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    Best time to Visit Trincomalee Trincomalle: Aug,Sep,Oct

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage
    Leisure: Beaches

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Trincomalee attracts tourist not just for its unspoilt, white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters; but also for its rich history. Trincomalee is possibly the site of historic Gokana in the Mahavamsa (Great Chronicle), and its Shiva temple the site of Trikuta Hill in the Hindu text Vayu Purana.

    This city remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai. Koneswaram Temple (also historically known as the Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil), is Trincomalee’s most culturally important site.

     

    Trincomalee is commonly referred as Trinco.


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    Koneswaram temple / Koneswaram Kovil

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    Koneswaram temple is a hindu temple, with main deity Lord Shiva. The place is surrounded on three sides by the sea. This city remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai. Koneswaram Temple (also historically known as the Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil), is Trincomalee’s most culturally important site. It is a vibrant religious complex located atop a rocky hill that opens out to gorgeous vistas of the sparkling blue ocean. Thiru Koneswaram Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva, and is also called as Dakshina- Kailasam. This temple has a huge complex housing the deities of Bhadrakali, Ganesha, Vishnu Thirumal, Surya, Raavana, Ambal-Shakti, Murugan and Shiva who presides at the promontory’s height.
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      Sami Rock / Lover’s Leap / Swami Rock

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      The Koneswaram temple complex is also home to the Swami Rock, a rocky pinnacle worshipped by passing fishermen. Swami Rock, which is nicknamed as Lovers’ Leap, after its association with Francina van Reede, a Dutch woman who is said to have jumped from here in the late 17th century. It's also a famous spot for spotting blue whales, especially from February to November.
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        Shankari Devi Shakthi Peetam / Sankari Devi Shakthi Peedam Temple

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        Sankari Devi Shakthi Peedam Temple, a place of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Sati. Shankari Temple, is one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). Lankaayaam Shaankari Devi in Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Shloka; refers to this place, which means Shankari in Lanka.
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          Fort Frederick

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          Fort Frederick is a well maintained fort. It was initially constructed by the Portuguese in 1623 , rebuilt by the Dutch and then commandeered by the British, now occupied by the Sri Lankan military. You will be able to explore most of the fort by foot or car. The fortress contains many colonial-era buildings and also a Gokana Temple, which houses a big and impressive standing Buddha statue. You will be rewarded with fine views of Trinco and the coastline from here.
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            Uppuveli and Nilaveli

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            Uppuveli and Nilaveli are neighbouring beaches of Trincomalee, which witness a lot of beach tourist. The coast here is golden and palm-fringed with a mellow ambience making for a perfect holiday destination.
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              Whale watching

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              Trincomalee is considered another popular destination for whale watching (after Mirissa). Whales can be observed from viewpoints at Koneswaram or via boat excursions. Whale Watching Recognized as one of the best vantage points by oceanographers for whale watching, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to spot blue whales (between March and April) and sperm whales (between August and September).
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                Manayaweli Bay / Manayaweli Cove

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                Manayaweli Bay is a fishing beach. The sand and water is very clean and offers a good swimming spot.
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                  Maritime And Naval History Museum

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                  Maritime And Naval History Museum is a grand 18th-century Dutch colonial building which displays Sri Lankan naval history back from Marco Polo's time. It also houses useful information on the flora and fauna of unique Pigeon Island.
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                    Kanniya Hot Springs / Kanniya Seven Hot Wells

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                    The Kanniya Hot Springs is believed to have first been mentioned in the Ramayana. The seven wells have seven varying temperatures of water from lukewarm to extremely hot.
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                      Marble Beach and Diamond Hill

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                      The Marble Bay Beach is popular for snorkeling and diving in Trincomalee. The highlight of the beach is its fine sand and the sightings of peacocks. Diamond Hill is a viewpoint near Marble Beach. It offers a fabulous view of the city.
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                        Pigeon Island National Park

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                        Pigeon Island National Park is at a distance of 18 kms from Trincomalee. It is located 1km of the coast of Nilaveli. The island has a fascinating rage of historic sites. It has number of attractions and amenities which include restaurants, pubs and beautiful beaches. With powdery white sand, volcanic rocks and lush thickets, this island attracts lot of tourists.
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                          Arisimale Beach

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                          Arisimale Beach is at a distance of 52 kms from Trincomalee. The beach gains its name because of its textured sand that resembles rice grains. This beautiful beach is a perfect hideout destination.
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                            Seruwawila Rajamaha Viharaya

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                            Seruwawila Rajamaha Viharaya is about 40 kms south of Trincomalee. This stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist monuments in Sri Lanka, dating back to 2nd century BC
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                              Wilpattu National Wildlife Park

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                              Wilpattu National Wildlife Park is at a distance of 144 kms from Trincomalee. It is located in the island of Sri Lanka. This is place is called as “ten lakes” in tamil. This place is located with dense forest where Safari is popular.
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                                Thuparamaya

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                                Thuparamaya is at a distance of 104 kms from Trincomalee. It is the first stupa built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism. The unique feature of this temple is the architecture of stupa house. This place is beautifully adorned by pair of guard stones at the entrance. The pillars was built in the shape of lotus and it is said to be as the first to house of tooth relic of Buddha.
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                                  Ruwanwelisaya Dagaba

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                                  Ruwanwelisaya is at a distance of 105 kms from Trincomalee. This is said to be the oldest stupa in Sri Lanka. The stupa is fully coloured with white and popular for its architectural qualities and famous for Buddhist all over the world. The architecture designed the dome to resemble as bubble of milk.
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                                    By Train
                                    There are frequent trains from Colombo to Trincomalee.

                                    By Bus
                                    Trincomalee has frequent bus service from Colombo, Kandy.

                                    You can book a Trincomalee sightseeing tour from Navigers, and have your private vehicle for your entire Sri Lanka holiday.

                                     

                                    Here are some distances from Trincomalee's neighbouring cities:
                                    Colombo    -    265 kms
                                    Kandy -    178 kms
                                    Nuwara Eliya - 254 kms
                                    Bentota - 318 kms