Things to do from Trincomalee
Trincomalee is located 257km away from Colombo, in the Trincomalee district of the North-eastern coast.
Trincomalee can be reached by main motor roads from Colombo as well as by railway line.
The Trincomalee Bay well protected by two headlands forms an inner harbor to the north of the bay, making Trincomalee secure harbor accessible to all types of craft in all weathers.
Nilaweli and Uppuveli 16km and 6km north of the city are among the best beaches of the Eastern Coast of in Sri Lanka. With shallow seas spreading out hundreds of meters into the sea, these beaches afford safe opportunities for water sports. The hotels in and around Trincomalee are geared to extend facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.
Fort Fredrick at Swami Rock
On a shear rocky outcrop named "Swami Rock", several meters high above the sea is the Fort Frederick occupied by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British in succession.
Koneswara Hindu Shrine
A Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Koneswara was destroyed by the Portuguese during the period in which they held sway in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka. The modern temple therein today is built on the ruins of the old temple.
Sri Lanka Defence Forces at Trincomalee
Given the strategic location of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Army have set up military bases therein in defence of motherland.
Excursions from Trincomalee
Pigeon Island set in about 1 kilometer offshore set in a coral reef affords opportunity to enjoy with snorkeling. Boat runs to Pigeon Island are run by Sri Lanka Navy.
Somawathie Chaitiya Sanctuary
Serwawila historical Buddhist Shrine
Wilgam Wehera historical Buddhist shrine
Trincomalee Second World War Cemetery
Trincomalee War Cemetery, one of the six commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka, is maintained by Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
About Trincomalee District
Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The Bay of Trincomalee's harbour is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It is home to major Sri Lankan naval bases and a Sri Lankan Air Force base.
Most of the Tamils and Sinhalese believe that this place is sacred to them and they are the indigenous people of the area. Trincomalee and its environs have both Hindu and Buddhist sites of historical importance. These sites are sacred to the Hindus and Buddhists.
About Eastern Province
The Eastern Province is one of the 9 provinces of Sri Lanka. The provinces have existed since the 19th century but they didn't have any legal status until 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. Between 1988 and 2006 the province was temporarily merged with the Northern Province to form the North-East Province. The capital of the province is Trincomalee. The Eastern province's population was 1,460,939 in 2007. The province is the most diverse in Sri Lanka, both ethnically and religiously.
Eastern province has an area of 9,996 square kilometers (3,859.5 sq mi).The province is surrounded by the Northern Province to the north, the Bay of Bengal to the east, the Southern Province to the south, and the Uva, Central and North Central provinces to the west. The province's coast is dominated by lagoons, the largest being Batticaloa lagoon, Kokkilai lagoon, Upaar Lagoon and Ullackalie Lagoon.