Tourist Places to Visit in Trincomalee

Koneswaram Temple, Fort Frederick, Pathirakali Amman Temple, Velgam Vehera, Maritime and Naval History Museum, Pigeon Island National Park, Trincomalee War Cemetery and many more.

Located on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee is a remarkable natural harbor oozing with history and fascinating sites. From ancient temples to alluring beaches, Trincomalee got you covered!  So put on your traveling shoes and come join us to explore the best places to visit in Trincomalee at economical prices!

As Trincomalee is located along the coastline of the Indian Ocean you can find various sandy beaches to spend quality time with your loved ones. Some of the best places to see in Trincomalee like the Pigeon Island let you indulge in water sport activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are an arts and history lover then you can wander around the Hindu pilgrimage, Koneswaram temple, or Pathirakali Amman temple. If you wish to learn more about the history and culture of the place, the locals here predominantly speak Tamil and are really friendly and welcoming.

Here are the some best places to visit in Trincomalee:

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Also known as the Temple Of Thousand pillars, the Konark Temple is dedicated to Shiva or Vishnu and is the first known stone temple in India. It was constructed by a Chola emperor and renovated by one of his successors in about 1120 CE. The construction materials for the temple are cut sandstone from a quarry and belong to three different types of granite from Trikuta mountains.

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Fort Frederick has a great historical value and serves as the main landmark as it was destroyed and resurrected from the debris. Built on the ruins of the well renowned ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple, it is located at Swami Rock-Konamalai, in the northeastern part of Sri Lanka. The fort is also a popular tourist destination for those interested in learning more about Sri Lanka's culture and history.

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Popularly known as the Kali Kovil, the Pathirakali Amman Temple is a ravishing site of worship and symbolic pure faith dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali. Located in the prime location of eastern province of Trincomalee, this temple consists of a sacred central shrine along with other shrines guarding it from each side, forming a network of beautiful shrines which has attracted pilgrims since the 11th Century.

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The Velgam Vehera Buddhist Temple is another well-known Sri Lankan temple. Since its erection during the reign of King Devanampiyathissa (307–267 BC) in Kanniya, Trincomalee District, eastern Sri Lanka, this temple also known among Hindus as Natanar Kovil, has been an important destination of worship for both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists.

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he origins of this location can be traced back to the 17th century, however it wasn't open to the general public until roughly 2013. This museum, which is located in a prime site near Fort Frederick to honour and inform about the history of the trincomalee fort Frederick, elegantly gives an insight into Sri Lanka's glorious past and marine biodiversity.

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Pigeon Island National Park, with a total area of 471.429 hectares, is one of Sri Lanka's two major marine-based tourism attractions. It is located 1 kilometre off the shore of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province, and contains various ruins of ancient British military facilities that are now a popular tourist attraction. Sri Lankan coral reefs can also be found there

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Honouring the British soldiers that were massacred during the tragic world war two, Trincomalee War Cemetery serves as a memorial harbouring around 300+ graves of soldiers of the Dutch, French, Italian and other allied force armies. Located north of Trincomalee the cemetery can be visited 24/7 by tourists who choose to pay their honourable respect to the deceased. 

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Trincomalee will not fail to catch your fascination with world’s finest natural harbour. It has housed some of the finest beaches in its ambit such as Nilaveli, Uppuveli and Pigeon Island. Trincomalee is accompanied with deep water port which has been the reason for several attacks in the past. If you are lucky you can spot a Blue Whale near Swami Rock which is considered to be the greatest vantage point.


Highlights: If you find historical places to be quite intriguing, you can visit the temple of KandasamyKovil which is one of the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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Witness this heaven on earth 16kms northwest of Trincomalee.You will find here The pristine white sand juxtaposed against the deep blue waters making your ordinary mornings truly extraordinary! This tropical heaven will make you leave all the hectic city life cares behind and get you soaked in this quiet bliss. If you are a true traveller at heart the Nilavaeli beach is an amazing paradise. The bending palms swaying in the wind makes the beach look even more beautiful

Highlights: The blue waters can definitely tempt you to plunge into the waters. If you don’t know diving then our Nilaveli diving centres have experts who can help you out with the same. You can even make a move towards the Pigeon island too which has rocks, pools and dozens of corals.
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6 kms from Trincomalee lies Uppuveliis, a small and sweet village surrounded by beautifully lined palm trees and guest houses. The golden sand of the beach and sparse population and mellow ambience is what makes it one of the best hangouts. It was the famous Trincomalee’s Swami rock which had protected this small village from getting destroyed during Tsunami. There is something truly native about Uppuveli that makes it treat you like a true localite.

Food lovers can have an unlimited supply of fresh sea food. You can find many excellent snorkelling opportunities. Apart from this sport you can also try your hands on other adventurous water sports such as Water-skiing and Wakeboarding which are even more exhilarating.

Highlights: If you are in need of some change from beaches you can take a stroll up to the Commonwealth War Cemetery, a place where a fitting tribute is given to the servicemen who died during Trinco.
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People Also Ask About Trincomalee

  1. Which are the best things to do in Trincomalee ?

    1. Swim with Whales - Trincomalee is famous for whale watching as it is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with the whales in their natural habitat. Between the months of June to August you can also enjoy whale watching on the east coast of Sri Lanka. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to head out and see whales in their natural habitat. There are several tours that leave Trincomalee on a daily basis 

    2. Spend leisure time at Dutch Bay Beach
    -Dutch Bay Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Trincomalee. With its white sandy beaches and breezy weather, it makes for a perfect place to cool off after an exhausting day of sightseeing. It is within walking distance from many popular tourist attractions like the Maritime Museum, Fort and temples. You can also catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming in large pods here. 

    3. Snorkel at Pigeon Island
    - One of the most famous activities to indulge in at Trincomalee is snorkeling at Pigeon island. Pigeon island is the most prominent location of Sri Lanka for snorkeling. You can dive in deep blue waters and swim next to colorful corals and fishes.

  2. Which are the best historical places in Trincomalee to visit with Family ?

    1. Sigiriya Fortress - The Sigiriya Fortress is an ancient city centered around a massive stone formation. It was selected as the nation‘s capital by king Kashyap in the fifth century and is als one of the best places to visit in Trincomalee. You need to climb more than a thousand steps to reach the top and experience the panoramic view of the city. You can see the remains of an ancient gate shaped like a lion head and lush gardens all around the city.

    2. Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple
    - You can hop on a guided tour of Sigiriya Rock fortress and Museum and get an opportunity to explore the UNESCO declared World Heritage site on your visit to Trincomalee. The walls of the museum depict the life of Gautam Buddha during the 2nd century. 

    3.Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal
    - Dating back to the Chola period, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal is a majestic Devu Lakshmi temple. The temple holds great significance for Hindu devotees as it displays the holy figurine of Sri Laxmi Narayana Perumal.

  3. What is Trincomalee famous for?

    Trincomalee is renowned for its authentic beach experience and exotic wildlife. It is one of the most picturesque and scenic beaches of Sri Lanka as it is unspoilt and unexplored by the large masses. It is most famous for Koneswaram temple, which is considered as one of the best places to visit in Trincomalee and is situated on the Swami Rock cliff. You can also indulge in whale watching at the South coast
  4. How many days are enough to visit Trincomalee?

    If you wish to explore the Trincomalee region, you can get around the entire island within a span of four to five days. In this timeframe, you can easily cover some of the best places to see in Trincomalee including War Cemetery and Raja Mahavihara.

  5. What is the best time to visit Trincomalee?

    The ideal time to visit Trincomalee is between the months of January to September when the weather is warm and mildly pleasant for sightseeing. The accommodations are cheaper and you will find a lesser crowd during these months. 

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