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5 Things to Know before Exploring the Kanniya Hot Water Wells in Trincomalee

5 Things to Know before Exploring the Kanniya Hot Water Wells in Trincomalee -Five Facts all Visitors Must Know before Travelling to Trincolamee's Kanniya Hot Water Wells


Read Up on the History

Those who are planning to visit the Kanniya Hot Water Wells during a trip to Trincomalee would greatly benefit from reading up on the highlight and the rich history behind the attraction. As a series of wells that date back centuries, King Ravana of the Ramayana fame is known to have created the hot pools when he struck the planet with his sword and hot fountains appeared in various corners of the world. The site is also known to have been a part of an ancient Buddhist monastery as there are ruins of a temple that are still visible today. Learning all one can about the hot water springs will not only heighten the significance of the visit but also make the experience a more rewarding one.



The Kanniya Hot Water Wells are open to visitors from the wee hours of the morning as those who wish to avoid the crowds should are known to show up as early as 5.30am. The ticket counter is also open early so one need not fear heading to the location in the early hours of the day. As the day wears on the crowds grow larger and visiting the venue becomes a hassle rather than a pleasure. Visitors must be prepared to pay a nominal fee to enter the compound in which the hot springs are found as the attraction is managed by the local archaeological department and the entrance ticket fees are used to maintain the highlight for future visitors. Don't be surprised to find food stalls and other small shops near the entrance selling snacks, food, drinks and other curios.


Bath Tips

While it is not a must, enjoying a hot water bath at the Kanniya Hot Water Wells is a custom most visitors follow as there is also a belief that the healing properties in the water can cure many ailments and diseases. One of the main concerns travellers have when engaging in a bath at the venue is the limited number of buckets provided for the bathers. It is advisable to bring your own if you wish to have a bath at the venue. Keep in mind that using soap is prohibited as it can contaminate the purity of the wells. Those who wish soap up can walk a few meters away from the spring to do so. Changing rooms for male and female visitors are designated and divided according to gender. The water is quite hot and the wells run out quickly so it is necessary to move from well to well.


Explore the New Dagoba

One of the newest highlights at the Kanniya Hot Water Wells is the newly excavated dagabo which is believed to be a few centuries old. The ancient dagoba is known to have been part of the Buddhist temple that once occupied this part of Trincolamalee. Those based at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon and other similar resorts in Trincomalee can hire a local guide to explore this area.


Visiting Other War Time Highlights

Many of the surrounding buildings near the hot water springs are heavily damaged due to the 30 year civil war that raged in Sri Lanka. Some of these buildings and a nearby kovil make interesting pit stops for those who wish to discover more in the area.