Uppuveli & Nilaveli

More and more travellers are discovering Uppuveli and Nilaveli.

The scene here is much mellower than those in Arugam Bay. Folks in Nilaveli will say that the water in Uppuveli is not as clear as it is in Nilaveli, but Uppuvelians will  be quick to point out the pleasure of their beach, in contrast to Nilaveli’s wide-open spaces. Either way, everyone loves Pigeon Island, a pretty island and reef 1km from Nilaveli that makes for a perfect snorkelling or diving day trip



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Uppuveli, 6km from Trincomalee, is less spread out than Nilaveli and has more budget sleeping options, though some of them are overpriced concrete boxes that host all-night parties for local hotel staff . You can dive and snorkel from here, but it’s less practical than Nilaveli.

Sights Commonwealth War Cemetery Salli MuthumariamunamKovil Activities & Tours Sri Lanka Diving Tours Getting There Irakkandy–Trincomalee buses run every 20 minutes Three-wheelers cost Rs 300 to Trinco and Rs 500 to Nilaveli.

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For years Nilaveli, with its bending palms swaying over the golden sand, has been considered one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches. It also has excellent snorkelling and diving and a great dive school.

Sights Pigeon Island National Park Poseidon Diving School Getting There Flag down any passing bus for Trincomalee . A threewheeler will cost Rs 800; Rs 500 to Uppuveli.

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