Trincomalee, located about 200 km from Colombo, is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. During last few decades, security situation prevented visitors to Trincomalee. With the end of Sri Lankan conflict, visitors flock to Trincomalee to enjoy its’ beauty.
Trincomalee, which was previously known as Gokanne, played a major role in maritime and international history. While seafarers used natural harbor in Trincomalee for maritime expedition, ancient Sri Lankan kings conducted trade with outside world from Trincomalee. Dutch, Holland, and United Kingdom who occupied coastal part of Sri Lanka from 15th century to 20th century gave prominence to Trincomalee due to its’ strategic significance to Asian security.
Two famous tourist attractions in Trincomalee are white beaches in Nilaveli and Uppaweli. While Nilaveli beach is about 6 km form Trincomalee town, Uppaweli beach is about 24 km from town. White beaches are clean and wide, and water level extends up to 100 meters at knee level. So visitors can walk about 100 meters to sea. Nilaveli and Uppaweli beaches are famous for sun bathing and wind surfing.
Pigeon Island is also an attractive place to visit. It is about 3 km from Nilaweli beach, and it is an excellent location to watch coral reefs and exotic fish. It is also a great place for a private sun bathing. Visitors can hire a boat to Pigeon Island.
Another attractive location in Trincomalee is Swami Rock in former Dutch port, Port Fredrick. Once you climb to the top of Swami Rock, you can observe the entrance to Trincomalee harbor. It is a beautiful view. On the top of swami rock, you can visit famous Hindu temple.
Another two tourist attractions are Kokilai Lagoon and Thiriyaya. Kokilai lagoon has verity of birds migrated from other part of the world. Thiriyaya is an ancient temple in the same area. According to history, two ancient traders from India have built Thiriyaya Dagaba during the time of Lord Buddha.
Trincomalee is also famous for whale and dolphin watching. Several varieties of whales such as Sperm whales, Bryde’s whales, and Blue whales are living around Trincomalee. Visitors can hire a deep sea water boat from local owners.
There are several hotels and restaurants in Trincomalee, and they serve variety of foods such as western food, Asian foods, and Chinese foods. Some popular hotels in Trincomalee are Palm Beach Hotel, Club Oceanic Hotel, and Nilawali Beach Hotel. Hotels rates are reasonable.
Trincomalee is regaining its’ popularity as place of tourist attraction after decades of conflict. Natural beauty, white sand beaches, exotic fish attract visitors from all over the world. Trincomalee is a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka now.