Trincomalee is one of those coastal towns that has way more to offer than just a pretty beach. Its people are wonderful, architecture charming, history fascinating; as for the pretty beaches, some even claim Trincomalee hosts the best beaches in all of Sri Lanka (an often overlooked beach destination, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Let’s explore this beautiful town and 4 more reasons you’ll love to have Trincomalee as your next holiday getaway!

The People of Trincomalee

Trincomalee is one of those South Asian towns where a mixture of cultures all share the same run-down block.  Although it is one of the main centres for Sri Lanka’s Hindu Tamils, they are equally met with a population of Buddhists that make up a big portion of the town as well. But no matter how diverse the culture may be that just makes the people that much more pleasant to be around and you will be welcomed into Trincomalee with a gleaming smile. Just walking down the street you will most likely be offered to be a locals dinner guest at their house to sample some of the delicious home-made Tamil food.

Nilaveli and Uppaveli Beaches

These beaches are loaded with fun activities such as surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching but not nearly as crowded with tourists. Nilaveli is an incredibly gorgeous beach covered with white sands and gentle waves that slip softly to shore.  If you’re looking for a tropical heaven, far away from the cares of life this is your beach so don’t pass it up. Uppaveli is another beautiful beach close to Trincomalee and is the perfect place for peaceful whale and dolphin watching that is both calm and free of crowds.

The Hot Spring Wells

The hot spring wells in Kanniyai, which is very close (8km) to Trincomalee, have been getting some nice attention from tourists lately. The seven hot springs are enclosed by a high wall, each of which is again enclosed and bound by smaller walls to make up wells. Kanniyai is a place of Buddhist worship where the faithful come to buy trinkets, worship Buddha and soak themselves with buckets of naturally warm spring water. You do not need to worship Buddha if you go to the wells simply grab a bucket, dunk it in the water, and drench yourself and you’ll be plenty encouraged with locals urging you on to try it again.

The Ruins of Velgam Vihara

A bit further north of the wells is the beautiful Periya Kulam, a large man-made lake set in a forest, with small islands and ruins of Hindu worship spotted around it. Just to the west of the lake, you’ll find the remains of a Buddhist monastery from the 2nd century, Velgam Vihara. The ruins here are gorgeous, especially given their off-the-beaten-track location.

Photos courtesy of Indi Samarajiva, The Advocacy Project and Natashi Jay

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he works on his own lifestyle publication, Plum Deluxe.

Posted : Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 11:00
Category : Spotlight
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