Trincomalee is located 275 kilometres to the north-east of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. The fifth largest natural harbour in the world, Trincomalee, can easily be compared to the Sydney Harbour in Australia and Buenos Aires Harbour in Argentina in terms of size and sheer beauty.
Boasting one of the finest deep-water harbours in the world ‘Trinco,’ as it is fondly known by locals, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches nature has to offer. When you visit Sri Lanka, do make it a point to travel to Trincomalee to enthral your senses with the captivating beauty of Nilaveli and Uppaveli beaches. These beaches are in par with the best in the world and there are some fantastic hotels that can accommodate you as well.
The name Trincomalee comes from ‘trikona’ (triangle) and ‘malai’ (hill) in Tamil due to the rock on the headland being shaped like a triangle. When travelling to Sri Lanka and visiting Trincomalee, your guide will brief you on the rich history of the district which dates back over two thousand five hundred years and is said to be one of the oldest cities in Asia. It had been the capital of a number of Eastern Kingdoms of the Vanni country under the Pallava, Chola and Pandya dynasties. Trincomalee is also home to the largest Dutch Fort in the country.
Although heavily affected by the 30 year civil war in Sri Lanka, today ‘Trinco’ has developed greatly and increased in popularity as a holiday destination among tourists as well as locals.
Besides its picture-perfect beaches, Trincomalee showcases many attractions that are sure to please even the most discerning travellers. The Dutch Fort is one highlight not to be missed. Another feature not to be missed is Kanniyai, located just 8 kilometres from the city. Kanniyai is home to the seven hot springs which possess therapeutic properties and vary in temperature from one well to another. Lover’s Leap, source of the tragic love story of Francina van Reed who flung herself off the 400 foot cliff when her fiancé broke off their engagement, is also quite popular. Since of late, Trincomalee has become a popular destination for whale watching. To add to this, Nilaveli and Uppaveli have their own dive centres where you can really experience nature’s beauty as you indulge in diving, snorkelling and swimming.
Start planning your holiday in Sri Lanka today for a memorable dose of picturesque sceneries, history and adventure, courtesy of the beautiful district of Trincomalee.