Monday, January 3, 2011

Trinkomalee – Sri Lanka

Trinkomalee is one of the major tourist area in Sri Lanka. It is a natural deep water habour in Eastern Province & lies on the east coast of the island. Overlooking the Kottiyar Bay, Trincomalee is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka.

Trinkomalee has been a sea port that has played a major role in the maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka. In past Trinkomalee is called as Gokanna. The port is based on Kottiyar Bay.
Koneswaram Kovil, Nilaveli beach, Port, Seven Hot Srings, Pigeon Island, Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara (Temple), Lover’s Leap, Naval Musium etc… are major points to see within Trinkomalee.

Koneswaram Kovil

Tamils & Sinhalese believe that this place is sacred to them and they are the indigenous people of the area. Among the various monuments of Hindu antiquity found in Sri Lanka, the Thirukoneswaram Hindu temple in Trincomalee is one of the three principal places of worship dedicated to God Siva.

Nilaveli Beach

If you are a beach lover you can find lots within this beach. This is a most beautiful beach in Sri Lanka. Being the most famous beach in the Eastern Coastal area situated in the 30 km stretch of golden beach Nilaveli is a traveler’s delight.

Seven Hot Springs
The seven hot wells in Kanniyai is a compound on which visitors would find seven wells that contains water with different temperatures varying from cool to hot and very hot. It is believed that the water in these wells are of therapeutic value especially for those with conditions such a rheumatism and arthritis. Those who intend to bathe at the hot spring wells must keep in mind that it is a public bathing area.

Pigeon Island

This is situated in off Nilaveli and one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka, situated 1km off the coast of Nilaveli.
The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Many of the 100 species of corals and 300 coral reef fishes recorded around the Trincomalee area are found in the national park.

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara (Temple)

This is situated in south Trinkomalee.

Lover’s Leap

It is a true story assured by an inscription on a pillar on Swami Rock. Local lore has it that the daughter of a superior officer, committed suicide by jumping into the ocean from the vantage point when her forbidden lover had to sail back to Europe, never to see her again, which came to be known as Lover´s Leap.
Another story, people believe that King Ravana destroys this stone rock by his sword.

Trinkomalee beaches are used for surfing, Scuba diving, fishing, Dolphin & Whale watching & fishing trip.

Naval Musium

Before visit here you must have permision from Colombo.

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