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5 Captivating Attractions to Visit in Trincomalee – Coastal charms in a marine paradise!

Trincomalee is divine serendipity for those who seek sun, sand, and bliss. Discover the hidden gems in this magnificent city with a rich blend of culture, heritage, and lifestyle.

1

Pigeon Island National Park

The serene pigeon island with lush greenery and emerald-green waters surrounding it is the best place in Trincomalee to embrace the nature-lover in you. The two small islands are home to the famous national park where you can find endangered species like rock pigeons and marine life. You will also find ample snorkelling spots to enjoy an adventurous time lost in the sea. The park is only 1km away from Nilaveli Beach. Summer which falls between May and October is the best time to visit the island and enjoy the water sports and perfect weather.

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Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya was built in the 2nd century BC, by the king of Anuradhapura Kingdom at the time, King Kavantissa. It is also considered one of the 16 sacred places in Sri Lanka known as Solosmasthana. It is said that the sacred forehead bone relic (Lalaata Dathun Wahanse) of Lord Buddha is enshrined in this temple. The temple was restored to its previous state in the 1920s, after the turmoils of ancient war. Each year, thousands of Buddhists and non-Buddhist devotees visit the temple to seek blessings. You will also find a giant statue of Lord Buddha in the same premises. 

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Maritime and Naval History Museum

The museum is located in a 17th-century Dutch mansion that was restored recently. You will find many fascinating facts and information on Sri Lankan maritime history dating all the way back to Barco Polo’s time. There are video presentations and naval models to shed light on some of the topics and will also exhibit marine ecosystems including the flora and fauna on the East Coast. You will have free access to the wonderful museum which also gives the most breathtaking views of the bay from its balcony. Make sure to explore the history in chronological order so you don’t miss anything.

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Nilaveli and Uppuveli Beaches

You will find two of the most pristine and breathtaking beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy the sound of the waves while you let your mind wander. The waves are the smoothest, shading from dark blue to almost a pale blue that embraces the golden yellow sands. These two beaches are ideal for beach volleyball, whale watching, and swimming. Nilaveli is the best Trincomalee beach unspoilt by tourism and perfect for captivating photographs. You can also try air taxis like Cinnamon Air to get to Trincomalee. You will experience rain and turbulent seas from October to January, so it is best to avoid these months if you want to enjoy the beaches to the fullest.

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Koneswaram Temple

For those who seek rich cultural attractions in Trincomalee, Koneswarm Temple is a must-visit. A Hindu pilgrimage built in Dravidian architecture, this temple is believed to be one of the five abodes of Lord Shiva, with a swayambhu lingam. Located atop a cliff when you visit Fort Fredrick, the shrine gives the most sacred atmosphere where you can also observe many Hindus paying their respect and engaging in their rituals. Seek solace and experience the diving presence in the majestic shrine while you witness the intricate details of the temple’s architecture.

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