Trincomalee one of the finest natural deep-water harbours in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, which is considered as the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination as well. The Dive centres at Nilaveli and Uppuveli offer touriststhe opportunity to enjoy their holidays in diving, snorkeling and swimming. The Trincomalee district, referred as Gokanna or Gokarna in the historical chronicles and inscriptions, is studded with a multitude of ruins of ancient Buddhist temples and is considered a major Buddhist cultural and archaeological site of Sri Lanka. The seven hot springs at Kanniya located a mere 8km from Trincomalee attract regular crowds throughout the year in view of the therapeutic properties of the water as well as the varying temperatures from one well to the other.
Trincomalee is one of the major sea ports in the world. Fort Fredrick, also known as Trincomalee Fort, entrance to the fort is currently monitored as it is used as an army garrison, however visitors are given the opportunity to either walk or drive into the fort and visit the famous Koneswaram Temple. The temple is built atop ‘Swamy Rock’, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee. Koneswaram Temple, earlier knows as the temple of thousand Pillars and lover’s leap are the major attractions covered in this city tour in addition to fish and vegetable markets. According to historical information, Portuguese had demolished the old Koneswaram Temple and they build this fort with the parts of that. Occupying the neck of a narrow peninsula, Trincomalee Fort (Fort Fredrick) has been a defensively important site for centuries. The Lover's Leap is also located near Koneswaram Temple and gives the viewers a breathtaking and thrilling scenic view.
Well known for its pristine and undisturbed beaches, Trincomalee is often overlooked by visitors as a historic destination. However, its world-class deep water harbour acted as a passageway for trade during the Anuradhapuran and Polonnaruwan periods, as well as during colonial times, and as a result Trincomalee has a lot to offer. You will also visit the World War II Cemetery and will learn about the harbour that is so central to Trincomalee’s history.