A fine natural Inner Harbour to the west
Trincomalee on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka with its magnificent coast is now becoming increasingly propular with visitors to the country. Blessed with sunny weather throughout the year with more than a dozen sheltered bays, white sand beaches, a sea that is uniformly calm and placid and warm and offering the underwater photographer and explorer a variety of visual delights. 'Trinco' as it is briefly known has all the natural ingredients to tempt a sea-lover and may be reached from Colombo by rail, road or air.
Trincomalee's best known endowment is its harbour believed to be one of the largest, safest and the most picturesque natural harbours in the world.
Fort Frederick named after Frederick the Great, where part of its walls still stand is the next focal point of interest in Trincomalee besides the harbour.
The great Hindu Shrine sacred to Koneswaran and one of the five Isvaram Hindu Shrines of the Saintly world, which crowned Swami Rock, Fort Frederick's eastern precipice, is replaced today by a modern temple.
About 8 miles from Trincomalee, on a path extending beyond the bound of the beautiful tank called Periyakulam is a Buddhist Temple of unusual interest: Velgam Vihara known to Hindus as Natar Kovil
Much further along the Northcoast Road is the splendid 7 th century vatadage at Tiriyaya, one of the finest Circular Shrines in the island.
Southeast of Trincomalee, across the great Koddiyar Bay, is the celebrated site called Seruwawila with its dagaba built in the 3 rd century B.C. by King Kavantiss, father of Dutta Gamini, to enshrine the Frontal Bone Relic of the Buddha.
Just over 5 miles from town a branch to the left off the Anuradhapura Road leads to the Hot Springs of Kanniyai.
In Trincomalee town, beyond the virtues of its situation there is not a great deal to see except for the Vishnu Temple and Wellington House in Fort Frederick.
Trincomalee stands poised for greater things, with the Dead Man's Cove, Sweat Bay and Marble Bay earmarked for ambitious tourism development.
Things you can do
- Kanniyai Hot Wells, 7km northwest of Trinco
- Koneswaram Kovil (Hindu temple) & Swami Rock Trinco town
- Pigeon Island, opposite Nilveli coast line
- Aragum Bay
- Pottuvil Lagoon River Excursion with Natural Recycling Eco Society
- Jafna is steeped with history and the remaining poverty and destruction of war time. The numerous Hindu temples, mosques, and Buddhist shrines plus Jaffna Fort will be of interest to a historian
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