Trincomalee is one of the oldest cities in Asia, it has served as a major maritime seaport in the international trading history of the island with South East Asia. It is 296 km from Colombo city. Trincomalee harbor is one of the world’s best natural harbours which could provide ample space for ships and tankers. The water area is little more than 2,000 hectares.
Trincomalee and suburb has fine beaches of Nilaveli, Uppaveli and off-shore Pigeon Island. From recent time Trincomalee has become popular as Whale watching destination too. Trincomalee town offers everything that you need, including internet facilities.
During the Dutch period it was a military fortress. It was built by the Portuguese in 1623 AD. This fort was captured by Dutch in 1639, later in 1795 captured by British. The Koneshwaram Kovil is located inside the fort. From here you can have a good view of the Harbour Entrance.
Hindu temple inside Fort Frederick. Visitors and Hindu devotees visit the Kovil throughout the year. This is also known as the temple of thousand pillars. It is recorded that when the Portuguese built the fort they demolished a part of this temple. Also in the vicinity is the “Lover’s Leap”, which is next to the Kovil.
From this point a Dutch Officer’s daughter leapt to her death.
Kanniyai Hot Water Wells
These are located about 5 km away from trincomalee town, on Puttalam Road at Kanniyai. There are seven hot water wells close to each other. Wells are about 3-4 feet deep and the bottom can be seen clearly. There are changing rooms, if you like to have a hot water shower, but using soap is prohibited. The temperature of water is about 50-60 centigrade and varying to each other.