North of Trincomalee lie the villages of Uppuveli and Nilaveli that are known for their tranquil beaches. Among the island’s most popular beaches before the Civil War, Uppuveli and Nilaveli received few tourists during the hostilities. In addition, the tsunami in 2004 hit the area with great force and destroyed many homes and businesses.
Over the last few years, efforts have been made to improve the tourist infrastructure. Today the beaches are once again attracting tourists who come here to lounge on the vast stretches of while sand backed by palm trees and to swim in the clear blue ocean. Despite the continued military presence, the beaches make for a serene gateway with a number of hotels and guesthouses on offer. Several day-trip options are available from both the beaches. Besides boat tours to Pigeon Island, diving or sport fishing trips can also be easily arranged. It is also possible to go on whale- and dolphin-watching excursions in season, while lasts from March to April and August to September. more