At 257km Northeast of Colombo is the Eastern Port city Trincomalee, known for its natural deep-water harbor, one of world’s finest and therefore cargo ships often berth if coming from far east prior to sailing towards Colombo. The name is a derivation of the Tamil term a Hindu Deity Koneshwarar and its abode on a hillock. However, the city’s beaches are reputed for tourist enchantment especially, Nilaveli, Uppuveli and the Pigeon Island. Star Class Tourist Hotels thrive along the long coast and activities such as diving, snorkeling and swimming fill the day for a visitor.
Being a strategic harbor due to the secluded natural setting, all three military camps namely, Air Force, Navy and the Army are consolidated for any eventuality. Moreover, many places of Buddhist archaeological and cultural sites too are there to reminisce the past eras and corresponding folk life. Additionally many other Hindu Temples and Churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal and free Churches) make the society strongly religious. Portuguese, Dutch and British semblance is still present due to the colonial reigns. Hence, a cultural mix or blend of these countries can be seen in many forms along with the native Sinhala or Tamil races. The Burghers who are either Euro or British mix of the Sri Lankans too are in sizable number. Apart, Muslim communities most of whom are businessmen are concentrated in some sections and the minarets of the mosques will point as landmarks.
For a pastime, Tricomalee ids the hotspot now for whale and dolphin which is a prominent component of tourism and for local visitors as well. Yet another popular visiting spot is where 7 hot water springs are i.e. at Kinniya. Hundreds of people from all over line up to have a bath as they believe that the water has therapeutic effect. Also it is found that the temperature varies from well to well.
It is indeed a must visit place as the town and particularly the natural harbor played a vital defensive port during the World War II for the British and allied forces as against the Japanese.