Nilaveli, is a coastal resort town and suburb of the Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka located 16 km northwest of the city of Trincomalee. A historically popular Tamil village and tourist destination of the district alongside the nearby Uppuveli, the numbers of visitors declined following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War, but have risen again since 2010.
Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks of the region is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, its many species of vegetation, coral and reef fish contributing to Nilaveli’s rich biodiversity. Wikipedia
The Story of Nilavli
Until 1983, the Uppuveli and Nilaveli were up and coming coastal resorts, popular with both Sri Lankans and foreign tourists for their big huge golden beaches, sparkling seas and rich marine life.
Then civil war struck Sri Lanka with a ferocity that lasted for more than 25 years. As a Tamil area of the island, and next to the important strategic harbour of Trincomalee, Nivaveli and Uppuveli both became pretty much off limits to tourism during this time, and what did remain of the industry was swept into the sea by the tsunami in 2004.
What does that mean for Uppuveli and Nilaveli now?
Well, when the civil war ended in 2009, travellers started to rediscover Sri Lanka as a tropical paradise again, rather than a beautiful and exciting war zone. And the formerly turbulent north and eastern territories were once more opened up for exploration. With Trincomalee being one of only two towns on the east coast with a train station, Nivaveli and Uppuveli were some of the first resorts in the war-battered region to welcome the flabby march of tourism.
Right now, these beaches are currently enjoying what I like to call their ‘golden era’. Striking that perfect balance between kipping under a bunch of palm leaves like Robinson Crusoe, and being cajoled away from the all-inclusive burger bar for Tuesday afternoon water polo with the Sunshine Club. There’s just enough development so that you have a couple of places to sleep, eat and buy fresh water, but not so much that you struggle to find a good sunbathing spot.
Just 10 miles up the coast, Nilaveli is a little further from Trincomalee, and therefore a little behind in the development stakes. The beach is bigger, cleaner, and arguably nicer, so it’s only a matter of time until it catches up. But for now it is a little slice of heaven. When we visited we walked the whole length of the beach and saw only 6 other tourists.
The only other people enjoying the surf here were half a dozen young Sri Lankan soldiers throwing a ball around. As a hangover from the war, there still seems to be a small military presence in the area, albeit not an intimidating one. These were just kids from the countryside who’s hobbies include talking about cricket, asking you about cricket, and endlessly listing you names of cricketers while you nod along and pretend to know who they are.
Highlights on Nilaveli
- Bigger, cleaner beach
- Clearer seas
- Less tourists, you have almost the entire beach to yourself
- Closer and cheaper to get to Pigeon Island
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