Choose to visit Trincomalee, a port city and a resort destination. A major maritime port in Sri Lanka' trading history and having been under Portugese, Dutch, French and the British, the city's architecture is a fusion of European influences on native style. A short drive from China Bay, one of the country's main naval and air force bases, Trincomalee is popular amongst the experiential traveller to Sri Lanka for its beautiful, quiet and romantic beaches in Uppuvelli, Kuchchuvelli and Nilaveli. Beaches are at their best from May – October, which is also the ideal time for diving, snorkelling and other watersports. For Whale & Dolphin Watching visit the destination from February – April.
A short 2km boat ride from the shores of Nilaveli Beach is the Pigeon Island national Park. Snorkeling around the Island allows one to come in close contact with underwater life including fluorescent fish and the beautiful corals that Trinco's coral reef is famous for.
Visit Fort Fredrick, located at the foot of Swami rock on a peninsula North East of the town center. The Fort, built in 1623 by the Portuguese was captured in 1639 by the Dutch and used thereafter by the British. The revered Hindu Kovil - Koneswaram temple - was founded on top of the rock as a Shiva temple which is described in the epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The rock is also known for the lover's leap – a spot that has a vertical drop of 400 ft to the Indian Ocean.
The seven hot springs of Kinniya known to be of therapeutic value and considered to have healing powers for those affected by arthritis and rheumatism as well certain skin diseases attract a vast amount of visitors during the year. Visitors who are permitted to bathe from all seven springs are not allowed to soap and are urged to be respectful as the hot springs are situated in the premises of a place of worship.
The morning stroll on the beaches of Trinco gives you a glimpse to the morning ritual of Fishing folks. The long and strong nets that are deposited in the ocean overnight by boat are pulled to shore by a group of strong men numbering between 10 and 20 who will serenade the curious visitor with soothing melodies of folk songs. After a strenuous work out of 2 hours or more, the net gets collected on the beach with their daily catch and the beach turns in to a mini auction with buyers wanting the freshest of seafood for their daily meals.
Off the shores of Trinco offers a variety of diving experiences for the professional and the amateur alike. With Shipwrecks dating from World War II to a few years ago and reef and rock formations along with corals and a variety of marine life, Trinco is a great diving destination for all. With PADI instructors available at many hotels and dive centers, you can dive up to the deepest site of 42 meters.
Trinco is a hot spot for watching blue whales, sperm whales and Dolphins. Local operators as well as the Sri Lanka Navy have planned tours at sunrise to take the adventurous out to watch a "song" and "dance" by the Whales and the Dolphins respectively.