5 Days in Trincomalee

Trincomalee is one of the best locations to visit in Sri Lanka, renowned for its pristine beaches, natural beauty, and charming atmosphere. So, if you find yourself in this fascinating region on holiday, here’s how you should spend the next five days of your vacation.

A Day at the Beach

The beaches are by far Trincomalee’s star attraction, so why not get your tour of the region started there. Uppuveli is one of the best choices available to you in this regard, here the sands are white and pristine while the waters are nice and calm.

Go for a Dive

Most resorts Trincomalee has on offer – such as the Trinco Blu by Cinnamon – will include scuba diving in their itinerary. So, on your second day, why not take them up on this. There are a number of great diving spots to choose from in the region, all of which are home to a fascinating array of marine life.

Touring the City

On your third day, consider going inland to see all the wonderful sites that Trincomalee town has to offer. A good starting point would be the famous Koneswaram Temple – a relic from the ancient Chola period. Along the coast, you’ll also discover Fort Frederick, an ode to Sri Lanka’s colonial past.

Going Snorkelling

As day four arrives, it’s time to head back into the water. Specifically, consider a day’s snorkelling session at the reefs bordering the famed pigeon island. Well away from the hustle and bustle of the main city, this is the chance to relax and spend some alone time with yourself.

Try Some Seafood

With your time in Trincomalee slowly drawing to a close, it’s time to end things on a high note – flavourful high note that is. All along Trincomalee’s coastline, you’ll find a number of great seafood restaurants. You should definitely consider stopping by these and enjoying some signature Sri Lankan dishes.


Excursions in Trincomalee

Located in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee has long been noted for its unique natural form and stunning beaches. For those on the lookout for Sri lanka beach resorts, Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa presents an ideal choice. Being an ideally located Sri Lanka resort, it ensures proximity to many attractions. A leisure traveller visiting the region can embark on a sightseeing excursion. Visit Fort Frederick: built by the Portuguese, it is an ideal reflection of colonial influences on the region. Your excursion should also include a visit to Dutch Bay which is a suitable site for swimming and a leisurely stroll. Also make a stop at St Mary’s Cathedral featuring a beautiful design.

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Whale Watching in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka, a tiny island paradise, boasts of the world’s longest and finest whale watching season in any part of the world. The speciality of Sri Lanka being Blue Whales has a sighting period that extends from March to August in Trincomalee and December to April in the small town of Mirissa. In both these areas, blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins, be it spinner dolphins or bottlenose dolphins can be seen in large numbers. Sometimes sightings of even 200 or more have been seen at one spot.

Travel just 6-8 nautical miles from Trincomalee and you can spot these magnificent creatures of the sea. With the world’s 5th largest natural harbour, famed Koneswaram Temple, hot water springs and its association with the legend Ramayana, Trincomalee has more than enough attractions on land to delight any tourist. The added chance to watch wonderful whales is the cherry on the cake. In fact the rocky outcrop on Koneswaram Temple has the fame of being the world’s best on-shore whale watching sight.

Your encounters with whales and dolphins will be very close and many have enjoyed spontaneous performances by the dolphins, untamed friends of the sea doing stunts for our entertainment. The site is also great for snorkelling and scuba diving, which means you can experience more of the rich and colourful marine life that is unique to this country.

Many tour operators as well as the Sri Lankan navy offer cruises to watch the whales, ranging from luxury to more modest choices. However it is important that you choose one that is not only cost effective but also is authorized to engage in such activity. Responsible tourism in this case is very important not only for your safety but to also ensure the survival of these endangered creatures.

You can always ask your hotel to arrange a cruise for you or opt for one of the many sri lanka tour packages. There are many Sri Lanka tailor made tours that can be arranged for your specific needs. Shanti travel Sri Lanka is among the island’s foremost tour operators with strong emphasis on eco tourism.

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