Nilaveli Beach, Nilaveli

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#2 of 26 in Outdoors in Eastern Province
Try your hand at dolphin-watching and relax on the white sand of Nilaveli Beach, where you can go swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and diving. Grab a bite at one of the nearby restaurants, and enjoy the idyllic beachfront. You can also embark on a boat ride to nearby islands, exploring the area's hidden gems, such as the renowned Pigeon Island. You can easily find onsite accommodations to suit your budget. Plan your visit to Nilaveli Beach and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nilaveli trip planner .
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  • This beach is really perfect, with clean golden sand, backed by palmtrees and screwpines. My hotel was only 2mins away, so I was very pleased to see there was a lifeguard area just 100m down the beach...  more »
  • Nilaveli beach is a beautiful, clean and vast beach overlooking Pigeon Island. Excellent safe swimming here, with wide sandy beach, ideal for families with children. Lots of trips to Pigeon Island.  more »
  • A very beautiful beach has degenerated to the garbage dump. Somehow, it looked as if there someone lives in the sea. We saw plastic waste of all kinds, shoes, bags and other debris. As we also encountered injection we left the beach.
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Where to stay in Nilaveli

Nilaveli's lodgings lie between the coastal Nilaveli Road and the sea. Looking to outdo one another for sea views, the hotels here have plenty to offer by way of location, with none situated too far from the sand. Additional facilities vary depending on price, with some particularly well appointed retreats offering private pools, spas, and veranda restaurants, while the humbler options let the coastline speak for itself.
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