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Nilaveli Tourism

Nilaveli seaside town is 16 km from Trincomalee District in Eastern Sri Lanka. The town boasts of beautiful waters that are ideal for water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving. The Nilaveli beach road doubles as a boulevard lined up with palm trees called the Nilaveli Beach Road. The seas here are lukewarm as the sun shines to its fullest over Nilaveli.

The shallow waters by the shore give a dose of adrenaline as you swim in them. There are hotels and resorts scattered across that are stunningly designed to provide you with the comforts of a luxury stay right across the bay!

Pigeon Island and its national park are a famous attraction in Nilaveli. It is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka and has a variety of gorgeous corals. Another sight of religious importance is the Velgam Vehera, a Buddhist temple (also known as Natanar Kovil by the Hindus) and the Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil. These temples are of archaeological importance and have sacred feasts associated with them. The blissful town of Nilaveli provides beautiful greenery, and the warm sea breeze never ceases to welcome people.

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1. Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Park is near the Nilaveli Beach in Sri Lanka. This National Park is amongst the 17 national parks in the country, but amongst the only two marine national parks in the entire re (Read More)gion. This area is protected due to the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, which caused a lot of damage to the marine and coral life. This national park is also known to have the best coral reefs in the entire country! The rocky island is also home to rock pigeons, based on which the national park gets its name.

2. Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach
The Nilaveli Beach is approximately 1 kilometre long and is surrounded by lush, green vegetation on both sides. Onlooking the beach from a little far away is Pigeon Island, which is a famous spot for (Read More)snorkeling and diving. The reef there provides a perfect place to explore the ocean.

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Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Nilaveli

Pigeon island in Trincomalee District hosts snorkelling and scuba diving. All around year, blue rock pigeons flock together in the island and nestle there for rest, hence the name Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary. The waters away from the shore run clear and deep, making a perfect trench for Scuba diving and snorkelling. On average, snorkelling amounts to INR 3,500 per person per day including equipment.

Religions in Nilaveli

Sri Lankans are predominantly Theravada Buddhists having over 6000 monasteries throughout the country. However, they are highly secular and known for the fellow places of worship. In Nilaveli there is St. Joseph’s church, Sri Kannaki Amman Kovil and Mohideen Jummah Masjid that are all widely popular.

Food in Nilaveli

Nilaa rice and curry restaurant, Red lobster Nilaveli, King coconut café, Sana place, Vibushan restaurant are some of the locally owned eateries that specialise in Sri Lankan food. Their flavoursome palates finished with a wood apple drink will be etched in your taste buds!

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Nilaveli Beach Road
Pigeon Island in Nilaveli
Snorkeling at pigeon Island in Nilaveli

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What is the best time to visit Nilaveli?

Nilaveli is warmest in May, June and July; the temperature varies between 26°C and 36°C in the summers. Like any other coast, the nights are cold and the days are warm. November to May are the best months to visit Nilaveli. July and August see tourists from across the globe and hence would be advisable to soak a tan between January and May. The humidity will have you fending hydration for yourself intermittently, Nilaveli offer the best source of hydration – coconut water! Even in the hottest times, this coastal goodness will have you chilling in the best way possible. The vibrant sea life is a great way to get some time off. The waters have turtles, urchins, sharks and a colourful sea bed. The land lights up during festivals of all religions. Diwali, Christmas, Ramadan, Buddha Purnima and New years are celebrated in grandeur here.
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What are the places near Nilaveli?

The top places near to Nilaveli are Anuradhapura which is 96 km from Nilaveli, Sigiriya which is located 94 km from Nilaveli, Kandy which is located 167 km from Nilaveli, Nuwara eliya which is located 198 km from Nilaveli, Galle which is located 312 km from Nilaveli

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