Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, which is considered as the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to the fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli, and off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination as well. The Dive centers at Nilaveli and Uppuveli offer tourists the opportunity to enjoy their holidays in diving, snorkeling, and swimming.
The Trincomalee district referred to as Gokanna or Gokarna in the historical chronicles and inscriptions, is studded with a multitude of ruins of ancient Buddhist temples and is considered a major Buddhist cultural and archaeological site of Sri Lanka. The seven hot springs at Kanniya located a mere 8km from Trincomalee attract regular crowds throughout the year in view of the therapeutic properties of the water as well as the varying temperatures from one well to the other.
Located in the north-west coastal area with amazing tourist attractions the pigeon island and the old fort from colonial ages, watersports and the amazing beaches. Nilaveli is a beach like no other with the presence of this unique pearly sand giving the feeling of bliss to anyone who is stepping on the beach . also nilaveli area is popular for watersports such as diving also the option to feel the amazing sun and have a sunbath is always available in the nilaveli beach for the tourists.
Pigeon Island with powdery white sand, volcanic rocks, and lush thickets, certainly looks every bit the idyllic desert island. However, the recent surge in tourism means you’ll struggle to find a quiet spot and the once pristine reef is clearly in decline. To combat this, many areas have now been cordoned off. The island is located offshore from Nilaveli with tours lasting around two hours. They can be organized at your hotel.
Kanniya Hot Springs
The seven geothermal wells at Kanniya are a popular destination for holidaying Sri Lankans, locals and international tourists alike. You’ll also likely see Sri Lankan school parties visiting and playing in the wells. If you want to bathe, there are separate changing rooms provided for ladies and gentlemen. However, if you do bathe, be warned: you will attract plenty of attention. Note that the use of soap is prohibited.
Sri Lanka has emerged as one of the world’s major whale-watching destinations. While Mirissa on the south coast is the most popular spot for whale watching, we do not recommend it. The alternative option of Trinco has excellent excursions not yet loudly touted with the specific objective of “not turning into Mirissa” we’re told. Whales can be observed from viewpoints at Koneswaram or via boat excursions. The season runs from May to October.
Thirukoneswaram, or the Holy Koneswaram Temple, is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The temple lies on a high rocky promontory surrounded on three sides by the sea. It bears a history of over three millennia with its records indicating its roots in 1580 BC. This, still beautiful, historical monument is what remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai, India.
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