Kuchchaveli, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
A beautiful and peaceful jungle-like setting - take your mosquito repellent
A great beach on the unexplored east coast of Sri Lanka
A great option for combining beach with the cultural triangle during the summer months when the sea is calm and the weather good
A smart accommodation option in an relatively untouched location perfect for those wanting to get off the beaten track
Its remote location means that you are around 7 hours drive from the international airport or 3-4 hours from the cultural sights so be prepared for a long drive or a helicopter or seaplane flight.
Best time to Visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in the Northeastern half of Sri Lanka are from May to August and for the west and south coasts, December to March.
To start planning your holiday to Jungle Beach
Jungle Beach is a relaxed eco-retreat set in shrub jungle close to the remote village of Kuchchaveli on the north east coast of Sri Lanka about 30 minutes north of Trincomalee. The hotel is located on a secluded and picturesque beach.
Jungle Beach is situated on the relatively unexplored east coast and offers a unique beach experience that is immersed in nature. True to its name, this eco-friendly resort is set amidst a scrub jungle that leads to a secluded beach. Cross the overhead plank bridge from the reception to the lounge and enter this jungle hideaway.
Accommodation is in 48 luxurious cabins thatched with Illuk grass and hidden amongst trees. Paved pathways through shrubs, creepers and winding roots, connect these cabins to the restaurant, swimming pool, and the beautiful ocean stretch.
Timber terraces and bamboo fences are built around tall leafy trees that attract numerous birds and the occasional monkey. Spend your day by the poolside or bask in the sun on the beaches of Kuchchaveli. Being the only hotel on the bay, the beach is virtually deserted. It is also possible to visit Trincomalee from the resort which is a most interesting day trip.
Jungle Beach follows strict eco-friendly policies and also provides employment to the youth from the surrounding villages. It is the perfect place to relax and has the real advantage of being at its warmest and driest during the European summer months when the west coast and south coast are receiving more seasonal rain.
Jungle Beach has 48 cabins of modern design crafted from indigenous materials which fuse well with the natural surroundings all offer either spectacular views of the ocean or of the lagoon.
Dine at the open air restaurant or in the privacy of your own verandah. There is also a well stocked bar, gym, swimming pool, room service and laundry service.
Snorkelling, whale and dolphin watching is possible off the coast of Nilaveli which is about 20 minutes away. Guests can also go on cycling tours provided by the hotel around the surrounding area. If you're lucky, you might even spot some wild Elephants in the lagoon.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Jungle Beach is the perfect location for your beach break with a combination of a beautiful remote location and luxury accommodation. Located thirty minutes north of Trincomalee this resort is the only property based on the remote Jungle Beach making it a great private get away. The rooms are modern and if you opt for a Beach Cabin you have direct access to the beach. There are a variety of activities to keep you busy from snorkeling and diving trips to cycling tours around the lagoon.
Jack Mace (Staff)
With a name like Jungle Beach you expect a lot, and the resort doesn't disappoint! As the names suggest the 30 villas are set in the middle of the jungle with dusty pathways leading you to the resorts facilities and fantastic beach. The sandy beach is certainly the star of the show here, its 4km long, hosts a normally calm sea which is perfect for swimming and most importantly is not shared by any other hotel absolute bliss! Jungle Beach is primarily a beach destination, and a good one at that, but there's plenty more on offer for the more adventurous of you. Trips can be arranged to go whale watching (between Feb-Oct), to go snorkelling at Pigeon Island (where there a lots of reef sharks and turtles), cycling tours, a tour of the local town of Trinco (fish market, Dutch fort) and fishing on the nearby lagoon. In the resort there's also a jet ski to rent, a volleyball court and if you're feeling up to it, you can join in with the staff cricket match. People are just has happy relaxing as they are doing the above activities, so go at your own pace here
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
Located right on a secluded stretch of beach on Sri Lanka's east coast, Jungle Beach is the closest you can be to absolute privacy on the coast. The rooms are simple but clean and bright, just a few metres from the water front. The pool isn't ideal for small children as it is surrounded by a pond but older families and couples with love the peaceful setting.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
This eco-beach retreat exudes a laid-back and friendly vibe. Individually standing cabins are nestled within the jungle, providing the utmost privacy in a lush and tropical setting. Only minutes from the beach rooms echo the noise of the ocean waves and are well appointed to offer a restful stay. During any stay staff will welcome you with a friendly smile and really look after you during your time at jungle Beach. Its rustic luxury at its finest.
Emma Neale (Staff)
I loved Jungle Beach and would choose it for my own escape to Sri Lanka as I loved the fact that it was comfortable yet off the beaten track where there are not lots of tourists yet. It is a real gem for those wanting beach time in our summer months when the west coast and south coast are less good.
Dambulla Buddhist Caves
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Jungle Beach - Visit Ancient Trincomalee
Known as the ‘Rome of the Pagans of the Orient’, visiting Trincomalee will offer the chance to understand the myths and legends that surround the ancient temples and colonial forts in the area.
Jungle Beach - Whale Watching
Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience whale watching during your time at Jungle Beach. You will need to wake up early as you go in search of the world's largest mammals who can be seen on the East Coast from May until around October.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Tour of Trincomalee
A visit to Trincomalee, also known as Trinco, will generally include a visit to Koneswaram Temple and Fort Frederick for a historical overview. This tour will also take in some of the lovely beaches in the area, including Uppuveli and Nilaveli.
Whale and Dolphin Excursion from Trincomalee
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Trincomalee in the months of March to August.
Whale Watching in Trincomalee
Whales flock to the east coast of Sri Lanka mainly during the months of March and April and again in August and September as they continue their migrations around the teardrop isle.
Wilpattu Jeep Safari
Enjoy a jeep safari to Wilpattu National Park, the largest National Park in Sri Lanka.
Yoga at Jungle Beach
Book a personal session with the Yoga Master at Jungle Beach who will lead you through a series of 'asanas' to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Extraordinary Sri Lanka
Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Ancient Cities & Trincomalee
from £3200 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Take in Sri Lanka from above as you enjoy a mangificent sunrise over the cultural triangle from a hot air balloon
- This itinerary really takes you off the beaten track, while still ensure you experience the staples of Sri Lanka - culture, adventure, wildlife and relaxation
- Wilpattu is one of the less commercial and crowded national parks so you will have a much more authentic experience
Sri Lanka Uncovered
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from £2800 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- An immersive tour taking you to explore the more hidden side of Sri Lanka, taking in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes
- Plunge into the hidden experiences throughout this trip, from waterfalls and natural pools, temples and trekking, game drives and an abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife
- Stay in unique retreats throughout, from the rustic and unique Mudhouse, tranquil Jim’s Farm Villas and remote Jungle Beach
Location & directions
Kuchchaveli, Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach is located in Kuchchaveli which is situated towards the north-west of Trincomalee. The distance from Colombo to Trincomalee is about 257km
How to get there
An 11 hour flight from London and then an hour seaplane journey to Trinco.
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