The best season in trinco for whale watching is February, March, April. Most other days during seasonal times until October you can see dolphins in the early morning. If you go in a fishing boat they only take a maximum of 4 persons as when you spot a whale you have to give chase quickly to catch them. Trincomalee is one of the deepest natural...more
North of Trinco town, on the road to Nilaveli, is the British war cemetery. It's well worth stopping off for a quick look if you're heading that way. If you're particularly interested in WW2 cemeteries and history then there's enough to keep you occupied here for a while. I think it's the biggest British cemetery in Sri Lanka, partly due to the...more
The bay (or rather bays) are what Trinco is most famous for. There are three main bays - Back Bay to the north of Fort Frederick, Dutch Bay to the east of the town, and the Inner Harbour to the west. Trinco is on a peninsula so the town is surrounded by water. The Inner Harbour is the main deep-water port, but all three are used for fishing and...more
Behind Komeswaram Temple is a sacred tree, planted precariously on the cliff face. Worshippers tie strips of cloth to the branches as a prayer offering. Even if you don't want to tie some cloth, lean over to the tree and see the sheer 100 metres drop below. Unless you're afraid of heights of course! Apparently you can sometimes see turtles and...more
Next to Koneswaram Temple is Lovers Leap. The name kind of gives it away but it is indeed a favourite suicide spot, with a sheer drop to the ocean crashing against the rocks below. There's a memorial and shelter, commemorating the legend behind the name. Apparently the daughter of an old Dutch official here threw herself off the cliff when her...more
The Koneswaram Kovil is found on Swami Rock, just above Fort Frederick. Forgive my lack of knowledge of Hinduism, but apparently this rebuilt temple is dedicated to Siva. The unbelievably intricate designs of Hindu temples, with their ornately carved figurines, is an incredible sight and this one is no exception. It's very colourful and you can...more
The small peninsula jutting out of Trinco town, near the stadium and the main shopping streets, is the Portuguese built Fort Frederick. It's still a working military base but, unusually, you can walk through it. Inside the fort grounds are plenty of colonial style British army buildings, cannons and other leftovers from previous inhabitants, and,...more
Right out on a sheer rock, there is the temple that I mentioned before and next to it, is Swami Rock (Lovers Leap), as in legend a girl jumped to her death over a lover.As you stand looking down, the fishermen from Trincomalee, divert their boats past the temple and stop to pray before going out to sea. They also come past on their way back to say...more
This is a muslim run clean cafe style restaurant opposit the bus stand very convenient if you want to grab a snack before catching the bus to an onward journey they do plenty of shorties such as meat or vegetable samoosas, egg rolls and roti as well as a few sweet treats.Also they serve a range of eastern delights kotthu roti, hoppers and rice and...more
Fernando's Bar operates a BBQ in season time turning out delicious grilled food. There is something to delight everyone's palate. If you are sick of eating rice & curry at Fernando's you will be able to sink your teeth into a juicy homemade hamburger with handcut wedges. Being right on the beach seafood dishesare second nature and you can sample...more
If you feel like venturing into town for some local food this is a pretty clean cafe to eat in. They do kotthu which is a thick rice noodle with chopped chicken, egg & chilli's a real art to make you will know if they serve it just follow the chopping sounds. This place also does mixed meat in gravy (this includes offal), beef, chicken pieces,...more
In terms of public transport, you can get to Trinco by either bus or train. Air-con luxury buses from Colombo cost about 150 Rs and takes about 7 hours. The time can be affected if there are roadblocks and police checks but these are pretty infrequent nowadays. Buses also travel between Kandy, Anuradhapura and other major cities. The train is cheaper but takes a lot longer - the best one is the overnight sleeper train from Colombo.
There is no formal curfew, but it is not adviseable to travel after 20.30, because there are lots of checkpoints and it is a hassle. Personally, I am happy with an obvious security presence during the hours of darkness.
Sri Lanka's only 5* technical diving club is located at Aqua Inns Hotel beside the Fernando's bar retaurant, their reputation preceeds them and are listed in the lonely planet as being located in previous years at the 4* Chaaya Blue.
The dive instructors offer Padi courses for Open Water, Advanced and Rescue as well as recreational dives to some of Trincomalees beautiful diving spots one site has underwater caves and statues.
The team are highly professional and speak Engish, German and some other languages to a certain degree.
Accomodation can be arranged at Aqua Inns Hotel whilst you proceed with your course.
Equipment: They have all the equipment available you may wish to bring your own mask and fins