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Uppuveli Beach

Top choice in The East

This honey-coloured crescent of sand makes a lovely spot to enjoy life under a coconut tree. Swimming is possible although there are often red flags blowing on windy days, indicating strong currents. The motley assortment of beach dogs may try for a few laughs by snatching your unguarded shirt while you're swimming, but, overall, this is a peaceful spot to rest up for a few days.

Hotels near Uppuveli Beach

There are many good-value places to stay right at the top of the beach; other attractive options sit just inland, on the road that parallels the beach. Good hotel options right on Uppuveli Beach include Coconut Beach LodgeGolden Beach Cottages and Blue Sand Beach Resort, which are all situated pretty much on the high-tide line.



Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The East attractions

1. Commonwealth War Cemetery

0.46 MILES

For a break from the beach, stroll up to this beautifully kept cemetery. This is the last resting place for 364 Commonwealth servicemen who died at Trinco…

2. Salli Muthumariamunam Kovil

0.81 MILES

This beachfront temple is 4km by road from Uppuveli, but only a short wade (or hop by boat if the tide is high) from the north end of Uppuveli beach. It’s…

3. Fish Market


Fishy interest is provided at the raucous daily fish market near the bus station. Early mornings are busiest.

4. Swami Rock

2.66 MILES

The base for Kandasamy Kovil is considered the world's greatest vantage point for spotting blue whales. Note the odd cubic-shaped rocks below.

5. Kandasamy Kovil

2.67 MILES

This revered temple at the summit of a rocky outcrop is one of Sri Lanka’s pancha ishwaram, five historical Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and…

6. Kali Kovil

2.75 MILES

Kali Kovil has the most impressive, eye-catching gopuram (gateway towers) of Trinco’s many Hindu temples. It's always busy.

7. Gokana Temple

2.83 MILES

There are fine views of Trinco and the coastline from here.

8. Buddha Statue

2.83 MILES

This big standing Buddha statue is at the Gokana Temple.