Trincomalee has one of the worlds finest natural harbours.it is the fifth largest in the world. Covering an area of 55 sq miles. Operating from ancient time it may have been the place where prince Mahinda landed. During world war11 trincomalee became the headquarters of the combined Allied fleets in south Asia on April 8th 1942.
Fort Frederick located on a promontory to the east ot the town was originally built by Portuguese in 1624 and was named in honour of Fredrick , Duke of York by the British in 1803.
Swami rock & the Koneswaram Kovill dedicated to Lord Shiva. Which stands where the temple of thousand columns existed hundreds of years before Christ. That temple was destroyed by the Portuguese who used the stonework to build their fort.
Behind the Temple lovers leap so called after the reputed suicide of a Dutch Officials daughter throwing herself off the rock as her lover sailed away abandoning her. However there is evidence that she did no such thing marrying eight years later.
Hot water Springs
Hot water Springs is situated 8km away from trincomalee in Anuradhapura road. Here there are seven hot water wells of varying temperature said to have mystical therapeutic and healing properties.
Nilaveli is a small village 7 miles north of trincomalee, where the beaches are quite superb with soft white sand and calm seas during April to October season when rainfall is much lower rhan in the southwest.
A few hundred metres offshore lies pigeon island a great place for Snorkeling around the colorful coral reefs diving and fishing and also Dolphin and whale watching not far from the shore