Trinco -worth going in January? + budget accommodation
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 19, 2012 4:49 AM Last Post By: randika91
Jan 15, 2012 10:49 PM
Trinco -worth going in January? + budget accommodationHi,
I was considering passing by Trinco between Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura but I'm wondering what the effect of the weather is at this time of the year: is it possible to swim or snorkel or is the sea too rough?
Can anyone who has recently been recommend budget accommodation (Rs 1200- max. 2500) ok for solo female?
Jan 16, 2012 3:24 AM
Anything can happen with the weather but in January I'd expect Trinco to see plenty of rain and sea,s not very good for snorkelling.
Jan 16, 2012 6:20 AM
2I just came back today from Uppuveli after 4 days there. Soo...
It is worth going for sure, the beach perhaps isn't as opulent as LP suggests, but still very nice. Take a bus to Trinco (road is a bit rough last 50km), then a bus/tuk-tuk for 20/200 rupees to Uppuveli beach,and asked to get dropped off at French Garden. The 1st place walking from the highway is Anton's, 1000 a night, and right on the beach there are 2 other places for 1200-1600 a night (negotiable if quiet/you are persistent). Rooms are fairly basic but still decent and clean enough. If you're on your own its the best bet to meet other people, these places are the most popular in the area and some nights are lively in the little restaurant on the beach at French Garden's, then even had a proper party Saturday night!
Otherwise further north you have other places that start at 2000 and are a little nicer (but not much) than French's, but i found all those places to be pretty empty. Nilaveli beach is 10km further up (Km 16 from Trinco) and is nice, even quieter but all rooms start at 2000. Its quite isolated there, and most places i saw seemed to be pretty much empty.
It is the NE monsoon now, so every day it was windy, and the seas quite rough, although very little rain. It is ok for swimming if you can deal with some waves. Diving is out until April, its too rough, but you can hire boats from Nilaveli beach to go see Pigeon Island. I didn't go, but others said it was really nice, you can do some snorkeling and walk around the island. The boat costs 1600-2000Rp for up to 7 people (whole day), plus 1800Rp government tax to pay upon the island, each tourist. Bring your own food and rent your own snorkelling gear. You can do this as packages from the guesthouses with lunch, van ride, etc, but expect to pay way more per person these prices (like 3000-4000k each for a group of 5). The above is based on you turning up at Nilaveli beach with your own group and negotiating a boat yourself.
You can also rent motorbikes there to explore (1000 a day), or simply go into Trinco and walk up to the Fort area. Other than that, its all about chillaxing. Last hint, order you dinner in the morning, otherwise you'll be waiting for hours!!
Hope this answers yours and everyone questions about the Trinco area!
Jan 19, 2012 4:49 AM
3Trinco is a dry area and most of the time rain wont be a prob. But I have no idea about the condition of the sea. But Trinco has three four beaches with different conditions. (Nilaweli, Marble beach, Arisimale and etc.) If you can go to Marble beach, for sure condition of the sea wont be a problem cuz it is like a bay.
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