Located around 6 ½ hours North East from Colombo, Uppuveli is a small coastal resort town, shrouded in golden sandy shores, turquoise blue waters and laid back vibes. A neighbour to the equally famous town of Nilaveli, Uppuveli has a historical track record of being a popular destination in Trincomalee for backpackers and casual travellers from both, local and international shores to just soak in some tropical sun and relax.

Top Reason to Visit

Uppuveli town may have just one reason to visit, but it is sought by many who travel across the island of Sri Lanka. The reason; its picturesque beach that is lined with coconut palm trees, calm waters and swanky resorts, making it an idyllic holiday destination, if they are looking to hang out, take it slow and bask in the serenity of the tropics.

While You’re There

Take it slow:

Although a resort town, Uppuveli’s local society mainly comprises of fisher folk that makes it the mellow town it is known to be. Possessing some of the more serene beaches in the whole island paradise and coupled with the number of resorts and hotels in the area, the beaches have become a major destination for travellers both, local and foreign to just relax and chill. Should you be looking to partake in some scuba diving and venture into deeper waters, you could do so during the season that generally lasts from April to October.

History and religion beckon:

A feature that is often overlooked by travellers is the historical significance that surrounds the serene coastal town. Flanked on one side by the historical port city of Trincomalee (sometimes known as Gokanna), history is just a hop, step and jump away. Moreover, the town of Uppuveli is also home to the Commonwealth War Cemetery that possesses a number of graves belonging to fallen heroes that served the British Empire, during the Second World War. What makes it even more enticing is the culture that still lingers, even though a tourist resort town.

Well displayed by the Salli Muthumariamman Kovil, it is a symbol of the town’s strong connection to the religion of Hinduism, making it quite an intriguing site to witness, especially during the time of Hindu festivals.

Insider Advice

Travel: Getting about in Uppuveli is not difficult, as there are a number of transportation modes such as, hiring of a bicycle or scooter, busses or tuk-tuks. If you are looking for a more hands on experience, you could also opt to travel on foot, as it is a safe place to walk about. Please do research on the distance of the destination and agree on the price with the driver before you hop in a tuk-tuk.

Weather: The coastal town in Trincomalee experiences a typical tropical climate with an average temperature of 28°C, along with quite a high humidity. The temperatures and humidity, however, often decrease during the latter stages of the year, along with an increase in precipitation.

Money: Credit and debit cards are only useful in the supermarkets, hotels and restaurants, however, it is quite worthless in the little convenience stores. Therefore, it is important that you carry cash in hand with small notes like LKR 20s, LKR 50s and LKR 100s.

Clothing: Light, comfortable clothing is the recommended way to traverse through the streets of the town. Beachwear is permitted, should you be looking to take a dip in the azure waters or relax under the tropical sun. It is also important to dress according to Hindu religious tradition, when visiting the Salli Muthumariamman Kovil.

Safety: Uppuveli is an easy going, tourist friendly town. It is still important to keep a watchful eye on your personal belongings when travelling about town.

Meals and refreshments: There are quite a number of eateries and cafes scattered across the Uppuveli beach and in Sarvodya Road. You could also opt for your accommodation provider to cover this for you.

Uppuveli, is an idyllic beach side resort town to relax and enjoy life at one’s own pace.

Title image by: Kimaya Wickrama-Adittiya
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