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'''Trincomalee''' is a city in [[North Eastern Sri Lanka]]. Trincomalee has a very nice beaches even during the summer. The city saw a lot of fighting during the war but has recently been moving beyond that is is quickly growing into a premier tourist location because of its wonderful beaches.
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[[Image:Trincomalee District A3.png|thumb|Trincomalee District]]
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'''Trincomalee''', often just called ''Trinco'', is a city in [[North Eastern Sri Lanka]]. The city saw a lot of fighting during the war but has recently been moving beyond that, quickly growing into an interesting tourist location with decent beaches and sights. Trinco is famous for its nice beaches in the nearby Uppuveli (6 km) and Nilaveli (12 km) north of the city.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The '''Bus''' Station is located directly in town across the street from the clock tower and the market. The main cities serving Trincomalee are Dambulla and Anuradhapura to the east, as well as Batticaloa to the south. There are even frequent buses from Jaffna in the north. From Dambulla or Batticaloa it costs about Rs 150-200 to get here.
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The '''Train''' station is about 1 km North of town. Even though the train is an option, the bus is probably faster due to straight and flat roads (no mountains).
  
The Bus Station is located directly in Trincomalee across the street from the clock tower and the market. The train station is about 1km North of town.
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An '''Airbase'''  is located about 7 km south west of the town . SriLankan airforce operates commercial flights from Colombo( Ratmalana )  to Trincomalee (China Bay ) there are also private seaplane operators flying colombo- Trincomalee route.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
 
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Trincomalee is a very compact town so walking is a suitable way to see the town. For longer trips tuk-tuks (i.e. three-wheeler, rickshaws) are available at nearly every corner. To go to Uppuveli (Rs 20) or Nilaveli (Rs 40) catch a bus from the bus station in town.
Trincomalee is a very compact town so walking is a suitable way to see the town. For longer trips rickshaws are available at nearly every corner.
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==See==
 
==See==
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*'''Fort Fredrick''' is an old Dutch fort located on a peninsula east of the town center. It still has a strong military presence from the war - the whole peninsula is basically a military base - but it is quite friendly and a nice place to explore. There is a nice Hindu temple atop the cliff at the end of the peninsula with spectacular views.
  
Fort Fredrick is an old Dutch fort located on a peninsula North East of the town center. It still has a strong military presence from the war but is quite friendly and a nice place to explore. There is a nice Hindu temple atop the cliff at the end of the peninsula with spectacular views.
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*'''Uppuveli''' beach is about 6 km north of the town and is a wonderful nearly pristine beach. To reach the beach take the bus north and get of at the church on the west side of the road 5-6 km north of Trincomalee (watch the km posts along the road). Directly after the church there is a side road leading directly to the beach along which there are already some hotels.
  
Uppuveli beach is about 6km north of the town and is a wonderful nearly pristine beach. Slightly farther north the same could be said about Nilaveli.
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*'''Nilaveli''', slightly farther north, is similar to ''Uppuveli'' but less crowded. There is a big military base right in the middle of Nilaveli, but the nice beaches make up for it.
  
Pigeon Island
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*'''Pigeon Island''' national park, 1 km offshore, can be reached with local tour operators (just ask your hotel or guest house) and is preferred for its white sand, rock pigeon breeding grounds and shark sights. It should be about Rs 2000-3000 for the boat, NP entrance, processing fee and VAT.
  
Marble Beach
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*'''Marble Beach'''
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*Some interesting '''Temples''' can be found in Trincomalee, one close to the bus station on Dockyard Rd before the cemetery, and one on the inner harbor side along Custom Rd parallel to Post Office Rd (Kachcheri Rd). The latter temple is famous for its giant phallus symbol.
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*'''Deer''' is a very distinct and local attraction in Trincomalee. They were brought in by the Europeans and are visible everywhere on the Fort peninsula and close to the bus station.
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*<see name="Arumbugal Foundation" alt="Arumbugal.batti.org@gmail.com" address="" directions="" phone="0773174692" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Arumbugal is an organization that employs people with disabilities. These people make handicrafts that are sold onsite and in some gift shops around Sri Lanka. Their mission is to provide a livelihood and stability for people with disabilities. It is a very enriching experience to visit the foundation and see and meet these people. Highly recommend stopping by to see. Give Mr. Krishnaa a call to arrange a time (+94) 0773174692. St. Antonys Lane, Selvanayagapuram, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka </see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
A snorkelling trip to Pigeon Island is a must. There are local boats that will take you to this island for a fee of about US$30 (return). Snorkelling is a great way to see the abundant sea life. Sadly the coral is not respected by the locals. Snorkelling should be done with great caution as some areas are very deep, up to a thousand metres in depth.
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*'''A snorkeling trip to Pigeon Island''' is an interesting way of spending time in Trincomalee. There are local boats that will take you to this island for a fee of about USD 30 (return). You can see the abundant sea life - sadly the coral is not respected much by the locals. The snorkeling should be done with great caution as some areas here are very deep, up to a thousand meters in depth.
  
There is also dolphin and whale watching available from most of the guest houses on Uppaveli beach.
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*There is also '''dolphin and whale watching''' available from most of the guest houses on Uppuveli beach.
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*<do name="Diving" alt="" address="Uppuveli, Nilaveli" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Several dive centers in Uppuveli and Nilaveli can arrange diving tours, PADI dive courses, and they also provide water sports gear. Diving season here is around Mai to October (according to the weather). Great diving around Dutch Bay, underwater walls and caves.</do>
  
==Buy==
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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Most guest houses and hotels will offer to prepare meals for you.
  
Most guesthouses will make meals for you if you talk to them.
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*There is an overpriced North Indian food restaurant at '''Green Park Beach Hotel''' to the south of the city center on the beach.
  
Aside from that there is an overpriced North Indian food restaurant at Green Park Beach Hotel to the south of the city center on the beach.
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*The '''Gem Hotel''' (3 km north of town at the Uppuveli Rd and N Coast Rd junction) and '''Gem Family Restaurant''' (less than 1 km north of ''Gem Hotel'') serve huge portions of nice and loud Khottu Rotti for about Rs 250.
 
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*<eat name="Homestay JohnAnthony" alt="" address="16 Green Road" directions="See the Sleep section for directions" phone="(+94)776952779" url="" hours="" price="Lunch/dinner for no more than Rs100-150" lat="" long="">Local food, local price, friendly family. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have cheap beer and ice creams, fresh drinks, rolls, samosas, coffee, tea, etc.</eat>
==Drink==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Nilaveli Beach Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tangerinehotels.com/nilavelibeach/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Great hotel nestled right in front of Nilaveli Beach.</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Pigeon Island Beach Resort" address="11th Milepost, Nilaveli" phone="+94 026 49 20 633" url="http://www.pigeonislandresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at USD 68.00">It offers 36 rooms (A/C and non A/C), all of which have Internet, pipe music and satellite TV facilities as further entertainment. Some of its amenities include yoga centre and spa and fitness centre for adults, and play room, reading corner, and a secure outdoor playground for children.</sleep>
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You can choose to stay out of town in some more quiet and relax places where you can really enjoy the tropical beaches; In Uppuveli and Nilaveli just walk along the beach and choose the guest house or hotel that fits you best. Shop around as the prices vary greatly.
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If you want to stay in Trincomalee itself, you'll find an increasingly large number of guest houses south of Fort Fredrick along the beach. Once again shop around as prices vary greatly.
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A few hotels and guesthouses are situated on Post Office Road and Green Road (just past the cemetery when you are coming from the bus station, 10-15 minutes walk).
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*<sleep name="Sun Flower" alt="" address="154 Post Office Rd (Kachcheri Rd), Trincomalee" directions="" phone="222 7078" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 1200-2500" lat="" long="">A good option to stay in Trincomalee, located on the inner harbor side to the west of town. (October 2014)</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Sunshine Hotel" alt="" address="Green Road, Trincomalee" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="1200" price="Rs 1200-2500+" lat="" long="">A nice and clean hotel in Trincomalee with a wide choice of rooms and prices (AC/fan), starting at 1200Rp for a single room ensuite non-AC. Free wifi. (October 2014)</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Homestay JohnAnthony" alt="" address="16 Green Road, Trincomalee" directions="From the outside it just looks like a little grocery-shop. Get inside and ask for John Anthony. It is very easy to get there from the bus station : When you exit the bus station, head left on Dockyard Road, you'll pass the hindu temple on your right, the street market on your left, then the cemetery on your right, then straight at the end of the cemetery you turn right, now you are on Green Road, just walk another 30-40 meters, you'll see the shop on the right side of the street. It takes about 10 minutes (walking) from the bus station." phone="(+94)776952779" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 700" lat="" long="">Homestay: rooms for 1 or 2 persons, 700 Rps. They also have a little restaurant, selling local food at low price, you can eat well for around 100 Rps (local price instead of "tourist price" like everywhere else in town), they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also sell drinks, ice creams, fresh and cheap beer, etc. Snorkeling gear for hire. Well situated in the center of Trincomalee, 10 minutes walk from the bus station, 300 meters from the main beach (Dutch Bay), close to the market and hindu temple. Highly recommanded if you are traveling on a budget, or simply if you want to share some time in a friendly, local familly. Free wifi. (October 2014)</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Nilaveli Beach Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tangerinehotels.com/nilavelibeach/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Great hotel nestled right in front of Nilaveli beach.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Pigeon Island Beach Resort" address="11th Milepost, Nilaveli" phone="+94 26 49 20 633" url="http://www.pigeonislandresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at USD 68">It offers 36 rooms (A/C and non A/C), all of which have Internet, pipe music and satellite TV facilities as further entertainment. Some of its amenities include yoga center and spa and fitness center for adults, and play room, reading corner, and a secure outdoor playground for children.</sleep>
  
 
*<sleep name="Chaaya Blu Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
 
*<sleep name="Chaaya Blu Resort" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
url="http://www.chaayahotels.com/chaayablu.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Fabulous resort hotel, situated just north of Trincomalee at Uppaveli village, a walk along the beach from Trinco. Great rooms on the ground floor with a simple walk out onto the beach and a great variety of food in the restaurant.</sleep>
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url="http://www.chaayahotels.com/chaayablu.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Fabulous resort hotel, situated just north of Trincomalee at Uppaveli village, a walk along the beach from Trincomalee. Great rooms on the ground floor with a simple walk out onto the beach and a great variety of food in the restaurant.</sleep>
  
There are tons of guesthouses along the beach at Uppaveli and Nilaveli. Shop around as the prices vary greatly.
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*<sleep name="The Residence" alt="The Residence Nilaveli" address="Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka" directions="just off Pulmoddai Road, Nilaveli Beach" phone="+94765404846" url="www.theresidencenilaveli.com" checkin="flexable" checkout="flexable" price="$16 to $27 per night" lat="8°41'33.8N" long="81°11'18.7E">Situated a stone’s throw away from the infamous Nilaveli Beach right in the middle of the peninsula between the ocean and the lagoon, for years Nilaveli has been considered one of Sri Lanka’s most perfect beaches. It certainly has that feeling of paradise-island remoteness, with plenty of bending palms swaying over the golden sand. Owing to Sri Lanka's volatile past, this beach and the area is relatively untouched and mostly yet undiscovered making it even more attractive to exploring travellers and those who truly wish to get away from the madding crowds for an abundant dose of relaxation, sun and mesmerising sights at every turn. </sleep>
  
There are also an increasingly large number of guesthouses to the South of Fort Fredrick on the beach. Once again shop around as prices vary greatly.
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==Cope==
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There is decent and clean internet available at the public library for Rs 40-60 per hour. The library is located on Dockyard Rd after the cemetery heading south.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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The '''Bus''' Station is located directly in town across the street from the clock tower and the market. The main cities served from here are Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Kandy to the west, as well as Batticaloa to the south. There are even frequent buses to Jaffna in the north. It costs about Rs 200 to get to Dambulla or Batticaloa and takes 4-5 hours.
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The '''Train''' station is about 1 km North of town. Even though the train is an option going east, the bus is probably faster due to straight and flat roads here.
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Latest revision as of 09:19, 22 October 2014

Trincomalee District

Trincomalee, often just called Trinco, is a city in North Eastern Sri Lanka. The city saw a lot of fighting during the war but has recently been moving beyond that, quickly growing into an interesting tourist location with decent beaches and sights. Trinco is famous for its nice beaches in the nearby Uppuveli (6 km) and Nilaveli (12 km) north of the city.

Get in[edit]

The Bus Station is located directly in town across the street from the clock tower and the market. The main cities serving Trincomalee are Dambulla and Anuradhapura to the east, as well as Batticaloa to the south. There are even frequent buses from Jaffna in the north. From Dambulla or Batticaloa it costs about Rs 150-200 to get here.

The Train station is about 1 km North of town. Even though the train is an option, the bus is probably faster due to straight and flat roads (no mountains).

An Airbase is located about 7 km south west of the town . SriLankan airforce operates commercial flights from Colombo( Ratmalana ) to Trincomalee (China Bay ) there are also private seaplane operators flying colombo- Trincomalee route.

Get around[edit]

Trincomalee is a very compact town so walking is a suitable way to see the town. For longer trips tuk-tuks (i.e. three-wheeler, rickshaws) are available at nearly every corner. To go to Uppuveli (Rs 20) or Nilaveli (Rs 40) catch a bus from the bus station in town.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fort Fredrick is an old Dutch fort located on a peninsula east of the town center. It still has a strong military presence from the war - the whole peninsula is basically a military base - but it is quite friendly and a nice place to explore. There is a nice Hindu temple atop the cliff at the end of the peninsula with spectacular views.
  • Uppuveli beach is about 6 km north of the town and is a wonderful nearly pristine beach. To reach the beach take the bus north and get of at the church on the west side of the road 5-6 km north of Trincomalee (watch the km posts along the road). Directly after the church there is a side road leading directly to the beach along which there are already some hotels.
  • Nilaveli, slightly farther north, is similar to Uppuveli but less crowded. There is a big military base right in the middle of Nilaveli, but the nice beaches make up for it.
  • Pigeon Island national park, 1 km offshore, can be reached with local tour operators (just ask your hotel or guest house) and is preferred for its white sand, rock pigeon breeding grounds and shark sights. It should be about Rs 2000-3000 for the boat, NP entrance, processing fee and VAT.
  • Marble Beach
  • Some interesting Temples can be found in Trincomalee, one close to the bus station on Dockyard Rd before the cemetery, and one on the inner harbor side along Custom Rd parallel to Post Office Rd (Kachcheri Rd). The latter temple is famous for its giant phallus symbol.
  • Deer is a very distinct and local attraction in Trincomalee. They were brought in by the Europeans and are visible everywhere on the Fort peninsula and close to the bus station.
  • Arumbugal Foundation (Arumbugal.batti.org@gmail.com), 0773174692. Arumbugal is an organization that employs people with disabilities. These people make handicrafts that are sold onsite and in some gift shops around Sri Lanka. Their mission is to provide a livelihood and stability for people with disabilities. It is a very enriching experience to visit the foundation and see and meet these people. Highly recommend stopping by to see. Give Mr. Krishnaa a call to arrange a time (+94) 0773174692. St. Antonys Lane, Selvanayagapuram, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • A snorkeling trip to Pigeon Island is an interesting way of spending time in Trincomalee. There are local boats that will take you to this island for a fee of about USD 30 (return). You can see the abundant sea life - sadly the coral is not respected much by the locals. The snorkeling should be done with great caution as some areas here are very deep, up to a thousand meters in depth.
  • There is also dolphin and whale watching available from most of the guest houses on Uppuveli beach.
  • Diving, Uppuveli, Nilaveli. Several dive centers in Uppuveli and Nilaveli can arrange diving tours, PADI dive courses, and they also provide water sports gear. Diving season here is around Mai to October (according to the weather). Great diving around Dutch Bay, underwater walls and caves.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

Most guest houses and hotels will offer to prepare meals for you.

  • There is an overpriced North Indian food restaurant at Green Park Beach Hotel to the south of the city center on the beach.
  • The Gem Hotel (3 km north of town at the Uppuveli Rd and N Coast Rd junction) and Gem Family Restaurant (less than 1 km north of Gem Hotel) serve huge portions of nice and loud Khottu Rotti for about Rs 250.
  • Homestay JohnAnthony, 16 Green Road (See the Sleep section for directions), (+94)776952779. Local food, local price, friendly family. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have cheap beer and ice creams, fresh drinks, rolls, samosas, coffee, tea, etc. Lunch/dinner for no more than Rs100-150.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

You can choose to stay out of town in some more quiet and relax places where you can really enjoy the tropical beaches; In Uppuveli and Nilaveli just walk along the beach and choose the guest house or hotel that fits you best. Shop around as the prices vary greatly.

If you want to stay in Trincomalee itself, you'll find an increasingly large number of guest houses south of Fort Fredrick along the beach. Once again shop around as prices vary greatly. A few hotels and guesthouses are situated on Post Office Road and Green Road (just past the cemetery when you are coming from the bus station, 10-15 minutes walk).

  • Sun Flower, 154 Post Office Rd (Kachcheri Rd), Trincomalee, 222 7078. A good option to stay in Trincomalee, located on the inner harbor side to the west of town. (October 2014) Rs 1200-2500.  edit
  • Sunshine Hotel, Green Road, Trincomalee. checkout: 1200. A nice and clean hotel in Trincomalee with a wide choice of rooms and prices (AC/fan), starting at 1200Rp for a single room ensuite non-AC. Free wifi. (October 2014) Rs 1200-2500+.  edit
  • Homestay JohnAnthony, 16 Green Road, Trincomalee (From the outside it just looks like a little grocery-shop. Get inside and ask for John Anthony. It is very easy to get there from the bus station : When you exit the bus station, head left on Dockyard Road, you'll pass the hindu temple on your right, the street market on your left, then the cemetery on your right, then straight at the end of the cemetery you turn right, now you are on Green Road, just walk another 30-40 meters, you'll see the shop on the right side of the street. It takes about 10 minutes (walking) from the bus station.), (+94)776952779. Homestay: rooms for 1 or 2 persons, 700 Rps. They also have a little restaurant, selling local food at low price, you can eat well for around 100 Rps (local price instead of "tourist price" like everywhere else in town), they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also sell drinks, ice creams, fresh and cheap beer, etc. Snorkeling gear for hire. Well situated in the center of Trincomalee, 10 minutes walk from the bus station, 300 meters from the main beach (Dutch Bay), close to the market and hindu temple. Highly recommanded if you are traveling on a budget, or simply if you want to share some time in a friendly, local familly. Free wifi. (October 2014) Rs 700.  edit
  • Nilaveli Beach Hotel, [1]. Great hotel nestled right in front of Nilaveli beach.  edit
  • Pigeon Island Beach Resort, 11th Milepost, Nilaveli, +94 26 49 20 633, [2]. It offers 36 rooms (A/C and non A/C), all of which have Internet, pipe music and satellite TV facilities as further entertainment. Some of its amenities include yoga center and spa and fitness center for adults, and play room, reading corner, and a secure outdoor playground for children. Best rates on official website start at USD 68.  edit
  • Chaaya Blu Resort, [3]. Fabulous resort hotel, situated just north of Trincomalee at Uppaveli village, a walk along the beach from Trincomalee. Great rooms on the ground floor with a simple walk out onto the beach and a great variety of food in the restaurant.  edit
  • The Residence (The Residence Nilaveli), Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (just off Pulmoddai Road, Nilaveli Beach), +94765404846, [4]. checkin: flexable; checkout: flexable. Situated a stone’s throw away from the infamous Nilaveli Beach right in the middle of the peninsula between the ocean and the lagoon, for years Nilaveli has been considered one of Sri Lanka’s most perfect beaches. It certainly has that feeling of paradise-island remoteness, with plenty of bending palms swaying over the golden sand. Owing to Sri Lanka's volatile past, this beach and the area is relatively untouched and mostly yet undiscovered making it even more attractive to exploring travellers and those who truly wish to get away from the madding crowds for an abundant dose of relaxation, sun and mesmerising sights at every turn. $16 to $27 per night. (8°41'33.8N,81°11'18.7E) edit

Cope[edit]

There is decent and clean internet available at the public library for Rs 40-60 per hour. The library is located on Dockyard Rd after the cemetery heading south.

Get out[edit]

The Bus Station is located directly in town across the street from the clock tower and the market. The main cities served from here are Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Kandy to the west, as well as Batticaloa to the south. There are even frequent buses to Jaffna in the north. It costs about Rs 200 to get to Dambulla or Batticaloa and takes 4-5 hours.

The Train station is about 1 km North of town. Even though the train is an option going east, the bus is probably faster due to straight and flat roads here.




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