Trincomalee Travel Guide

Trincomalee Travel Guide

It is said that Trinco, as it is generally locally known, is not a hotbed of drinking and riotous living and is none the worse for that.

The Bay

The Bay is 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 Harbor to the west. Trinco is on a peninsula so the town is surrounded by water.

Fort Frederick

The small peninsula jutting out of Trinco town, is the Portuguese built Fort Frederick. It’s still a working military base. Inside the Fort grounds are plenty of colonial style British army buildings, cannons, and other leftovers from previous inhabitants. There’s not a huge amount to see but it’s a pleasant shaded walk, and one you have to make if you want to go to see Koneswaram Rock Temple off the cliff above the Fort.

Koneswaram Rock Temple

The Koneswaram Kovil is found on Swami Rock, just above Fort Frederick. The temple is very colorful and you can walk around the grounds. The temple is built on top of the cliff, tottering right on the edge of the Indian Ocean, and there are fantastic views of the narrow strip of land that is Trinco town.

World War Cemetery

North of Trinco town, on the road to Nilaveli, is the British war cemetery. If you’re interested in WW2 cemeteries and history then there’s enough to keep you occupied here for a while. It’s the biggest British cemetery in Sri Lanka, partly due to the Japanese air raid on Trinco in 1942.

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By Jamie Ditaranto

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