North East Coast

The North east coast beaches present themselves as a wonderful contrast to the more tourist-frequented west and south coast destinations. The simple beauty of the white sands and calm ocean during the "season" is what this destination has on offer for those who are looking for Sri Lanka beach holidays.Remember that the "season" on the north east coast is the opposite of the south & west coasts of the island – it's from May to September. The adjacent beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuveli north of Trincomalee, together 6km in length, are the most favoured by visitors to the region. Nilaveli, especially, has one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka - the expansive stretches of the island's typical soft white sand are an ideal location for swimming and sunbathing. The boat excursion to nearby Pigeon Island – so-called because it is home to the rare Blue Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - which is good for diving and snorkelling is an exciting and fun filled experience. Trincomalee, or "Trinco" the popular shortened form, has a history extending well beyond its Portuguese, Dutch, British and even French occupations. In ancient times Trincomalee was known as Gokanna and its harbour was recognized very early on as a significant one by the kings of that period. A part from this natural harbour Fort Frederick, Swami Rock, the Tirukoneswaram Kovil, an ancient Hindu temples are major highlights for visitors.