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Why visit Trincomalee during your next vacation in Sri Lanka

Visit Trincomalee

By Ama WijeratnePublished 3 months ago 3 min read
Why visit Trincomalee during your next vacation in Sri Lanka
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Trincomalee is a small coastal town in the east of Sri Lanka. Though small in stature it is of significance due to the strategically positioned Trincomalee Harbour with many naval movements during ancient times. At present, it does not fail to fascinate visitors with its landscape, rich culture, awesome beaches, and impressive landmarks enticing visitors to discover the many hidden gems here.

Fort Fredrick

A fine example of the colonial heritage of Sri Lanka, Fort Fredrick also referred to as Trincomalee Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1624 at the narrow peninsula of Trincomalee. It was renovated by the Dutch later in 1665 and named Fort Fredrick. It fell under British rule in 1795. Today it remains a symbol of heritage having been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

The artillery and cannons on display inside the Fort are well appreciated by visitors using Trincomalee beach hotels who are also fascinated by the breathtaking views of Trincomalee Beach from the Fort. The spotted deer that keep roaming inside the Fort are an added feature of wildlife they experience here.

Iconic Thiru Koneswaram Temple

This famous ancient Hindu Temple which is well adorned with sculptures of brilliant hues on the exterior is an impressive edifice dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to 400 BC, it is situated at the end of the peninsula within the environs of Fort Fredrick. Being considered one of the Pancha Ishwaram (one of the 5 abodes of Lord Shiva) Thiru Koneswaram temple is one of the most important Hindu temples on the island and has a unique feature of a 1000-pillared hall.

Although the temple blossomed initially, during the colonization by the Portuguese the temple with 1000 pillars was pillaged and destroyed. However, during the colonization by the Dutch and the British rebuilding and renovation of this sacred temple was allowed.

Today, this is a much venerated and visited Hindu shrine on the island by locals as well as visitors.

Enchanting Beach Experiences

Trincomalee has several scenic beaches which are worth exploring during your visit there.

Marble Beach – A wide and beautiful beach with crystal clear waters gently caressing the shore. When the sun shines the surface of the water resembles a polished stone of marble thus being endowed with its name. Many guests from hotels like Trinco Blu by Cinnamon enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this uncrowded beach.

Trinco Beach (Dutch Bay Beach) – A picturesque beach off the cliffs of Koneswaram temple, this beach is good for swimming, watersports, and sunbathing.

Nilaveli Beach – A long beach with inviting golden sand and calm water with great opportunities for snorkelling.

Uppuveli Beach – A long stretch of beach extending to almost 5 km, this beach with subtle waves is great for swimming.

Snorkelling at Pigeon Island

Trincomalee offers many good diving and snorkelling sites and one of the best among them is at the Pigeon Island National Park offering a variety of marine life and breathtaking coral reef.

Most visitors coming to Nilaveli Beach and Uppuveli Beach extend their excursion to Pigeon Island to enjoy snorkelling and diving. Reef sharks, turtles, a variety of corals and tropical fish offer a canvas of beauty underwater giving the enthusiastic snorkellers a few hours of pleasure.

Whale Watching

Trincomalee is one of the seasonal habitats of the largest mammal on the earth, the Blue Whale. From April to September whales are seen off the coast of Trinco. Whale watching can be done in Trinco by joining a tour which takes interested visitors into the deep sea.

This experience of whale watching and even swimming with Blue Whales is an experience of a lifetime that can be savoured in Trincomalee, making your overall experience an unforgettable one.

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