Trincomalee

As far as prime locations go, Trincomalee can pride itself as an all-rounder. The Sri Lankan city skirts one of the world’s biggest natural deep-water harbours on the island’s picturesque east coast, and its standout beach Nilaveli is widely considered one of the country’s best.

The ribbon of sun-bronzed sand unfurls north of Trincomalee harbour, with gently nodding palms and calm Indian Ocean waters basking beneath cloudless skies. It measures some four kilometres, so you can claim a footprint-free stretch to yourself.

Around a kilometre off the shore, the marine national park of Pigeon Island pulls scuba divers and snorkellers in like a magnet. Schools of iridescent tropical fish glide across some of Sri Lanka’s best coral reefs, while the island itself is a breeding ground for its namesake rock pigeons.

Back on dry land, meanwhile, the spectacular Koneswaram Temple steals the show. Dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, it’s elevated on Konesar Malai – a headland that commands widescreen views over Trincomalee. 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique Cluster chalets and private pool

Jungle Beach Resort by Uga Escapes

Trincomolee

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£1,989 pp

Jungle Beach Resort by Uga Escapes

Time Zone

GMT 5:30 hours

Flight Time

Approx.11 hours direct from London Heathrow, or varied indirect times via the Middle East. Trincomalee can be reached by a one-hour domestic flight or a seven-hour road transfer from Colombo.

Currency

LKR - Sri Lankan Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.

Language

Tamil, Sinhalese and English

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.
  • Rachel, Destination Executive

    Rachel

    Destination Executive

    Trincomalee is located on the scenic coastline of Sri Lanka's east coast. Rather than getting there by a long road transfer I recommend taking the short flight with Cinnamon Air, you not only get to make the most of your time there but you get to see the mesmerising views of the island from above. 

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