Best Things To Do in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

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Take a trip to the Koneswaram Temple that is situated on a clifftop which is all interesting with its artifacts and history. On your way back from the temple, check out the Old structure of Fort Frederick situated by the seaside. Pay homage to the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives in the war at the Trincomalee War Cemetery. Head to the clean and the lovely Marble beach for a tranquil experience. Explore the collection of war systems, machines guns, and underground casements built during the time of World War II at the naval museum of Hoods Tower Museum perched on a high ridge overlooking the bay. Understand the essence of the city by visiting the white powdery Uppuveli beach that is an ideal place to relax while listening to the crashing sound of the waves.

Below we have a list of things to do in Trincomalee and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Trincomalee getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Trincomalee with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Trincomalee

Here is the list of things to do in Trincomalee and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Koneswaram Temple

    4.5 (649 Votes)
    Koneswaram Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    The Koneswaram Temple is a popular place of worship in Sri Lanka and is one of the Pancha Ishwarams (five abodes) of Lord Shiva. The temple dates back to early Cholas and the Five Dravidians of the Early Pandyan Kingdom (the earliest mention of the temple goes way back to the 6th century BC). Today, the temple is a significant religious buildings and is an archeological site with rare emblems o...Read more
  2. Marble Beach

    4.3 (498 Votes)
    Marble Beach

    Beach, Leisure

    The Marble Bay Beach is popular for snorkeling and diving in Trincomalee. The famous Marble Beach resort is located here. However, the highlight of the beach is its fine sand and the sightings of peacocks, monkeys and cattle along with a variety of birds. For the lazy visitor, the sands are perfect for spending a few hours at the beach getting a sun-kissed tan. When here, don’t forget to ...Read more
  3. Kanniya Hot Springs

    4 (328 Votes)
    Kanniya Hot Springs

    Hot Spring

    Dating back to the period of Ravana (around 5000 years ago), the Kanniya Hot Springs finds it mention in the Ramayana – one of the most iconic Hindu Mythology books. It is believed the hot springs emerged when Ravana struck the land with his sword. Others believe that the site was an ancient Buddhist site. Either ways, the place is rooted in history and is a pleasure to see. Touch a part ...Read more
  4. Trincomalee War Cemetery

    4.7 (314 Votes)
    Trincomalee War Cemetery


    Being the resting place of the British soldiers who died during the second World War, Trincomalee War Cemetery’s historical significance is why tourists come to visit the place. The place is also the final resting place of a few non-war Merchant Navy officers along with a few civilians. The well maintained cemetery with uniform tombstones dedicated to each soldier, is one of the six Commo...Read more
  5. Fort Frederick

    4.3 (677 Votes)
    Fort Frederick

    Historical Site, Fort

    Dating back to the first quarter of the 17th century, the Fort Frederick was built by Portuguese on the site of the Hindu temple destroyed during the invasion. In the 18th century, the fort was captured by the French and later by the British in 1795 till 1948. Visit the fort to see the gorgeous Back bay and the Bay of Bengal and the well maintained fortification walls. The Koneswaram Temple (de...Read more
  6. Hoods Tower Museum

    4.6 (324 Votes)
    Hoods Tower Museum


    The Hoods Tower Museum is named after the Hoods observation tower that overlooks the entire inner harbor of the city. The museum still showcases a variety of the ammunition used by the Sri Lanka Navy throughout history. The museum itself is a part of the underground casement constructed during the Second World War. See the weapons, tools and equipment used by the Navy along with the Prizes of W...Read more
  7. Arisimale Beach

    4.7 (136 Votes)
    Arisimale Beach

    Beach, Leisure

    Located 52 kilometers away, visit the Arisimale Beach to see the divine blue Indian Ocean meet the golden sand. The beach is known for its textured sand that resembles rice grains- giving it its iconic Tamil name. The place is also archaeological significant with many excavations carried out here in the past. Today, it is a low profile beach where you escape the woes of the hectic city life and...Read more
  8. Seruvila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya

    Temple, Historical Site

    The Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist Temple that dates back to the 2nd century BC during the reign of King Kavantissa. The temple holds the relics of Lord Buddha (sacred forehead bone). Today, the Stupa with the relics, is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Trincomalee and is loved for its tranquility and peace. Don’t forget to take some time to rea...Read more
  9. Uppuveli


    The small village of Uppuveli shocks you with its tourist attractions – the Uppuveli beach that graces the calm waters of the Indian ocean with the beach-side shacks that sell authentic Sri Lankan food, a range of activities including diving, snorkeling at the beach and taking a dip in the massive ocean. Relax here for a few hours as you soak up the sun and explore the neighborhood. If yo...Read more
  10. Palm Beach Resort Image

    Leisure, Resort

    The Palm Beach Resort on the virgin shores of Indian Ocean is a perfect getaway overlooking the soft sandy beach and the deep blue sea. Surrounded by the coconut groves with a plethora of native birds and animals, this beach resort will make you feel like Robinson Crusoe having an entire beach for his own. The Palm Beach Resort can cater up to twenty people in its facility and provides ultimate...Read more
  11. Eagles' Golf Links

    4.4 (204 Votes)
  12. Kandaswamy Temple

    4.4 (39 Votes)
    Customs Rd, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
  13. Lovers Leap

    4.1 (6 Votes)
    Trincomalee, Sri Lanka