Trincomalee is eastern Sri Lanka’s principle town and the region surrounding it is opening up to be one of the islands most attractive and popular beach destinations, with picturesque bays and rocky peninsulas. Historically Trincomalee was been built on its formidable and impressive harbour, considered to be one of the best deep-water harbours in the world, so the town itself is worth a visit if you have time. It can’t be ignored that Trincomalee suffered deeply through Sri Lanka’s civil conflict and therefore it’s delightful to see this glorious coastal area looking to the future. However, due to this area sitting in isolation for so many years the range of hotels and restaurants is still fairly limited, so don’t expect too much glitz.
If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka during school summer holidays then Trincomalee and Sri Lanka’s east coast beaches are perfect as during this period the weather should be dry and sunny in comparison with the south and west coast, which may be a bit rainy.
Trincomalee is approximately a three hour drive from Anuradhapura and Jaffna, and around a five hour drive from Kandy.