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Dutch Bay, Trincomalee Photos

Dutch Bay is a beautiful crescent of white sand in Trincomalee City. The suburb's tree-lined lanes are cluttered with crumbling colonial workingmen's cottages from the days of the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka.


Although Dutch Bay is right in the heart of Trinco, Uppuveli and Nilaveli Beaches to the north get the lion's share of visitors. Yet Dutch Bay and neighbouring Back Bay are unrivalled for character and friendliness; I also think they're more beautiful than the 'touristy' beaches up the coast.


The historic Fort Fredrick flanks one end of Dutch Bay, and a bushy headland, the other. Colourful fishing boats dot the beach like many stretches of sand in Trincomalee. But if you're all beached-out and fancy something a little edgier, a trip to the local beachfront bar can give you a taste of Sri Lanka during the days of civil war. The starkly furnished interior, decorated with chicken wire and a bunker of a bar, comes complete with a surly barman and a scattering of equally gruff patrons. I'll be back for New Year's Eve.


It will be interesting what happens to Dutch Bay as more tourists flood into the area. I can imagine some of the night spots may be in for a polish, but I hope they have the foresight to retain the charming Dutch colonial buildings as they have in Galle.



Fishing boats on the beach at Dutch Bay, Trincomalee

Fishing boats on the beach at Dutch Bay, Trincomalee

 

Another one of those Trincomalee lanes to the sea
Another one of those Trincomalee lanes to the sea

 

Me enjoying the sun and views at Dutch Bay
Me enjoying the sun and views at Dutch Bay

 

Crumbling house in Dutch Bay
Crumbling house in Dutch Bay

 

One of the Dutch workingman's cottages in Dutch Bay
One of the Dutch workingman's cottages in Dutch Bay

 

An old street in Dutch Bay
Old cottages on Dyke Street in Dutch Bay

 

Inside the beachside pub at Dutch Bay
Inside the beachside pub at Dutch Bay

 

The bar/bunker at the beachside pub at Dutch Bay
The bar/bunker at the beachside pub at Dutch Bay

 

A friendly soldier by Dutch Bay
A friendly soldier by Dutch Bay

 



Click here for photos and information about the beaches at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Click for more photos around the Trincomalee area: Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach
Click here for the scoop and photos about the beaches at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Click for more photos around the Trincomalee area: Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 


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