Nilaveli a long white beach and a coastal resort town located about 15 km north of Trincomalee. Since the end of the civil war in 2009 Nilaveli has seen a drastic increase in accommodation facilities and numbers of tourists. Besides Arugam Bay and Passikudah, it’s Sri Lanka’s most significant beach for holiday makers at the islands East Coast. Arugam Bay is still a backpacker destination in the first place, whereas Passikudah has recently become a resort for high-end categories of accommodations. Nilaveli ranges in between them, with lots of smaller guest houses and a choice of 2- and 3-star hotels. Until now, there is only one 4-star accommodation in the area of Trincomalee, the Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, formerly known as Chaaya Blu, is located halfway between Trincomalee town and Nilaveli, in a suburb called Uppuveli.
The small national park of Pidgeon Island is situated at the northern end of the long sandy beach of Nilaveli. Boat trips to the small island famous for its coral banks and birds can be organized from Nilaveli Beach.
By the way, the name “Nilaveli” has two different meanings in Sinhalese and Tamil, namely “blue sands” in the Sinhala language and “open land of moonshine” in Tamil.
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