The locality of Nilaveli and Trincomalee has much to offer from unique natural beauty to historic and cultural significance. The natural harbour, one of the largest and the best sheltered in the world, was the envy of past conquerors from Danes, Portuguese, Dutch, British, and French to Japanese. Fort Frederick on the East side of Trinco town was used by all the ruling colonial powers and old fortifications can still be seen today. Magnificent views and legends of ‘lovers leap’ surround Swami Rock, a sheer drop of 360 feet right into the crashing waves below, and the imposing Tirukonesvaram Kovil atop still attracts devotees to its vibrant ‘poojas’.
For nature lovers this is paradise indeed. Unique marine life and coral abound in the clear emerald waters, and the ocean is famous for dolphin and whale watching – the Blue Whale, Byrde’s Whale and the Sperm Whale being the most sighted among the 12 species found there. Diving, Snorkelling and fishing equipment and tours can be organised through our PADI centre, including local guides. Pigeon Island – the breeding site for the Blue Rock Pigeon, is but a few hundred meters off the Nilaveli beach and perfect for a day out to explore, sunbathe and enjoy a secluded picnic.