It is a sandy beach of good length and is one of the safest beaches to swim in the country. The swimmers can also indulge in snorkelling and witness colourful world lying beneath the sea waters. For sea food lovers, Tangalle beach is one good option that is situated in a place known as Hamabanthota. The same beach is also popular for the Dutch Fort constructed with corals, which is now a prison. Trincomalee beach in Sri Lanka boasts of a long history. Explorers such as Marco Polo and Ptolemy entered to the country at this beach only. In the same way, traders from China and East Asia used it has a harbour long time ago in history. Today, Trincomalee has gained much of its importance because it is a major tourist spot for fishing, scuba diving, surfing, and whale-watching. After spending ample enjoyable moments at this beach, one may visit nearby Dutch fortresses and a Hindu temple popular by the name of Tirukonesvaram Kovil. Sri Lanka beach holiday packages can also cover other popular beaches like Kilali Beach, Vankalai, Casuarina Beach, Bentota, Weligama, Koggala and Arugam Bay.