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Top Choice Beach in Uppuveli

Uppuveli Beach

Just an all-around great beach. The sand is honey-beige and the swimming generally good. There's always a pleasant vibe here as mellow locals wander about and travellers make new friends. Beach dogs try for a few la…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Uppuveli

Sana's

An example of why the Sarvodaya Rd strip is becoming one of the most interesting eating neighbourhoods on the east coast. This restaurant is a two-level driftwood dream that's staffed by charmers. The main menu is m…
Top Choice Sri Lankan in Uppuveli

Coconut Beach Lodge

Coconut Beach is the best place in town for Sri Lankan–style home cooking. Rice and curry, grilled seer fish and giant prawns, plus vegie delights, are all prepared with love and served on a pretty candlelit patio. …
International in Uppuveli

Crab

A wonderful setting for a meal, this stylish hotel restaurant is perfect for a lazy dinner near the surf. You'll find a wide selection of dishes, with everything from Indonesian spicy rice with satay to succulent se…
Bar in Uppuveli

Fernando’s Beach Bar

The beach bar in Uppuveli, many nights seem to start and end here. Sit on a pillow on the sand, at a table, or up on the driftwood-covered terrace. The beer is cold, the drinks potent and the vibe fun. Listen to the…
Cemetery in Uppuveli

Commonwealth War Cemetery

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 during WWII, most of them during a 1942 Japanese raid that s…
Seafood in Uppuveli

Ceylon Seafood Cafe

You can't get more rustic than this totally open-air bamboo hut next to a lotus pond. Each night it displays a huge range of fresh fish, which you choose for staff to cook. Ask for extra pepper and garlic on your fi…
Seafood in Uppuveli

Tonic's

The beachside restaurant of Golden Beach Cottage has just a touch of refinement to bring some style to its dinners. There's always fresh fish, which is served with salad and fries, and the battered calamari is excel…
Italian in Uppuveli

Palm Beach

Authentic Italian food, including fine pasta and seafood; the menu changes daily but always includes a special or two. Enjoying a good reputation, this restaurant is back from the beach, under some palms. Reserve ah…
Hindu Site in Uppuveli

Salli Muthumariamunam Kovil

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 across Fishermen’s Creek, masked from view by green-topped ro…