Trincomalee, or Trinco as it is fondly called, is a major port city in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Situated on a peninsula on the north-east coast of the island, the deep water harbour here is one of the largest in the world; it is no wonder the harbour was vied for fervently by European powers over the past centuries.

Trinco is also famous for its picturesque and scenic golden beaches that are protected by a sheltered bay. You can walk out over a hundred meters into the sea – this is how shallow the water is. The beaches provide a wide range of recreational activities such as swimming, bathing, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and even whale watching. Trincomalee is also the gateway to other amazing beaches on the east coast such as Uppuveli and Nilaveli, and stunning corals at Pigeon Island, which is a marine national park situated on an island.

The city of Trincomalee is full of sightseeing treasures – a tour here is definitely worthwhile. It is renowned for housing the largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka – Fort Fredrick. Initially built by the Portugeuse from debris of the demolished ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple, the fort was rebuilt by the Dutch in the 17th century. The temple has been preserved through restorations on Swami Rock within the fort, and artefacts that were discovered underwater or underground in the recent past have been returned.

Lover’s Leap is another attraction that is situated on Swami Rock in the vicinity of Koneswaram Kovil, and is based around the love story of a British lady who jumped off the rock with a 350 foot drop, after she lost her lover. The Kanniya hot springs are also worth a visit – the water here is believed to have medicinal power, and supposedly date back to the King Ravana era.

To experience luxury, nature and the east coast at its best, we recommend hotel stays at Anilana Nilaveli, Chaaya Blue and Jungle Beach.