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Trincomalee - World's Finest Deep Water Natural Habour
Trincomalee is located nearly 260 km north-east of Sri Lanka. The main important fact is this is the best natural deep water harbour in the world. And also this is a commercial hub in Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is famous for the great beaches and one and only landscape of the area. Fishing is the main income of many local people in this area, If you are visiting this area, don’t forget to have some great seafood.
Important facts about Trincomalee
- Area : 7.5 km²
- Weather: 28°C, Wind NE at 16 km/h, 75% Humidity
- Province: Eastern Province
Journey from Sigiriya Lake to Trincomalee is about 2 hours.
We started our journey from Sigiriya. It’s a 100 km drive to Trincomalee and it might take 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive. On the way to Trincomalee, we passed Habarana and also Galoya area which has a great bio diversity and lots of natural beauty. You can stay few hours there , perfect places for nice photography.
There are many places to visit in Trincomalee. If you are planning only 1 day for Trincomalee, that’s not going to be enough. At least you have to spend 1 night and spend 2 days in Trincomalee to get the most of it.
Important places around Trincomalee
- Koneswaram Temple
- Fort Fredrick
- Lovers Leap
- Pathirakali Amman Temple
- Dutch Bay
- Trincomalee British War Cemetery
- Trincomalee Harbour
- Sober Island
- Trincomalee beach
Koneswaram Temple (Hindu Temple)
When you are visiting Trincomalee, don’t miss this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is a great king among Tamil people. This is one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka and stories goes to the age of King Ravana. There are many legends around here, This temple is created according to Dravidian architecture. If you are traveling in this area, and if you are more interested about Hindu culture and need to know about them, this is the best place around Trincomalee.
At the entrance of the temple, you can see many deers and also small shops to buy sweets and small things.
You can see this kind of traditional artowrks in thie temple.
This is a traditional belief in Sri Lanka. By doing like this, people wish their problems will go away and wish for a happy life.
After spending time at the temple, we went to Trincomalee beach. One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Since many people visit this area, beach area is bit crowded. But it has an amazing and unique view. This is a good area for water sports and also swimming.
If you can go to Nilaveli beach, you can visit Pigeon Island too. You have to take a boat ride and it will cost around LKR 3000 per boat and it’s like 30 mins to Pigeon island from mainland. The main importance is Pigeon island is one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. This area is also famous for Coral and numerous species of marine life.
This is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. You can see small islands, rocks and also a temple near this beach. Perfect place for a vacation.
We found some nice sea shells here. The beach is so clean. It's a good place for a swim and also surfing. sometimes beach gets rough.
After spending some time at the beach, we wanted to eat something. If you are looking for some classy and good quality restaurants, they are so rare in this area. You can enjoy a seafood meal, but most of the places are not so good. But we finally found this place near the beach.
The name of the place is “Dutch Bank Cafe”. This is the same old location of the old Dutch Bank. This is the reason for the name of this restaurant. We had our lunch and also next day breakfast from this place because this is the only good place we could find in this area.This is the restaurant and also Inn.
You can enjoy a nice breakfast here. in 2018, the average price of this is LKR 1200.00
A mug of hot chocolate. My persoanl favourite.
Coffee and Tea is also a good alternative if you don't like hot chocolate.
Left side photos shows you the lunch we had. It's beef , some rice and vegetables. That's really good. And the right side photos shows you the cream cappuccino I had after my lunch.
There are many places to spend a night in Trincomalee. You can select a hotel as you like to spend for that. And also there are many home stay like places and bed and breakfast places around here. Always be careful to look for comments and reviews if you are booking online.
Trincomalee is a good place to travel and have a good vacation. But if you are living there, life is not so comfortable and easy. There are no enough facilities in villages and cities of Trincomalee. Some people only work for meals without getting paid.This is a common view in this area. Some old people also trying to make some living by doing various of things.
You can see some very old buildings in this area. Owners are not interested to make them or these owners are dead because of the civil war we had in Sri Lanka many years ago.
This is a sunny area. So if you don't like too much of Sun, this is not the perfect vacation for you.
The next day, we planned to Visit Kinniya Bridge because it’s the longest bridge in Sri Lanka with the length of nearly 400 meters. And we planned this bridge because we wanted to visit Batticaloa. If you are travelling in this area, this is a must watch place and don’t miss this. This bridge is created after the Sri Lankan civil war with LTTE terrorists. When you are using drone, you can see a nice temple ( stupa ) is next to the bridge.
This is the longest bridge in Sri Lanka which was built by Sri Lankan army after the civil war. The view is remarkable and this is a landmark in this area.
If you are using a drone, make sure to follow all the rules. There is a air port in this area. So please ve kind enough to stay under the maximum distance and height limitations. You can see this amazing view to a drone. This is also next to the Kinniya Bridge.
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