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Top 5 Things to do in Trincomalee Sri Lanka - A breathtakingly beautiful town in the East Coast

Beautiful Trincomalee which is located in the northeast coast of Sri Lanka has a myriad of appeals that you can explore. This article details the top 5 experiences that you can enjoy in this sunny city.


Visit Koneswaram Temple

Koneswaram Temple is one of the most venerated sites of worship in Sri Lanka. As it is one of the Pancha Ishwarams, every year large numbers of Hindus visit it from all corners of the island. It is a colourful medieval temple that is truly a breathtaking sight to behold. The Swami Rock and Gokarna Bay that surround the temple greatly enhance its rich appeal.


Visit Fort Frederick

Trincomalee used to be a stronghold of the colonial invaders. Scattered throughout the city are several impressive monuments that you can visit to admire the rich allure of colonial architecture. Among these prominent attractions, Fort Frederick truly takes a prominent place. It was built by the Portuguese back in the year 1624 CE. Debris from the old Koneswaram Temple, which was destroyed by the Portuguese general Constantino de Sá de Noronha on Tamil New Years Day, was used to construct this fort. The fort was rebuilt by the Dutch and then used by the British. Today, the Sri Lankan military manages the fort and visitors will be able to visit and admire some of its unique ramparts. You will be able to visit this remarkable site with great ease as you stay at centrally located hotels like Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes.


Embark on whale watching tours

Trincomalee whale watching tours should certainly be arranged if you are visiting the city between the months of May and October. There are many Trincomalee hotels that offer these epic excursions to guests. You can even get in touch with a tour operator in the area if you are interested in witnessing the spectacular charm of the great creatures of the depths.


Relax at the Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches

Be sure to enjoy a delightfully relaxing break at the stunning Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches when you are touring in Trincomalee. These gorgeous white sandy beaches are breathtakingly beautiful! As the water here is generally quite calm, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing swim too. Be sure to relish the delicious local fare at the many stylish beach restaurants in the region too. You will be able to enjoy fiery seafood dishes as well as spicy curries to your heart's content as the salty breeze enchants you ceaselessly.


Bathe in the Kanniya Hot Springs

The famous Kanniya Hot Springs should not be missed when you are travelling in this region! It is one of the most popular attractions on the northeast coast. You will find plenty of locals and tourists frolicking in the area, enjoying the warmth of the waters that these springs offer. You will be able to bathe in the wells too if you wish, as there are changing rooms onsite for males and females. Keep in mind that the use of soap is prohibited in the area.