Distance from Hotel: 83 km Travel time: 01.30 hour
Trincomalee on the East Coast of the island of Sri Lanka boasts the finest deepwater natural harbor in Asia. Attracting great seafarers like Marco Polo Trinco has been a trading port for over 2500 years. After the Portuguese invaded, Trincomalee was next held by the Dutch and the French alternately, till the capture of Ceylon by the British in 1795.
.During WWII Trinco was the base of the British fleet and the HQ of the Allied Southeast Asia commander. Trinco and the East Coast boast some of the best beaches on the island of Sri Lanka at Nilaveli beach (with the natural bird sanctuary of Pigeon island offshore) where you can wade knee-deep into the sea for hundreds of meters and at Uppuveli north of the city.
Fascinating to see is Lovers Leap, a sheer drop down to the sea from the face of Swami Rock at the temple. The hill faces up Swamee rock is rugged. As Trinco is full of seismic and volcanic activity as seen in the Kanniya Hot Springs area, this rugged face of the rock is a reminder of the movement of Earth’s crust in this area. There are many other ancient ruins in the Trincomalee area including a 1000-year-old Buddhist Vihara.