Trincomalee, one of the largest deep water harbours in the world, is located
on the north-east part of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee has served Sri Lanka as an
important seaport since the times of ancient days. On the Swami Rock stands
one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. In Second World War, Trinco
was the headquarters of Allied South-East Asia Command.
Place of Intrest
Hot Springs of Kanniya
On the way to Trincomalee is the small town of Kanniya where lie seven hot
springs. All these springs are within a rectangular enclosure of high walls.
The springs are seperated from one another by dwarf walls.
Dutch Fort and Naval Museum
The ruins of Fort Frederick or the Dutch Fort can be seen on the way
leading to Koneswaram. The fort was actually built by the Portuguese. The
Dutch took over it in 1639. Till Sri Lanka acquired independence in 1948,
the Dutch Fort changed hands between four European power: Portuguese, Dutch,
French and British. Late the fort was made a naval base.
A naval museum named Hoods Naval Museum is also located in the navy base.
Harbour of Trincomalee is the third largest natural harbour in world. Naval
strategic importance of Trincomalee had a great role in shaping its history.
Many powers tried to capture this important fort, and in the process, fought
several sea battles. Currently Sri Lankan is trying to develop Trincomalee
as a commercial harbour.
Tiriyayi, located 35km off Trincomalee, is a place of Buddhist interest.
Ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery have been discovered here. A Sanskrit
inscription on a rock names the shrine Giri Kandi Caitiya.
Legend holds that Swami Rock, a rocky outcrop, was once a colossal Hindu
temple dedicated to Lord Koneswara. A new temple is now built near the
location. Friday evening pujas here are very colorful. Point of Lover's Leap
is located within the Swami Rock.
Nilaweli and Uppuveli, considered among the best beaches in Sri Lanka, are
very good for activities like snorekelling and sunbathing. Both the beaches
are located 16 km and 6km off the town respectively. are among the best
beaches in Sri Lanka. Knee deep shallow seas goes out hundreds of feet
inside the sea.
Distance from Major Towns