Monday, February 15, 2010

“Nilaveli Beach” Trincomalee - Sri Lanka


Nilaveli Located on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, known to the world over for its beautiful soft white sand beaches which slope gently into clear shallow seas, the vast Indian Ocean which washes on to the shores of this coastal resort holds a treasure chest of dreams just waiting to be opened. I think Nilaveli is one of the best beaches of the world. The temperature is steaming hot, but beaches are awesome.

Here you could swim around the multi-hued reef protecting the island like so many layers of ribbon cake – turquoise, ochre, salmon pink, smoky grey, sandstone and cobalt blue – and revel in an underwater world of colourful translucence, feasting your eyes on shoals of jewel-hued fish darting among the surrounding coral and rocks.

I was at the Nilaveli Beach several years back and glad to see now that it's returning to its former self. The area is now awaking. Nilaveli Beach hotel was totally refurbished now. Tsunami was torched her badly but now getting well. The Hotel is located 275 Km from Colombo, on the East coast along the pristine beach of Nilaveli and considered as one of the finest unspoilt beaches in Asia. The ideal season on the East coast is from April to October. The hotel overlooks the pigeon island now a breeding ground for migratory birds, was originally used by the British during the Second World War for target practice. Pigeon Island is also an excellent location for Game snorkelling. A popular Hindu temple perched high a top Swami Rock which divides Trincomalee's emeralds bays. The other places of interest are Fort Fredrick, remnant of Trinco's colonial history. The hotel has 31 Rooms which includes Standard AC and Deluxe rooms. The other facilities are swimming pool and Beach bar and restaurant. The hotels in the beach are all refurbished and seem to be like they have been raised up again.

In 1775 a teenage midshipman named Horatio Nelson arrived in Trincomalee aboard the HMS “Seahorse”. Later, as admiral of the British Navy, he remembered it as “the finest harbour in the world” – tribute indeed from such a man. A number of shipwrecks including the aircraft carrier HMS “Hermes” which went down during World War II into 30 fathoms of water, and its sister ship the HMS “Empire” which came to its rescue only to suffer the same fate, lie submerged beneath the waters. The HMS “Hermes” was rediscovered only in the 1970s, its hulk, teeming with marine life. The HMS “Empire” has not yet been found.

The Nilaveli Beach on the East Coast is “the other side of the island”, one that remains pristine, pure and very private even today – it is undoubtedly the best in Sri Lanka and one of the premier beaches in Asia.


1 comment:

Ricky Peterson said...

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