Trincomalee

Travel Guide to Trincomalee Sri Lanka -2020​

History

History of Trincomalee

Trincomalee was in early times a major settlement of Indo-Aryan immigrants and it is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. An inscription unearthed by archeologists among its Hindu archaeological remains, call it Gokarna in Sanskrit. Over its long history, Trincomalee, and specifically the Swami Rock promontory, has housed several Kovil temples to deities of the Hindu pantheon 7th century or earlier. The first Europeans to occupy the town were the Portuguese in the 17th century. Now Trincomalee is one of the most tourist destinations in Sri Lanka to visit Trincomalee harbor, temples, beaches, and pigeon island, but the town has some charm, plenty of history, and interesting mélange of people.

pigeon island sri lanka
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trincomalee harbour old map

Geography

Geography of Trincomalee Sri Lanka

Trincomalee is located on the east coast of the island of the Trincomalee District and major resort port city of Eastern Province. It is approximately 263 kilometers south of Colombo and the 108 km north of Anuradhapura. With a picturesque landscape and hot climate. It is a beach city and is considered to be the most important location for tourism, fishing, and natural harbors.

How to Reach Trincomalee by Bus ?

Generally, buses from Colombo and Dambulla starts it will take you to Trincomalee If you journey from Colombo, it will take around 8 hours to reach Trincomalee. On the other hand, if you take the Dambulla to the Trincomalee bus route, it will take around 4 hours as well.

How to Reach Nuwara Eliya by Train ?

Take bus 187 From Airport to Colombo “Fort Railway Station” for around 100 Rupees. You can purchase a 2nd or 3rd class ticket to Trincomalee when you arrive at the railway station the cost will be 3 to 4 $ and it will take 8 hours to reach Trincomalee railway station. Don’t expect to get a seat on this train as they are generally always packed.

Trincomalee Weather

What is the Weather in Trincomalee?

Average temperatures in Trincomalee vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 19th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Trincomalee, the hottest months are June, May, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May to early June where highs are regularly around 97°F (36.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.6°F (26.4°C) at night.

Best time to visit Trincomalee?

The busiest month for tourism in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka is July, followed by August and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Trincomalee in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Annual rainfall in Trincomalee?

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 96.3°F (35.7°C) and 86.8°F (30.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Trincomalee, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 95.9°F (35.5°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 4 to 16 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Trincomalee to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.8°F (30.4°C) and 82.4°F (28°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 15 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

16 Places to visit in Trincomalee & Around 2020

  1. Koneswaram Temple
  2. Fort Frederick
  3. Kanniya Hot Springs
  4. Swami Rock
  5. Shark Diving
  6. Amman Temple
  7. Velgam Vehera
  8. Marble Beach
  9. Maritime and Naval History Museum
  10. Nilaveli Beaches
  11. Pigeon Island National Park
  12. Uppuveli Beach
  13. Trincomalee War Cemetery
  14. Arisimale Beach
  15. Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara
  16. St Mary’s Cathedral

Map of Trincomalee