Trincomalee – a northern Sri Lanka beach escape

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. Trincomalee 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 beachside hut that we stayed in costing 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 >>

Beach huts on Uppeveli Beach, Sri Lanka | Explore more with Spirit Quest Travel

Authentic beach side living at its best.

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.

Beach huts at Alfresco Beach Hotel, Uppeveli Beach, Sri Lanka | Find out more at Spirit Quest Travel blog

Watching the sunrise over the ocean from our hut.

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 beachside 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 round. There are guys on the beach offering trips daily.


Pigeon Island off Nevalli Beach, Trincomalee | Visit Spirit Quest Travel for Sri Lanka inspiration

Enjoy Snorkelling off Pigeon Island.

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 snorkelling at Pigeon Island where you’ll see blacktip reef sharks.

If you want to experience the best of Sri Lanka without the hassle of organising public transport then we 100% recommend Nuwan from I Drive Sri Lanka  We spent 10 days with Nuwan travelling around Sri Lanka and absolutely loved it. He’s professional, safe, super friendly and will organise anything you wish to make your dream holiday a reality. 

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