Trincomalee Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by jo104
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    cricket on the beach
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Trincomalee Things to Do

  • Whale watching

    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...

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  • World War 2 Cemetery

    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...

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  • The Bay

    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...

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  • Pillaiyar Kovil

    Another interesting Hindu temple is Pillaiyar Kovil on Dockyard Road. While on the subject of religious buildings, there are also several mosques (try the North Coast Road) and churches worth a look too.

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  • Sacred tree

    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...

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  • Lovers Leap

    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...

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  • Koneswaram Rock Temple

    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...

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  • Fort Frederick

    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,...

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  • Swami Rock - Lovers Leap

    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...

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Trincomalee Restaurants

  • Cafe opposite the bus garage

    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...

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  • Hotel bufet style

    Usually there is a buffet for breakfast as well as dinner and it is open to guests outside of the hotel. The dining area is outside under cover which allows for a lovely breeze. The buffet inside is comprised of salads,soup, breads, sri Lankan selection, for European tastes boiled vegetables, pie, stir fry station, chicken dishes and a variety of...

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  • Beach hotel restaurant

    The food at the crab is quite good although depending on which chef is working it can be a little bit hit and miss. Out of their snack menu I have tried their normal burger as well as their chicken burger which are fairly tasty and good value. Their club sandwich definetly fills a hole in the stomach complete with chicken, ham, cheese and egg...

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  • Trinco's only Upper Deck Beach Bar

    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...

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  • Local cafes

    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,...

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  • Fresh Fruit Juice

    A popular place to get delicious fresh fruit juice in town. Drop in here if you are feeling a bit hot and bothered whilst shopping in town. You can enjoy your fresh fruit juice even with a scoop of ice-cream. Do be sure to tell the staff you don't want added sugar as locals tend to have a much sweeter tooth. I have tried woodapple & mixed fruit...

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Trincomalee Transportation

  • Sanju Tours Tuk Tuk or Van

    From my days spent in trinco I can recommend Sanju as a driver he is friendly and most importantly an early morning riser. He does not mind picking you up at 5 or 6am from the bus or train station and is always smiley and friendly. His tuk tuk charges are more then reasonable for the area and he has a city tour down to a fine art.I went with him on...

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  • Getting there

    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...

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Trincomalee Warnings and Dangers

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    by ardelean Updated Sep 17, 2005

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    September 2005

    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.

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Trincomalee Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing Trips

    In trincomalee fishing is a sport you can do whilst on holiday if its your kind of thing. There is fishing from the shore or trawling with a boat this is in fact rather slow and tedious but what type of fishing is not. Some hotels will rent their equipment out they will at aqua inns and the dive center Sri-Lanka diving tours will organise your...

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  • Scuba Diving

    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...

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    by jo104 Updated Feb 23, 2014

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    Favorite thing: If you are in need of minor treatment perhaps an ear infection or bought of stomach ailments this clinic is the ideal choice. They have a doctor consulting on a daily basis and the costs are minimal I think lkr500 I paid for a consultation. The prescribed medicine can also be obtained there but for your own safety sake ask the doctor or pharmacy to write what the name of the tablet is as they do like to usually just write the dosage.

    I also visited the dentist here their technology seems a lit old although you could see X-rays on the screen and my then husband had a porcelain cap which cost him next to nothing.

    opposite the damro near the Orrs hill road

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