Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka, about 110 miles northeast of Kandy. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. Historically referred to as Gokanna, or Gokarna it has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka.
The famous beach at Nilaveli lies about 10 KM to the north of Trincomalee, the legendary maritime base with a history spanning visits by the Duke Of Wellington and Horatio Nelson to an audacious attack by Japanese Zero fighters during the Second World War.
Nilaveli is the closest that Sri Lanka gets to the Maldives. The beach is composed of fine, powdery white coral sand where you can wade out to sea at waist height for hundreds of feet in places!
Situated deep in Trincomalee, Mable beach is one of the most fascinating beaches of Sri Lanka. Sea water at marble beach is clear and calm as glass. Low depth and the calmness of water has made Marble beach one of the best beaches to swim in Sri Lanka. Marble beach is maintained by Sri Lana Army. There you can find everything you needed for a perfect vacation.
Pigeon Island National Park
Located 1Km off the cost of Nilaveli a coastal town in Trincomalee, Pigeon Island, is one of the few marine national parks in the world and surely the most attractive marine national park. Pigeon Island is also a well known birds’ sanctuary. The island is colonized by a large number of rock pigeons and hence it is called as the “Pigeon island”. A small boat ride will let you to this awesome piece of nature’s creations. The sun, sea, beach, corals, singing birds and the sea breeze will give you an experience of a life time.
The large and colourful coral reef which is 200 meters long and about 100 meters wide, contains a wide variety of corals and it is believed that there are about hundred species of coral such as Acropora spp., Montipora spp., Faviddae and Mussidae. The high degree of biodiversity in the island is enhanced by 300 species of coral reef fish whose appearance near the coral reef makes it an eye catching site. Rare fish like Blacktip reef shark can be seen around the shallow coral areas. Also this marine world is blessed with other marine animals such as sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and various types of crabs.
The calm and fresh water of the island makes it a safe destination for any diver and also this is a popular destination for snorkelers.