The port city of Trincomalee is the gateway to the palm-fringed Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches on the east coast. It is well known for its many Buddhist temples and prolific whale watching opportunities.
Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate, meaning temperature and humidity remain high all year round. Rainfall is highest in May, and through October and November, though temperatures still sit at around 30℃. That means that June-August could be considered the best months to visit, especially for those who want clear, blue skies.
The Frederick Fort in Trincomalee is the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. It dates back to 1623 and is now used by the Sri Lankan army but is accessible to visitors!
If you’re looking for an opportunity to follow local tradition, why not take a dip in The Kanniya Hot Springs and bathe in hot water? The seven wells vary in temperatures and are rumoured to have healing powers.
You can also visit the harbour. It’s the 5th largest natural harbour in the world and is guarded by two headlands. It’s still in operation today.
A trip to Sri Lanka isn’t complete without a trip to Pigeon Island National Park, home to some of the best coral reef in the country with over 100 species to be found. Sharks, sea turtles and the rock-pigeon that the island is named after can all be spotted on the island. It is also a popular scuba diving site.
Trincomalee is home to some of the best Sri Lankan beaches including Uppuveli, where the honey-coloured sand and warm waters are perfect for swimming and Nilaveli, considered one of the BEST Sri Lankan beaches. Its golden sand is surrounded by palms for its entire 4 kilometers!
You can also visit Marble Beach, owned and ran by the Sri Lankan air force. There is a resort at the north of the cove but head to the south for emerald waters to swim and watch freighters pass by.
Trincomalee is sacred to Hindus and Sri Lankan Tamils worldwide and some of the most historical sacred sites are:
- Koneswaram Temple Compound
- Bhadrakali Temple
- Salli Muthumariamman Rovil
All are worth a visit just to check out their colourful architecture, although they are still active places of worship.
Be sure to try traditional Sri Lankan food while in Trincomalee. The New Parrot Restaurant and Ajmer Hotel are two of the most recommended places to try rice and curry dishes.
There are also a variety of vegetarian and vegan places in Trincomalee.
There isn’t a big nightlife scene in Trincomalee, but make sure you check out Fernando’s, a rustic and laid-back beach bar. Similarly, the That’s Why Cafe and Beach Bar is the best way to enjoy Trincomalee at night.
Trincomalee has some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, and they come with an abundance of water sports to enjoy:
- Scuba diving
- Dolphin and whale watching
You can also head to China Bay to try out the 18-hole Eagle’s Link Golf Course that overlooks Cloppenburg Bay.
The best way to travel around Trincomalee is by tuk-tuk or a rickshaw, both of which are cheap and enjoyable. It is recommended to find a good driver and stick with them for the duration of your trip. Alternatively, hire a bicycle or motorbike to discover the area.
Alternatively, hire a bicycle or motorbike to discover the area.
Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate, temperature and humidity (approx 70%) remain high all year round, although on the coast a light coastal breeze makes this heat comfortable. Inland, the heat is significantly reduced due to the higher altitude. Rainfall is highest in May, and in Oct/Nov. The south-western coast has higher rainfall than the rest of the country, although many people find this a refreshing break, generally this occurs in the afternoon and is accompanied by thunder. The highest rainfall occurs in May (371mm) and the lowest is Feb (69mm). There is an average of 6-8 hours of sunshine per day, all year round.