Places to Visit in Mahaweli, Sri Lanka, Asia
Mahaweli is the longest river in Sri Lanka geographically positioned between latitude 8°28′ in the north and longitude 81°14′ in the east measures a length of 335 kms is also the largest drainage basin in the country. Mahaweli occupies around one-fifth of the total area of Sri Lanka.
Mahaweli and its tributaries are used for irrigation purpose in several regions of the island. The hydroelectricity produced from the six dams constructed on Mahaweli serves 40% of electricity needs of Sri Lanka. The river convenes Bay of Bengal on southwestern part of Bay of Trincomalee.
Tributaries of Mahaweli River:
- Hulu Ganga
- Uma Oya
- Loggal Oya
- Amban ganga
- Badulu Oya
- Kotmale Oya
- Hatton Oya
Connectivity to Mahaweli:
Mahaweli River flows through major regions of Central Province of Sri Lanka including Kandy and Trincomalee. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of Mahaweli River by reaching Trincomalee City.
Trincomalee is well connected with Kandy, Colombo and Galle by all the major transport facilities like road, railway and airway.
There are regular buses departing from Trincomalee City to Colombo and Kandy City and one can board buses from Trincomalee City Bus Stand located in the vicinity of the market.
Trincomalee is served by Trincomalee Airport situated 13 kms away from the midpoint of the city with daily flights to Colombo, Kandy and Galle.
Trincomalee Railway Station is sited 2 km north of the city centre and from Trincomalee City, tourists can reach the banks of Mahaweli River by hiring Auto Rickshaws or Minivans.
Other tourist attractions near Mahaweli:
Koneswaram Temple is considered as one of the holy places of Sri Lankan and Indian Hindus, located in Trincomalee of Central province in Sri Lanka. It was once damaged from Portuguese attack and later was reconstructed with marvelous architecture by the local king.
Trincomalee Beach is one of the top tourist destinations and very calm, clean and cool beach of Sri Lanka. It is visited by higher majority of foreign tourists from western countries annually for its eye-boarding beauty.
The Dutch Fort:
The Dutch Fort is very ancient historical fort and constructed during Portuguese regime in Sri Lanka. Dutch Empires captured it from Portuguese in 1639 and in 1672 the fort was conquered by the French Empires from Dutch.
The list of other tourist attractions near Mahaweli is:
- Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Hall
- Bhadrakali Amman Temple
- Hot springs
Ideal time to visit Mahaweli:
During the ending months of monsoon season and the beginning months of winter season will be the best time to visit beautiful Mahaweli River.
Accommodation Options near Mahaweli (in Trincomalee City):
It is very easy to board the beauty of Mahaweli River from Trincomalee. So tourists can find hotels at Trincomalee for better accommodation. The hotels of Trincomalee are well known for their grand hospitality services with different facilities include hot water bath, cable TV, laundry, doctor on call, vehicle parking, garden area, fitness centre, swimming pool, tennis court, doctor on call, free WiFi, air ticket bookings and serves Sri Lanka, India, China and Western countries cuisine. The best hotels in Trincomalee are as follows:
- Pigeon Island Beach Resort
- Nilaveli Beach Hotel
- Chaaya Blu Resort
- Hotel Sea Lord
- Lotus Park Hotel
- Green Park Hotel
- Aqua Hotel Trincomalee
- Sunflower Hotel
- Kumar Hotel
- Rainbow Hotel
- Trinco Village Hotel
- Medway Hotel
- Seaway Hotel
- Sudu Gala Beach Resorts, Nilaweli
- Sea View Hotel
- Welcombe Hotel
- Chaaya Hotels & Resorts