Attractions in Trincomalee
Discover the enchanting town of Trincomalee, a vibrant city by the sea on Sri Lanka’s north eastern coast. Long regarded as one of the finest natural deepwater harbours in the world, Trinco has attracted some famous seafarers to its shores, such as Marco Polo and Ptolemy. The region is awash with a multitude of natural and cultural attractions in Trincomalee ripe for discovery.
Trincomalee is synonymous with pristine white sands and sparkling sapphire waters, and you will discover these priceless elements on the famous Nilaveli and Uppuveli beaches, located 6km and 16km respectively out of the town. These crystalline waters offer ample opportunities for water sports such as scuba-diving, snorkelling, surfing, fishing and whale-watching. Just off the coast of Nilaveli is the famous Pigeon Island, a rocky little islet that is a bustling breeding ground for the blue rock pigeons.
Experience the splendour of the Koneswaram Hindu Temple, one of the prime attractions in Trincomalee, which is an iconic tribute to the deity of Shiva in Hindu cosmology. The temple features an ornate and colourful Gopuram (a monumental tower) poised above its entrance, which captures the opulent South Indian style of architecture of many Hindu temples across the globe.
The hot springs at Kanniyai are situated a short 8km from Trinco’s city proper. Stone walls enclose seven springs, which offer the visitor a sublime plunge in warm waters famed for their therapeutic properties.
Trincomalee is a lively Sri Lankan city where you can create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime, so come and explore its wonders.