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Trincomalee

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Explore the town’s history and sensational beaches

Trincomalee is an east coast town that is based around a natural deep-water harbor which has attracted great seafarers for centuries, including traders from China and Arabia and explorers such as Ptolemy and Marco Polo. Aside from the sprawling beaches of soft white sand and wide range of thrilling water-sports on offer (including sailing trips around this stunning section of coastline and snorkeling at nearby Pigeon Island), Trincomalee town boasts a Dutch Fort as well as the iconic Koneswaram Hindu kovil and a WWII cemetery. Visitors can also relax at the Kanniyai Hot Springs.

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Fun Facts

  • Trincomalee, an anglicized form of the Tamil word ‘Tiru-kona-malai’, meaning ‘Lord of the Sacred Hill’, is a reference to the town's ancient Koneswaram temple.

Experiences & Things to Do at Trincomalee

Sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran – Passikudah and Trincomalee - Trincomalee -  Sri Lanka In Style
Sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran – Passikudah and Trincomalee

Set sail into the ocean for a day of snorkelling, swimming and stand-up paddle-boarding. The trip lasts around 3 hours.

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Whale watching – Trincomalee

Head over to Trincomalee Harbor and take a boat out to sea for around 30 minute where you’ll come across dolphins turtles blue whales and sperm whales


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