The world’s deepest and largest natural harbour
Where shimmering blue seas beckon
Ancient rulers and colonial powers fought over it; now it is the pristine white beaches that attract visitors to Trincomalee. Famous places are abundant here. The remnants of colonial occupation live on in the city’s architecture and abandoned forts. Sought after for centuries due to its natural harbour and strategic location, Trincomalee served as an important naval base for the allies during World War II, and still continues to be vital to the Sri Lankan Navy.

The secluded beaches of Uppuveli, Nilaveli and Kuchchaveli and Pigeon Island offshore are must visit places too.
Places to visit
in Trincomalee
Snorkelling at Pigeon Island
This is snorkelling heaven. Explore a 200m long, 100m wide reef with over 300 species of fish, sea turtles and Blacktip Reef sharks.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Take a boat ride to watch pods of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat; many varieties thrive in the waters off Kalpitiya.
Koneswaram Temple
A significant site in the Ramayana legend, this ‘temple of a thousand pillars’ sits on the sheer Swami Rock - also called Lovers Leap.
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