The 7 Best Things to Do in Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

September 4, 2017 Chanda Heide

Nilaveli (Tamil: நிலவெலி), (Sinhalese: නිලාවැලි) is a coastal resort town and suburb of the Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka located 16 km northwest of the city of Trincomalee. A historically popular Tamil village and tourist destination of the district alongside the nearby Uppuveli, the numbers of visitors declined following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War, but have risen again since 2010. Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks of the region is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, its many species of vegetation, coral and reef fish contributing to Nilaveli's rich biodiversity.
Restaurants in Nilaveli

1. AquaCreed Scuba Dive Centre

Ward No 2, 9 Mile Post | 14km Post, Beach Side, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 121 reviews

AquaCreed Scuba Dive Centre

Diving & PADI Courses PADI Authorized Dive Centre. AquaCreed Scuba & Leisure experience to provide high quality outdoor leisure activities in Nilaveli , Trincomalee , Sri Lanka - Asia

Reviewed By Tamal_Ind - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

My wife and I did our AOW with Aquacreed Scuba and our experience was absolutely amazing. Right from day 1, when I started interacting with Jez via emails, till the very end, when we finished our courses.
Jez is very professional as well as empathetic. He also gave me some valuable tips to improve my diving skills. He also helped us with suggestions around accommodation, transport, etc., and it was extremely helpful in planning us a great trip.
Rachael was our instructor and we absolutely loved diving with her. She was extremely patient with us. She answered all our queries and made us do all the skills until we perfected them. She also made the entire experience full of fun!
I would highly recommend Aquacreed Scuba!

2. Trincomalee War Cemetery

Nilaveli Road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
Excellent
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

Trincomalee War Cemetery

Trincomalee is a seaport on the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and was formerly a naval station. After the fall of Singapore it became a naval base of importance to our command of shipping in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. The cemetery was originally the Combined Services Cemetery, but was taken over by the Admiralty from the military authorities in April 1948 for use as a permanent naval cemetery. On the withdrawal of United Kingdom Forces from Ceylon it became the property of the Ceylon Government who have granted the Commission security of tenure in perpetuity. Save for a few post-war and non-war graves it is purely a war cemetery, and service war graves were transferred to it from Trincomalee (St. Mary) Churchyard; Trincomalee (St. Stephen's) Cemetery, Kottadi Cemetery, Jaffna; and Vavuiyna Combined Cemetery. A special memorial commemorates a naval man buried in Trincomalee (St. Stephen's) Cemetery whose grave could not be found. The non-war graves are those of men of the Merchant Navy whose death was not due to war service, and of civilians, of whom some were employees of the Admiralty; while the post-war graves were dependents of servicemen, civilian employees of the Admiralty and dependents of such employees.

Reviewed By SheemaE - Durham, North Carolina

While we bicycled to the Golden temple, we stopped by at this cemetery. Very well maintained . The man who takes care of it told us that he inherited the job from his father. He lives next door and has excellent information sheet in English. Reading epitaphs made me cry a bit until I saw 'Curry anything'.

3. Nilaveli Beach

Pulmoddai Road, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 326 reviews

Nilaveli Beach

Reviewed By SunnyW358 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nilaveli is a very beautiful beach to walk along. We took a long walk when we stayed at Nilaveli Beach Resort toward the Nilaveli Beach Hotel. In between these two hotels, there were 3-4 little guest houses too. The beachfront belonging to these two hotels and the guesthouses was very clean. These beach areas were marked by a red flag. In between however, there was a lot of garbage on the beach. It looked like some people dumped their big black-plastic-bags-full of garbage on the beach. It was unfortunate that they could not find an alternative to this.
In front of our hotel, the beach was super clean.
We even saw some beach patrol by armed military closer to the Nilaveli Beach Hotel.
Another interesting factor was seeing a lot of cows on the beach. In the evening they went back to their abode (wherever that might be) in small groups.

4. Nilaveli Diving Centre

Ward No.1, 9th Mile Post | At High Park Hotel, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

Nilaveli Diving Centre

Scuba Diving in Sri Lanka is our passion! Thats why we opened our second Diving Centre 2011 at the beautiful Nilaveli Beach at the north east coast of Sri Lanka. This is the official page of the Nilaveli DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort, and Sri Lanka's premier PADI Dive Resort, S-23912 and your gateway to the excitement and adventure of the underwater world! The Dive Centre is open every year from 15. February to 15. November from 8 am to 7 pm. The rest of the year, the month of the north east monsoon, with rough sea and bad visibility, we are operating at our Unawatuna DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort at the South Coast of Sri Lanka, 5 km south of Galle under good diving conditions . The Nilaveli DIVING CENTRE is a fully authorized PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort. It offers Scuba Diving for beginners, Fun Dives, all kind of PADI Courses, Snorkelling Trips and Whale & Dolphin Watching . It is German owned and managed from a team of international PADI Diveinstructors.

Reviewed By Albertocarbajo

We did the Pigeon Island excursion for diving and snorkling but it turned out a total disaster.
Pigeon island is crowedbof tourists and to tell you the truth not worty at all for the price. No corals, no turtles, just one mini shark (20 cm long) and hundreds of tourists everywhere (although I 'm awere this is not Nilaveli Diving Center f ault). However, it would have been nice if they inform us that proper shoes are vey necessary for Pigeon island beach, full of sharp corals that heart the feet easily...
Anyway, focusing on the diving staff, the diving instructor and his assistant (both Sri lankan) had a total lack of safety control of the divers/snorklers. After being quite rude and not very helpful during the dives he didn't even ask for the air pressure any single time during the second dive. We could have had a serious problem if we were more junior divers. Additionally, they didn't even offer us water and/or biscuits during the whole excursion although the heat was very high and the diving staff was drinking during the breaks...
And last but not least, we almost had an accident with the boat on the way back to the beach due to the high speed and a total lack of the divers/snorklers' sense of safety.
To sum up, I wouldn't recommend waste your money and risk your health with Nilaveli Diving Center.

5. Pigeon Island National Park

Nilaveli, Sri Lanka +94 77 703 4373
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4 based on 875 reviews

Pigeon Island National Park

Reviewed By Brustolon

This is a beautiful island with clean water and perfect for snorkel, lots of beautiful fish, star fish and amazing coral. The island is stunning with white sand. Highly recommend it for a day trip.
PS bring your own snack because there’s no food there to buy, normally the resort around makes a take way box with fruits etc. Have fun

6. Ypsylon Diving

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
Excellent
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4 based on 38 reviews

Ypsylon Diving

Reviewed By Willem W

Me and a friend wanted to go on a banana boat together, and the diving centre seemed to be a reasonable place to do this. Other friends had already done it, and said it was a lot of fun.
The staff at the diving centre first told us to wait an hour, and so we did. He then asked us to wait 10 minutes, continued by another request to wait for an hour. After having waited for 2 hours and 10 minutes, me and my friend decided to leave. We were obviously very disappointed as we were very excited to try it...

7. Poseidon Diving Station Sri Lanka

Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 2 reviews

From 2010 till now we have been running our operations in Trinconmalee. We offer a range of PADI courses as well as snorkeling at Pigeon Island and whale and dolphin watching.

Reviewed By Dusan R - Grosuplje, Slovenia

It was first time for me, that i didn't have the feeling that we are rushing somewhere. It was really nice and easy.Thank you Dusan for your review and for diving with Poseidon! It was a pleasure to show you the wonders of Sri Lankan water, we are happy if you enjoyed your time with us! Wish you happy bubbles!

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