After Batticaloa I headed straight up the coast to Trincomalee, often shortened to Trinco. Trinco is famous for its bay, one the world’s biggest natural harbours. However the government has yet to make much use of it, preferring to develop Colombo harbour and build a whole new harbour in Habentota on borrowed money (which is so far rumoured to be a failure as the bay isn’t deep enough to accommodate the largest ships).
Trinco is also one of the few tourist destinations on the east coast, the other one being Arugam bay. Most people stay north of the town, either in Uppaveli or further north in Nilaveli.
During my stay in Uppaveli I quickly got into a routine, relaxing in the morning and shooting in the afternoon when the light wasn’t too harsh and the temperatures more manageable. I often returned to the same part of town with small sandy lanes full of colourful houses mostly inhabited by fishermen and their families.
Trinco is probably the best place in Sri Lanka to experience beach life. It offers a good range of accommodation, but is not nearly as developed as the beaches on the south-west coast.