Golden sands and colourful corals
The port city of Trincomalee sits up in Sri Lanka’s north-east corner. Trace the coastline north for 20-odd kilometres and you’ll find the petite village of Kuchchaveli and a 10-acre reserve that’s home to the Uga Jungle Beach. Cocooned in lush jungle, it opens out onto a postcard-perfect beach – all soft blonde sands and calm, swimmable waters.
Behind the resort you’ll find tropical mangroves and a bird-flecked lagoon, while nearby you can tiptoe through serene Buddhist temples and wallow in natural hot springs. The Pigeon Island Marine National Park is practically on the doorstep, with reef sharks, rays and turtles hiding among the corals.
Between May and October you can hop aboard whale-watching boats, too – blue whales and pods of spinner dolphins can be spotted gliding through the waters, as well as the occasional ‘super pod’ of sperm whales.
Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.
It's a fairly long drive from Colombo Airport to Trincomalee (about 4 hours 20 minutes) - we recommend an internal flight (1 hour 15 minutes) to Trincomalee airport, from where it's a 50-minute drive to the hotel.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons – one in the south-west between May and September, and one in the north-east between October and January. Galle and Bentota are in the south-west, and the most popular time to visit is between December and March for hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 30°C.
UK citizens will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa online before you travel.
Tipping is common in Sri Lanka. You should aim to tip 100 rupees at restaurants, and the same again per day for hotel maids and porters. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you could round up the fare to the nearest 50 rupees if paying cash.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken too.