Weekend in Trinco capped by whale watching

Chalets in China Bay by the Mahaweli
By Shanika Perera

The 2004 tsunami was the turning point for a group of mostly former Navy personnel who had moved into marine construction, operating from the Trincomalee coast. With most of their equipment destroyed, they looked at other means of income.

Leisure Tourism was certainly never in the pipeline but it was an easy transition due to their vast knowledge of the country’s history and coastline. These leisure operators are now offering guests a complete vacation in Trincomalee, with pickup in Colombo, transport to Trinco, sight seeing, water sports, lodging and food all taken care of. Travellers are also free to pick and choose their itinerary, and other vacation components based on their different budgets.

Their prime location along the Trincomalee – Batticaloa road, within China Bay on the waterfront of the harbour is an immense plus point as the atmosphere and environmental conditions are unique. The Mahaweli River falls into the sea here and the salinity in the air being much less, the normal ‘sticky’ feeling experienced near the sea is absent.

The standard package consists of bringing guests to Trincomalee via air or road transport, with a city tour on the first day. Trincomalee has an interesting history and the guides know it all. Time permitting the city tour also includes an excursion to Nilaweli and Pigeon Island.

The second day is a hot favourite with locals and foreigners alike. Whale watching is fast gaining popularity and the whale watching excursion which takes almost an entire day is done on board the “Princess of Whales”, a 36-foot vessel manned by experienced staff that operates during the May – November season. All trips are conducted with utmost consideration towards safety as well as with concern for the environment. Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) guide lines are strictly followed.

In fact part proceeds from the whale watching goes towards the new organisation they have launched “Protect Whales Sri Lanka”. Other water sports activities such as night fishing, diving are also available.
Accommodation facilities include 3 A/C chalets and 1 non A/C chalet with 2 rooms each. The resident chef is an expert with seafood and there are set meals available as well as a la carte menu.

Also soon on offer will be an open air seawater jacuzzi with an infinity view of the sea. A floating deck for private dinners is also available together with beach BBQ’s and campfires. An unusual offer, one that is sure to gain immense popularity is the fish therapy treatments planned. With its ideal location, serene environment, and knowledgeable and friendly staff, the weekend Trincomalee package is the ideal getaway option for families looking for wholesome fun.

For more information contact +94 077 3170877, + 94 077 1944899, +94 011 5541455 Fax: 5541454 or E mail: For information on whale watching email

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