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Top outdoor adventure activities to do in Trincomalee – have a whale of a time

Located in the eastern province of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee symbolizes cultural diversity. It is famous for many things such as its natural harbour, beaches, Hindu temples and whales. With all this in setting, the city continues to draw tourist attraction.

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Watching whales and dolphins

Watching whales and dolphins

Sri Lanka has various cetacean species such as giant blue whale and spinner dolphin. Many whales and dolphins can be sighted close to Trincomalee harbour, one the most excellent harbours in the world. Trincomalee is famous for its association with whales and dolphins. Jungle Beach, in Kuchchaveli, one of the hotels in Trincomalee, can be your perfect choice to set off whale-watching adventures.
The usual whale watching season is from May to October. Travelling 257 kilometres from the country's commercial capital, Colombo, you will soon realize Trinco is the topmost place to sight whales and dolphins. In fact July is ideal to sight blue whales.

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Fishing Trips

Fishing Trips

Trincomalee is one of the best places in the world to carry out your fishing trip. You can have fishing equipment for rent from the close by hotels. If you prefer boating, Sri Lanka diving tours will organize one for you.

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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Trincomalee is a beautiful diving spot with underwater caves and statues. You can see consultation of a professional team who speak English and German in addition to a host of other languages. Diving equipment is also available though you are required to bring masks and fins. Trincomalee coastline is full of bays, inlets, reefs, rocky peninsulas, cliffs and island. Diving underwater, therefore, will be quite adventurous. You will see how undersea life operates with full of spirit. Not only whales, but also a shark could be visible at occasional times.

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Snorkelling

Snorkelling

A boat that can accommodate about six people in one go will cost about Rs 7000. This cost is added to the snorkelling equipment and guide expenses. Pigeon Island, which was recently made a national park, is the best place in Trincomalee to snorkel. Tickets for pigeon island are available at Nilaweli beach. Snorkelling is best done between 10 am ad 2 pm as the direct sun makes it easier to see things underwater. Most areas close to Pigeon Island, but try your best not to stand in water. It might damage the corals as well as hurt your legs. Try to hire a professional guide, who is capable of diving too.

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Bathe hot

Bathe hot

Hot springs in Trincomalee is another outdoor activity you must not miss. Inside a high wall, there are seven hot water springs. Each spring is covered by a small wall. With lukewarm waters, these springs form one public bathing space.

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Diving

Diving

Sri Lanka's east coast is among Asia's topmost diving sites. It is paradise for any diver, whether professional or otherwise. But make sure you hire professional guide before your excursion. They will brief you where to dive safe and steady.

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Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island is home to a large number of flora and fauna. During colonial times, this island was used for shooting birds. Take a stroll in this national park. It has a lot of adventurous things in offer.