February 2012


Marble Beach: Serenity At Its Extremes
February 2012




The view of Trincomalee Bay from the summit of Diamond Hill

Words Shyam Ranasinghe | Photography Menaka Aravinda

Raising its forehead in glowing peace, lies a serene stretch of sand, mildly extending into a cascade of light blue ocean water which goes on to reach endlessness. The atmosphere is so still that it gives you an illusion that you practically own it. The gentle breeze is soothing enough to make you forget that it is just a few kilometres away from where you turned off temporarily bidding farewell to modernity as we know it. This is Marble Beach, truly, serenity at its extremes.

Plying along the A6 highway from Kurunegala, with just four miles to reach Trincomalee, the turn off to Kinniya and Batticaloa inaugurates the A15 highway. Passing the Eagles' Golf Links and moving along approximately 10 kilometres lays the entrance pathway to Marble Beach. With the majestic Kinniya Bridge, the longest bridge in Sri Lanka, in full panoramic view the turn off to Marble Beach is hard to miss. Thereon the journey takes a completely different tempo as the gravel road slithers through flora hiding the hustle and bustle of the main road within a few metres of travel.

To many the allure of Marble Beach is its untouched pristine beauty where a dip in the sea or stroll on the beach soothes your senses.

Intermingled within the list of travel destinations in Sri Lanka, remains one of its latest additions - Marble Beach. Once a land upon which terror reigned, Marble Beach today has transformed to be one of the most breathtaking sights and experiences that Sri Lanka can offer. The distinctive absence of high grade commerce allows the visitor to enjoy natural pristine beauty, whilst not being neglected in fulfillment of comfort.

For the greater part of the year barring the north eastern monsoon, the waters at Marble Beach remain distinctively calm. The light blue placid picture of calm sea is more than enough to bring a soothing sense of refreshment into one's eyes. The serenity and absolute purity of the environment is one that Marble Beach easily offers - and perhaps one that no other beach resort can match.

Marble beach, can be quite unique. It can hypnotically bond in a way that no other beach can.

The calm waters that recede in a shallow gradient towards the deep allow an adventurer to wade into the waters to a tangible distance whilst only submerging part of one's body. With the distant view of Rock Island breaking the horizon to add some colour, dipping in the water and laying flat on the sand in alternate succession can make the day fly by before you realise it.

The Marble Beach Resort, managed by the Sri Lanka Air Force provides accommodation right on the beach to ensure that the visit is treasured beyond sunset. Sporting a magnificent view of the mesmerising beachfront, the cabanas that blend with the surroundings provide all modern amenities to maintain satisfaction and bliss. The cabanas vary in the sense of their location, where some would be situated inside a small forest area, whereas others would be on the beach or perched near the rocky area.

To many the allure of Marble Beach is its untouched pristine beauty where a dip in the sea or stroll on the beach soothes your senses. In addition to the resplendent beach, Marble Beach is also home to large schools of coloured fish. These fish seem to be oblivious to the growing volume of human activity in their waters and they take advantage of the calm waters to swim close to the shore. Snorkelling is a popular activity at Marble Beach simply for the fascination that the coloured fish cause, by their enormous presence drawing their own version of an underwater rainbow. A rudimentary assembly of corals which are present at a far corner of the beach's waters offer the more adventurous and expeditious visitor an opportunity to savour the breathtaking sight.

Unlike any other beach resort in the country, Marble Beach offers much to be adored above ground level as well. The "Diamond Hill", named so by the British and bearing no materialistic connection to the precious stone, is another magnet for the expeditious adventurer. The remnants of the long lost days of World War II offer a window of perspective as to what life would have been in and around the Trincomalee harbour nearly seven decades ago. The advantage of elevation at the top of the hill resulted in the construction of a signal tower. The remnants of this and the anchor points of the cables remain enveloped in dense greenery. Further away an underground bunker lies in ruins sans its top covers. Scattered throughout the hill many such remains are visible as they stand against the tests of time living as relics of a long lost legacy. These wonderful sights are accessible through a hiking route which has been carefully carved through the vegetation. The hike itself is an adventure as you scramble along the rocks with only the trees to hold onto.

Further on Diamond Hill, the one thing that hasn't changed through time is the grand sight from the summit. The entire Trincomalee bay comes within the scope of vision which is, true to its word, breathtaking. The Prima flour factory comes into view from a far corner whilst the numerous coves and enclaves hidden within the bay's geography become exposed. Standing atop this hill, the awe can be addictive and the mild fatigue of the climb is surely rewarded.

Sri Lanka, being a tropical island sports countless beach fronts where the visitor can be mesmerised. Coupled up with the warm hospitality which is found in abundance, any beach can give something to write home about. But Marble Beach, can be quite unique. It can hypnotically bond in a way that no other beach can. There is that essence which is found only in the sands of Marble Beach. It is just....that something, which cannot be explained. Perhaps, the only way to find out - is to experience it.

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    The rocky trail that leads to the summit of Diamond Hill

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    Marble Beach is almost like a private beach where visitors can relax and enjoy

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    One of the cabins situated on the rocky edges of Diamond Hill

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    The massive rocks are covered with green moss creating a picturesque setting

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    A great place for a sea bath

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    The lifeguards watch at Marble Beach

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