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Trincomalee is a port town and an administrative center in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. It is one of the main centres for Tamil speaking culture and known for a cove, lagoon, coral reef, and a long beautiful sandy shore. The city is built in a peninsula and it divides the inner and outer harbors. It’s said that this harbor is the second largest natural harbor in the world, which is a secured gateway for various types of sea crafts in all weather conditions including monsoons.

The area has earned the tourists attraction where whale watching, scuba diving, and surfing can be done. During the season between May and September on East Cost, tourists started pouring in as West and South were in the off-season. Many hotels have been constructed and its land value has been ski rocketed. Today Trincomalee is the most popular beach resort town in East cost.

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  • approx. 253km South of Colombo
  • approx. 8 hr by car from Colombo


  • Province
  • District
  • Area
    7.5 km2
  • Population

Key Point

  • Beautiful beach
  • Ocean sports activities
  • Dolphin & Whale watching: June~Sept.
To do and see
  • Koneswaram Kovil

    It is a Hindu temple that was used to call “Temple of Thousand Pillars”. It was built and decorated by the Colas, Pandyan, Pallava from India. It was destroyed in 1624 by Portugal and reconstructed later. Many Indian religious believers still visit this shrine.

  • Kanniya Hot Wells

    It is a legend hot spring created by the sword of King Ravana of Hindu. There are seven hot wells in a square shape. Tamil believe that the sacred hot wells will cure sickness.

    Entrance fee: free

  • Velgam Raja Maha Viharaya

    It is a ruin of Buddhist temple over 2000 years old. It was buried in deep jungle.

  • Scuba diving

    As west coast area were untouched for a long time, there are still many untouched nature. The diving season is April to October.

  • Dolphin & Whale watching

    It is even possible to observe dolphins and whales from the shore. The season is between June and September.

  • Pigeon Island

    It is a small island surrendered with coral reefs. It is a national park and home for 100 kinds of coal reef, over 300 kinds of tropical fish and sea turtles. It is a good place for snorkeling and diving.

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