Located on the island’s beautiful Eastern coast, just 20 minutes from Trincomalee, Kuchchaveli is a gorgeous mix up of secluded jungles and pristine, powdery sand beaches. The area feels like a secret, and is home to only a handful of hotels, which gives it a cut-off feel from the rest of the world. Kuchchaveli is where forest, sea, salt-marsh and lagoon come together to create an explosion of biodiversity on land and in the air and water. Dozens of species of birds inhabit the area, the lagoons and ocean teem with fish, shellfish, turtles and cetaceans. Apart from fishermen who still work using traditional methods, the beach is broad and mostly empty, stretching up and down the coast as far as the eye can see. Home to amazing spots for snorkeling among reefs, nature hikes along pristine jungle trails, scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, bird watching, forested turquoise coves, mangroves and lagoons, Kuchchaveli deserve more than a couple nights’ for a truly immersive stay.