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Introducing Nilaveli

When Singapore fell to the Japanese during WWII, the British Indian Ocean Fleet retreated to Trincomalee, setting up a massive communications base at Nilaveli. Today there’s little left to see, but war hounds can sniff out the stubs of once-huge pylon supports and an engine room (Navy Rd) whose squat, humidity-blackened concrete shell is hidden behind a local house and filled with bats. Fernando at H&U guesthouse can show you where it is. Of vastly more interest is the beach, which stretches several kilometres on either side.