Trincomalee - Discover Sri Lanka with Bruno


Any introduction to Trincomalee begins at its magnificent natural harbour, considered for millennia to be one of the finest in Asia. It was used as a trading port throughout the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods, and was later the focus of battles during the colonial period when succeeding European nations vied for control of the island. When it was the turn of the British to colonise the island, then known as Ceylon, the Royal Navy established a naval base at Trincomalee which was later attacked by Japanese fighter pilots during World War II. At the Trincomalee War Cemetery, you can wander between rows of white gravestones belonging to soldiers of the British Empire killed during the war.

Trincomalee’s superb deep-water port has made it the target for all manner of attacks over the centuries: by the British takeover in 1795, the city had changed colonial hands seven times. It's easy to spend a day or more exploring the ins and outs of the myriad waterfronts and the fort and its famous temple.

Colombo to Trincomalee distance 261.6km

Pathirakali AmmanTemple Trincomalee

Pathirakali Amman Temple – Pathirakali Ambal Kovil – or the Kali Kovil, Trincomalee is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali, a form of the goddess Kali Amman in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.

Velgam Vehera

About 8 miles from Trincomalee, on a path extending beyond the bound of the beautiful tank called Periyakulam (2 miles left just short of Milepost 6 on the Northcoast Road) is a Buddhist temple of unusual interest; Velgam Vihara (Vilgam Vehera), known to Hindus as Natanar Kovil.

Maritime And Naval History Museum

The Maritime and Naval History Museum is a relatively new museum in Trincomalee, as it has been in operation since 2013. Although a new addition, the museum is home to several ancient relics that go back to the days where trade relationships were just established in Sri Lanka, during the time of Marco Polo.

It has been established near to Fort Fredrick where the Dutch first landed to the island in the 16th century. The museum was declared open on 3 February 2013 by then Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa coincide with the country's 65th Independence Day celebrations. The museum is used to display country's maritime history, marine biodiversity and information of the history of the local Naval affairs.

Kanniya Hot Water Springs

Kanniya Hot Springs is a site with hot water wells located in Eastern Province, Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka. Average temperature of these wells is 42 Celsius and the temperature is slightly different to one another. Kanniya Hot spring is popular tourist destination in Trincomalee district and both local & foreign travelers. Currently this is managed by Pradeshiya Sabha (Local Council) of Trincomalee

Marble beach

Marble beach, also known as marble bay beach, is another fine beach in Sri lanka. The beach is situated at the marble bay that comes within the trincomalee’s natural harbor area. When the day is bright and the sea is calm, you can see the surface shining like a marble and that’s how name is derived

Snorkel at Pigeon Island

A 10-minute boat rides out of Nilaveli Beach is a small island with super clear water and a small white sand beach. Pigeon Island is great for a morning or afternoon tour. Don’t forget your snorkel gear.

Koneswaram Temple

From Fort Frederik, you can follow the road until the viewpoint area and Hindu temple Koneswaram. From this area, you can drink a coconut with a view over the whole Trincomalee bay. The temple is built on a great location with an insane drop into the ocean. Make sure the visit the back of the temple area.

Fort Fredrick

Fort Frederik is an old fort built by the Portuguese. These days it is used by the Sri Lankan military but it’s open for visitors. Within the fort, you can see many deer and escape the heat of the day because most of the fort is covered by trees.

Whale Watching

Trincomalee, even though it’s best known for its amazing surf, is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of these whales! Located about 2 hours away from Pasikudah, Trincomalee boasts a bunch of whale watching spots, but the most popular ones are the Nilaveli and Uppuveli beaches.

Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach is a beautiful beach area where you just can chill for the day. In the weekend, locals from all over the country also like to visit Nilaveli because of its white sand. It’s even better to just spot some small roads towards the beach because this brings you the untouched spots!

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