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Watch these majestic creatures from an open-air boat as they glide effortlessly along the coast. Catch a boat before sunrise and enjoy the trip as great schools of dolphins break the surface of the water, tinged with orange as the sun rises over the horizon.
Visit Fort Frederick, historically of strategic value to colonial powers because of Trincomalee’s natural deep-water harbor and Sri Lanka’s proximity to India. British fortifications more than a century old can be found around the grounds.
Take a look around this 14th century temple, built to honour the Hindu God Shiva. The temple is famous for its deep crevice that reveals a sheer drop down into the sea, also known as ‘Lovers Leap’.
Explore the culture rich fruit and vegetable markets in Trinco where a vast array of fresh local produce can be purchased. The wholesale fish market showcases the exotic and diverse fish that inhabit the waters near the city and include tuna, barracuda and squid, all freshly caught by the local fishermen.
Introduce yourself to the local fishermen as they pull their nets in from the sea about 1 km north of the city. In the early morning hours, they situate themselves along the beach for around three to four hours, pulling in their kilometer-long nets and seeing what they’ve caught.
Nilaveli Beach & Pigeon Island
Relax on Trincomalee’s pristine Nilaveli Beach and swim in its turquoise waters. Take a 10-minute boat ride to Pigeon Island, a few hundred yards offshore, where there is excellent snorkeling around the formation once used by the British Navy for gunnery practice. Explore the natural saltwater pools among the rocks that are the breeding site of the Blue Rock pigeon.
Walk to the northern tip of Fort Frederick and the cliff known as “Swami Rock,” a sheer drop of 400 feet into the Indian Ocean. Perched on the summit of the rock is the Thirukoneswaram Hindu Temple; its site is believed to have been a major religious shrine dating back more than two millennia.
The Tree of Fertility
This site bears great cultural significance to the people of Trincomalee. Hindu women come from great distances to hang cradles on this sacred tree in the belief that this sign of faith will help them become pregnant.
Pay a visit to this world-class harbour located on the fifth largest lake in the world. Set in stunning natural surroundings, the deep blue waters of the lake are a beautiful and awe-inspiring sight.
Go whale watching, as the waters around Trincomalee are famous for sightings of various species, including the common blue whale, the Bryde’s whale and the Sperm Whale.
Sri Lanka Regions
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Family Sri Lanka: Trincomalee to Colombo with Kids
Sri Lanka is the perfect setting for the family vacation of your dreams. Explore the vibrant coral reefs, hike archaeological ruins and catch a stunning tangerine sunset with loved ones. This is 12-day luxury journey will create special, lasting family memories.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $12,100
Historic Sri Lanka Odyssey
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $13,100
North Sri Lanka Adventure
A unique region with a strong Indian presence, no stone goes unturned on this 15-day luxury Northern Sri Lanka adventure. This is the most luxurious tour you will find in the region – but this is not your typical 5-star service. You’ll experience the rare opportunity of seeing the country’s rebirth from the civil war.
- 16 days / 15 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $14,000
Jungle Beach Resort
The resort boasts a sumptuous spa, fitness center, business center and library. The stylish contemporary rooms, which have a tropical jungle style, feature atmospheric lighting, large windows, a comfy seating area, cable TV, an en-suite bathroom, bathrobes and a hairdryer. Free WiFi runs throughout the whole establishment. Guests can expect to sample a fine selection of local and international dishes at the onsite restaurant. Room service is also available upon request. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Trincomalee has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Jungle Beach Resort.
From the cozy Nilaveli Beach property, guests can gaze out to the pristine white sands and azure waters stretching far into the distance. Those looking for a blissful tropical heaven, far away from the cares of everyday life are guaranteed a slice of undisturbed paradise at this hotel. The hotel offers water sports, an outdoor pool, a secluded garden and beach and easy access to the vibrant city's must-see destinations. The well-appointed, light and airy rooms feature hardwood furnishings, a mini bar, DVD/CD player, air conditioning, fans and toiletries. The in-house restaurant serves a variety of local Indian and Western Halal dishes. a private barbeques on the beach can also be arranged.
Sri Lanka Goes Well With
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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