Boasting the world’s fifth largest natural harbor, Trincomalee is very much a beach destination with beachfront accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious. The harbor
has also influenced the city’s past, bringing in European powers over the centuries to vie over control of the waters. The city is home to the Sri Lankan Air Force base as well as naval bases. The airbase operates commercial flights from Colombo, but taking a bus or train is just as convenient a means to arrive.
The beaches of Trincomalee make for a great location when looking to stay in the city. Uppuveli Beach
and Nilaveli Beach
offer near-pristine conditions for a beautiful stay, with the latter situated within the vicinity of a big military base and offering a less crowded option. Whether located along the waterfront or tucked a bit inland, visitors are never too far from the city’s attractions and activities. As a rather compact town, Trincomalee can be easily explored on foot or bicycle and quickly traversed with a tuk tuk.
When not at the beach or checking out the military bases, visitors can be found enjoying the famous hot springs, taking in the city’s history, or exploring the religious culture via the Hindu and Buddhist temples. Water sports on Pigeon Island and dolphin and whale watching from Uppuveli Beach also make for excellent times while in Trincomalee. Be sure to check out the interactive map for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.