The nation’s port harbor, Trincomalee is to the more northeast of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is a popular attraction to both travellers and locals due to its commercial reputation and the maritime location. The city is rich with a bundle of offers to the guests, whether it’s traveling with children, loved ones, and friends or merely by yourself. The guests can make their journey the best through the elements of spiritual experiences, natural wonders and elements of relaxation come together. . Most people just pass through the city on their way to the nearby beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli, but the town has some charm, lots of history and an interesting melange of people.
ATTRACTIONS IN TRINCOMALEE
- THIRUKONESWARAM TEMPLE
Thirukoneswaram, or the Holy Koneswaram Temple, is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The temple lies on a high rocky promontory surrounded on three sides by the sea. It has a history of over three millennia where its roots in 1580 BC according to the legend.This, still beautiful, historical monument is what remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai, India. This was zealously destroyed by the Portuguese in the 17th century. The remains of the old temple still lie on the sea bed to have a look.
- PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
The island got its name from the rock pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Floating in the great blue 1km offshore, Pigeon Island, with its powdery white sands and glittering coral gardens, tantalize with possibilities. A nesting area for rock pigeons, the island is beautiful enough, with rock pools and paths running through thickets, but it’s the underwater landscape that’s the real star. The reef here is shallow, making snorkeling almost as satisfying as diving, and it’s home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish and turtles.
- NILAVELI BEACH
Another beach resort in Trincomalee is Nilaveli, which is far less intimate than Uppuveli, with hotels scattered up and down little lanes off the coastal highway – it’s around four kilometres from one end of the village to the other. If you’re looking for some serious beach time, then Nilaveli could be just the ticket, for the sands are golden and the ocean inviting. Offshore, Pigeon Island offers fine diving and snorkeling.
- DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING
Trincomalee has won a great attraction as an important Whales and Dolphin watching destination. The best season for Whale and Dolphin watching in Trincomalee is May to October. During your excursion you will be able to spot various species of Dolphins and Whales, for instance; Bottlenose dolphin, Spinner Dolphin, Fraser’s Dolphin, Blue Whale, Killer Whale, Bryde’s whale and many more. During this season the ocean remains in tranquil, providing the most perfect surrounding to watch Whales and Dolphins in a closer proximity.