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5 Awesome Things to Do Trincomalee, Sri Lanka – Discovering yet another Favourite from Eastern Sri Lanka

Located on the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee is among the region's most popular cities. Adorned with beautiful beaches and etched with history and spirituality, there is so much to see here

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The Beaches of Trincomalee

The beaches of Trincomalee are undoubtedly the biggest highlight of this city. It is also the place where most of the luxury hotels in Trincomalee Sri Lanka are situated such as the Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes for instance. The Marble beach is probably the first beach you will come across for it is located within the heart of this city. A truly pristine stretch of coast, the Marble Beach flaunts some of Sri Lanka's clearest waters. In fact its shiny reflective surface is the reason the place is named 'Marble Beach'. The Nilaveli Beach is the other most famous beach in the city. Slightly north of Trincomalee, Nilaveli is another stunning white sanded beach that is known for its shallow waters and large shores. It is however located a couple of kilometres away from Trincomalee City and if you plan to visit the place, best to make a day trip out of it.

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Hot Springs of Kanniya

The natural hot springs found in Kanniya is another well known attraction in Trincomalee. In the small town of Kanniya located within Trincomalee there are seven hot water springs; each with waters of different temperatures. Believed to have miraculous healing powers, this location is frequented by devout Hindus who bathe using the water from these wells with the belief that they will be cured of all types of ailments. However the hot springs are just as popular among tourists for the waters are warm and soothing on the skin.

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Religious places of attraction

Trincomalee is one city that has both significant Buddhist as well as Hindu places of worship. The Buddhist shrine found in this city is believed to be one of the world's oldest Buddhist temples. There is also a Buddhist Monastery in the vicinity known as the Girihandu Seya which is believed to have been in existence since the time of Lord Buddha. Hinduisms is also big in Trincomalee as it is home to the highly venerated Swami Rock. According to legends a colossal Hindu Temple is believed to have once stood tall on the massive Swami Rock. Today a temple dedicated to Lord Koneswara is constructed here and every Friday colourful Pujas are held in this temple.

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Naval Museum

The Navy Museum of Trincomalee is has a large collection of the city's ships, weapons and other artilleries used in warfare. The Museum is a poignant location where visitors can get a glimpse of Sri Lankan history and the 2 decade long civil war that it suffered from.

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The Trincomalee Harbour

This is the third largest natural harbour in world and among the most intriguing. History has seen several wars fought at the harbour in an attempt to protect invasion. To date the harbour plays an important role in commerce.