Trincomalee, affectionately nicknamed Trinco is a beautiful coastal city in Sri Lanka famous for its pristine beaches and natural harbour. But, Trinco has so many more treasures for you to see! Here are some of the best spots to visit on your next vacation.
These hallowed grounds are revered by locals, Hindus and other religions alike. It is located atop a hill overlooking the blue ocean beneath and is visited by thousands of devotees each day. It is believed to be one of Shiva’s Pancha Ishwarams and is known for its miraculous properties. For those seeking divine blessing, Koneswaram is a must-visit site. You can easily reach here from many resorts in Trincomalee.
Pigeon Island National Park
Declared a national reserve of pristine coral reefs, Pigeon Island is an adventure you absolutely don’t want to miss. The small islands are surrounded by rocks and mangroves and can only be reached by a thrilling boat ride across the open ocean. The park is home to endangered rock pigeons, hence the name. You can also go snorkelling and see the beautiful corals just off the shore.
Uppuveli and Nilaveli Beaches
Around 2o mins away from hotels such as Trinco Blu by Cinnamon are Nilaveli and Uppuveli beaches. Uppuveli is popular among tourists for the white sands, calm waves and the amazing Sri Lankan Street food stalls. The vibe there is amazingly relaxed, perfect for unwinding after a long day. Nilaveli is further north of Uppuveli and has a totally different atmosphere. Unsullied by tourists and large crowds, Nilaveli boasts pristine white sands, blue-green waters and the calmest, most beautiful vibes.
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya
The Seruwila Raja Maha Viharaya was built enshrining the sacred bones of Buddha; hence it is a sacrosanct place of worship for all Sri Lankan and International Buddhists. It was said to be built in the 2nd century by King Kavantissa. Many Buddhists visit this temple every day to receive blessings and seek spiritual enlightenment and guidance.