Trincomalee is located 257km away from Colombo, in the Trincomalee district of the North-eastern coast.
Trincomalee can be reached by main motor roads from Colombo as well as by railway line.
The Trincomalee Bay well protected by two headlands forms an inner harbor to the north of the bay, making Trincomalee secure harbor accessible to all types of craft in all weathers.
Nilaweli and Uppuveli 16km and 6km north of the city are among the best beaches of the Eastern Coast of in Sri Lanka. With shallow seas spreading out hundreds of meters into the sea, these beaches afford safe opportunities for water sports. The hotels in and around Trincomalee are geared to extend facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.
Fort Fredrick at Swami Rock
On a shear rocky outcrop named “Swami Rock”, several meters high above the sea is the Fort Frederick occupied by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British in succession.
Koneswara Hindu Shrine
A Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Koneswara was destroyed by the Portuguese during the period in which they held sway in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka. The modern temple therein today is built on the ruins of the old temple.
Sri Lanka Defence Forces at Trincomalee
Given the strategic location of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Army have set up military bases therein in defence of motherland.
Excursions from Trincomalee
Pigeon Island set in about 1 kilometer offshore set in a coral reef affords opportunity to enjoy with snorkeling. Boat runs to Pigeon Island are run by Sri Lanka Navy.
Somawathie Chaitiya Sanctuary
Serwawila historical Buddhist Shrine
Wilgam Wehera historical Buddhist shrine
Trincomalee Second World War Cemetery
Trincomalee War Cemetery, one of the six commonwealth war cemeteries in Sri Lanka, is maintained by Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.