high season the accommodation rises astronomically to 15,000 LKR per night. Book your stay here and save >>
The huts are right on the beach and are a character filled way to spend your time in Uppeveli. Imagine yourself drifting to sleep to the sounds of the waves meeting the shore and waking up to the sunrise.
Although, we would advise getting the larger huts with AC as it’s extremely hot and stuffy and the fans overpower the blissful beach sounds.
Eating and Drinking
Fernando’s Bar is the happening spot for drinks but the best place for food is the Cinnamon Hotel at the end of the beach. The meals come out quick, are super delicious and reasonably priced. They also have an extensive cocktail menu for those holiday beach side feels.
What to do
Relax! This beachside village is designed for the ultimate chill. You can walk from Uppelveli along the beach to Trincomalee bay which is about 3km one way.
Dolphin and whale watching
The best time to spot whales in between March and August but you can spot dolphins all year around. There’s guys on the beach offering trips daily.
We went diving at Pigeon Island with Poseidon Dive Centre in Nilaveli. They were great to dive with and we were surprised by the vibrancy of the coral. Diving with Poseidon cost us $68 USD + 3000 LKR for the National Park fee and includes an hour of snorkeling at Pigeon Island where you’ll see black tip reef sharks.