The treasure of the East Coast, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka exudes history and oceanic splendour. Captivating the adventurous traveller with an array of activities, the picturesque shores of Trincomalee proudly showcases some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.
One of the few regions in the country to have both ancient and post 20th century architecture, Trincomalee invites you to explore a whirlwind of culture.
One of the most significant Hindu temples in the country, the Koneswaram Temple traces its history to mediaeval times. The grandiose structure coupled with its intricate composition, showcases early Pandyan artistic influence.
Kanniya Hot Wells
Placed between the Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road, the Kanniya Hot Wells consists of seven hot springs. Its origins are tied with the legend of Ramayana and is of religious importance to Hindu devotees. Each spring here is of a different temperature. Its surrounded brick walls were built during the Dutch era.
Thiriyaya Girihandu Seya
Believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in the country, Girihandu Seya is believed to be built during Lord Buddha’s time. It is said that two merchants, Thapassu and Bhalluka had constructed the temple and in its fortification, housing the Kesa Dathu or two strands hair gifted by Lord Buddha himself.
British War Cemetery
One of the beautiful sites in Trincomalee, the Biritsh War Cemetery narrates an untold story of war heroes of the Biritsh Empire. Attesting to the significant role that region played in World War II, the cemetery provides a one of a kind experience.
The very foundation of the fort is intriguing. Built on the Swami Rock, the massive boulder is to have housed a Jaina monastery during ancient times. It was demolished by King Mahasena and a temple was built by him. This in turn was destroyed by the Portuguese general Constantine De Saa and the foundation for the fort was set.
Over the years, when the colonial prowess interchanged the fort was further fortified by the Dutch and later by the British.