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Trincomalee

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The fifth largest natural harbour in the world is nestled in the bay of Trincomalee (Trinco). Secluded by natural rocks and foliage the beaches in Trinco are pristine, making it easy to walk at least 100 meters into the sea without getting salt on your hair. Apart from the beach fun fare Trinco is loaded with monuments to show of Sri Lanka’s maritime and colonial past.

Fort Frederick

Originally built by the Portuguese, a triangular fort named, Fort ‘Triquillimale’, was rebuilt by the Dutch and then naming it to ‘Fort Frederick’. It presently serves as a detachment of the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lankan Army. Since Trincomalee was a popular trade spot and was frequently visited by sea traders from all over the world. Therefore the Portuguese constructed a fort with remnants of an ancient Hindu Temple which was the original ‘Koneswaram Temple’, that was destroyed. The original fort was a triangular fort named Fort ‘Triquillimale”. Eventually, the fort was captured by the Dutch in 1639, who then dismantled and rebuilt the fort, renaming it, Fort Frederick. Ultimately, the fort was taken over by the British in 1795 and they had added British War Guns to the fort. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington had visited Trincomalee whilst being Colonel in the British East India Company, the bungalow he had resided in is known as Wellesley Lodge which is also inside the fort. The fort presently serves as a detachment of the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lankan Army. A premise, that allows interested visitors to explore the two temples it houses – Koneswaram Kovil and Gokana Temple, exudes a resplendent charm of its own. The Fort Frederick is now a legendary monument which boasts another chapter of the colonial era of Sri Lanka.

Whale & Dolphin Watching in Trincomalee

It is a whale of a time in the east coast since the sandy beaches and deep waters of Trincomalee give rise to some excellent dolphin and whale sightings, particularly during the months of March to May but also random sightings till September.

Koneswaram Temple

The Koneswaram Hindu shrine in Trincomalee is beyond fascinating. Located within the Fort Frederick, beside one of the finest harbours in the world, the Koneswaram Temple sits on top of a gigantic cliff known as Swami Rock, facing the Bay of Bengal and the eastern coast of India.

Pigeon Island

Renowned as a snorkeller’s paradise in Sri Lanka, Pigeon Island is one of the two maritime national parks in the country. Home to beautiful coral reefs, with soft and hard corals, plenty of exotic species of fish and other marine life, this beautiful little island off the shore of Nilaveli beach, Trincomalee is a stunning place to be.

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