THINGS TO DO IN Trincomalee

  • Nilaveli Beach
  • Pigeon Island National Park
  • Koneswaram Hindu Temple
  • Fort Fedrick
  • Kanniya Hot Water Wells
  • Marble Beach

The port city of Trincomalee is located on the eastern coast of the Island. Since 543 BC, the natural deep-water harbor of Trincomalee, then known as Gokanna, had managed to attract sailors and traders from all over the world.

Being one of the finest natural harbours in the world, it had also been a much sought after strong-point by the Dutch, Portuguese and the British during the colonial rule, and also a significant port during the WWII.Today the main attractions in Trincomalee are its beautiful Koddiyar Bay, the vast China Bay, and the interesting rocky peninsular where the main town is located. Due to the changing terrain in the area the ocean waters afford the most amazing hues of blue, and the glorious white beaches around the area are unspoiled and scenic.The most enchanting stretches of beaches are located a little further up north. Uppuveli, 6 km, and Nilaweli, 16 km from the town are the best areas for swimming and snorkeling. The shallow seas around this area are ideal for a lazy dip and soaking in the sun. For the adventure lover the area also affords a couple of interesting underwater wrecks. For those keen on sightseeing the town boasts several interesting sites. The Swami Rock and the Koneswara Temple, one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka, are located on a sheer rocky outcrop which requires a climb through the Old Dutch Fort.