Trincomalee has some of the most picturesque, calm and scenic beaches found in Sri Lanka, relatively un-spoilt and clean. The area is famous for bathing and swimming, owing to the relative shallowness of the sea, allowing one to walk out over a hundred meters into the sea without the water reaching the chest. The sands are white in color and resembles some of the more sort after beach destinations in the world. Whale watching is a common pastime in the seas off Trincomalee, and successful sightings are on the rise with the increase of tourism in the area. The area has a historical background with a fort built by the colonial occupiers.