One of the finest natural harbors the world has to offer, Trincomalee lies on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The entire city rests on a Peninsula which separates the inner and outer harbours. This ancient city is in fact believed to be the site of historic Gokana as mentioned in the Mahavamsa and is a breathtakingly beautiful city. Given its unique composition, Trincomalee Sri Lanka even attracted great sea-farers of old including Ptolomy, Marco Polo and merchants from the far-east who were en route to the western world.
A visit to the exotic beaches of Uppuv eli and Nilaweli are an essential component of your Trincomalee travel. Guide your way through the seemingly uninhabited streets of this resplendent city and experience some of the treasures that may yet remain unraveled.
Trincomalee weather is mostly warm and sunny with spells of tropical rain.
Things To Do
The phenomenal waters of Trincomalee, replete with dolphins, blue whales, sperm whales and Byrde’s whales, has become one of the best spots in the world for dolphin and whale watching. Trincomalee also boasts some of the best diving spots in the island as its coastline is made up of rocky peninsulas, reefs and islands resulting in a wide range of underwater terrain and marine life.
In addition to whale watching and diving, if you are looking for things to do, Trincomalee offers many other activities including snorkeling and boat rides, simply to get a glimpse of the treasures of the sea world.
Sea bathing and sun bathing on the shores of Trincomalee, as simple as they are, are some of the most popular things to do. Trincomalee boasts some of the best beaches in the world and the seemingly endless stretch of pristine white sand makes it an ideal setting to lie down in the sun and do nothing.
Popularly known to be one of the best beaches in Asia, the Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee, is a stretch of shore-land, with swathes of crystal white sands, tenderly meeting the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The Nilaveli beach, Trincomalee is an ideal place to experience plain and simple tranquility. The Uppuveli beach too is one of the Trincomalee attractions.
The Trincomalee hot springs too are certainly worth a visit. A high wall provides an enclosure to the 7 natural hot wells. The water is mildly hot, but can be touched. The Thirukonesvaram temple which is said to house the Swayambhu Lingam is one of Sri Lanka’s most important Hindu sites and is thus one of the main Trincomalee attractions. This temple is placed on top of the famous Swami rock as is the Lover’s Leap, which is a 130m cliff.
Fort Fredrick which is the famous old Fort built originally by the Portuguese, The Hoods Tower Museum which is one of the most interesting naval museums, and Pigeon Island which is a small island off-shore are also popular Trincomalee attractions.