Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257 km north-east of Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka. Trincomalee is home to fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and off-shore Pigeon Island. Recently Trincomalee has become popular as a Whale Watching destination too. The Dive centers at Nilaveli, Uppaveli support the tourists to enjoy their holidays in diving, snorkeling and swimming. Trincomalee district, called Gokanna or Gokarna in the historical chronicles and inscriptions, being studded with a multitude of ruins of ancient Buddhist temples, is a major Sinhalese Buddhist cultural and archeological site of Sri Lanka. The seven hot springs at Kanniyai located just 8km from Trincomalee attract regular crowds throughout the year in view of the therapeutic properties of water therein varying in temperature from one well to the other.

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Nilaveli Beach
Considered one of the purest white sand beaches in Asia, Nilaveli beach is a great place to sea bath and to have a relaxing evening. If you can afford to stay at the Nilaveli beach hotel then you have easy access to the Nilaveli beach and even from the Trincomalee town it is about 15 minutes drive. There are no fresh water bathing facilities nearby, something you should consider before leaping to the sea.

Koneswaram Hindu Temple
Koneswarm Kovil is on top of the Swami rock, which can be considered the highest place in Trincomalee. Once you reach the temple you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area and if you can make it in the morning you can watch and take photos of a beautiful sunrise. As in most Hindu kovils you have beautiful and colorful carved figures.There is a sacred bo tree as well but reaching it is a bit difficult since it is near a steep rock slope.Just below you can see some of the most crystal blue waters you can find anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Lovers Leap
As the name suggests this place is famous fo couples committing suicide.There is a monument built for a lady that has committed suicide here but the historical facts suggest that the mentioned lady has actually lived, married and had children. This is just beside the Koneswaram temple so you want miss it if you are visiting the Koneswaram hindu kovil.

Kanniya Hot Water Wells
This is around 30 minutes ride from Trincomalee early you get there the better. There are seven wells built on top of hot water springs and the temperature varies from well to well.It can get pretty crowded during a public holiday, so if you are visiting there during a public holiday make sure to ge there as early as possible.You need to pay a small fee to enter the place.

Marble Beach
A very beautiful beach near Trincomalee, where you can enjoy a bath in relatively shallow water. There is a restaurant maintained by the Air Force so you can enjoy a meal by the sea as well. There is a small charge per person and you need prior approval to visit this beach, which can be obtained from the nearby Air Force base.

Pigeon Island
The island is named after its endemic inhabitant the blue rock pigeon that crowd the island in hundreds. The island is also famous for the coral fringe that outlines it; visitors need to engage in a short boat ride to reach the island. Around the pigeon island more than hundred species of reef fish and corals have been identified, making Pigeon island a diver’s paradise. The island was declared a national park in 1963 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. The island has two small beaches, visitors can find the large coral reef on the beach situated on the south west of the island, and this reef is 200 meters long and 100 meters wide. A visit to the island could incorporate swimming in the sea, snorkelling, diving and sun bathing.