Trincomalee, also known as Trinco, is popular for its beautiful quiet sandy beaches that are ideal for tourists to relax thousand of miles away from bustling city life. The city is a major port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka, located 113 miles south of Jaffna, and 69 miles north of Batticaloa. The beaches of Trincomalee are ideal for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and whale watching. Tourists find Trincomalee interesting because of its scenic bays and rocky peninsulas. The beaches in this region are safe for swimming with shallow water for quiet a distance into the ocean.
The main highlight of Trincomalee is Fort Frederick, which is known for its colourful history that was jostled by Portuguese, Dutch, French and British from 1623 until 1895, when the British captured it for good. Fort Frederick is the largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka and therefore a must visit by any tourist visiting the city. At the top of Fort Frederick is Swami Rock and the Tirukoneswaram Kovil, an ancient Hindu temple. The city is sacred to the Hindu community, home to many historical Hindu pilgrimage sites. The prominent pilgrimage sites in Trincomalee are Koneswaram temple, and Bhadrakali temple.
Trincomalee is also popular among tourists as a gateway to the nearby beaches Nilaveli and Uppuveli. Other important tourist attraction near Trincomalee is the pigeon island, which is accessible through a boat ride. The hot springs of Kanniya, near the city, are also worth a visit.