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Things to Do and See in Trincomalee Sri Lanka – East Coast Adventures

Trincomalee is world famous for its natural harbour, one of the most beautiful in the world. The place is home to Marble Beach as well as Swami Rock and the ancient Koneswaram Temple.

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Koneswaram Temple

A classic Mediaeval Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Koneswaram was once known as the temple of a thousand pillars. It is one of the pancha iswarams of Sri Lanka; meaning one of five Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva as protection for the island. In days of yore, this shrine was known as 'Rome of the Gentiles' and is still one of the most prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites in Asia. Believed to have been built by the early Cholas of the Dravidian Kingdom, this temple sits on a promontory, close to the natural harbour of Trincomalee, and is only about 20 minutes by car for guests at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon.

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Fort Fredrick

Another easy to reach attraction from Trincomalee hotels, Fort Fredrick sits on a narrow part of the Trincomalee Peninsula. This has been a defensive base for many centuries since it was first constructed by the invading Portuguese in 1623. It was then reinforced by the Dutch and consequently occupied by the British since 1782, who were the last of the colonists to rule the island. Hence, you can see royal insignia, at the top of the entrance ways, and on the enormously thick walls of the fort. Today the fort is occupied by the Sri Lanka military; however, visitors are allowed to explore the place by foot.

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Seruwawila Raja Maha Viharaya

This is a Buddhist temple, founded in the 2nd century, and considered to be one of the holiest shrines in the country. However, it was only rediscovered and fully restored as early as the 1920's. The beautiful white stupa juts out of the forest cover and is a serene, peaceful sanctuary to discover. The little village surrounding the shrine offers rustic charms to discover and is perfect for a morning scout.

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Maritime and Naval History Museum

This museum is located in a vintage Dutch mansion from the 18th century and offers a marvellous collection of maritime artefacts, dating back to the time of Marco Polo. On the ground floor you will discover the best of Sri Lanka's naval history while on the upper floors, helpful displays will update you on the areas unique flora and fauna, as well as, the attractions on nearby Pigeon Island, popular for its snorkelling allures.

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Manayaweli Cove

A rustic little fisher beach, which you should visit cameras in tow; Manayaweli is clean, picture perfect and ideal for swimming. The water is very clear and hard to resist, so do take along the swimsuits. An added bonus is the scenic route you have to take to get to the beach, passing the beautiful Dhoby Tank, also called the Manayaweli Pond.