Trincomalee - Things To Do...
Overlooking one of the best natural harbours in the world, this is a hotel like no other. Commissioned in 1936, equipped with 21st century amenities, a place steeped in history, looking to the future; this is the essence of Welcombe Hotel. Welcombe, under new management, promises to be everything you hope for and more…….. If it is luxurious solitude that you seek, the two cottages adjoining the hotel, the Crow's Nest and Spyglass are for you. The courteous staff, a tradition at Welcombe, with your comfort in mind, will make your stay at Welcombe an unforgettable one! While away, you can enjoy the afternoons at the pool if you fancy a cool swim or for those who prefer to take in the scenic beauty with an ice-cool drink in hand. The upper deck with the fabulous view of the Trincomalee bay is the ideal lounge area. Fine dining at the glass-fronted restaurant will treat you to sumptuous buffets of fresh seafood, blends of Oriental and European cuisine and an array of Sri Lankan dishes.
NB: Welcombe is a short drive from all of Trincomalee's main attractions. It is a 20 minutes drive from the Hot Water Wells, 45 minutes drive from Nilaveli beach and Pigeon Island. The well preserved historic site of Fort Frederick (also known as Dutch Fort) is just a 10 minutes drive from the hotel. China Bay and Marble beach are also some of Trincomalee's scenic sites.
Koneswaram Kovil is a Hindu temple which is located in the town Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. It is dedicated to main deity in Shaivism namely Lord Siva and is one of the five ancient Sivan temples around the island.The views of Trincomalee's natural harbour and the Indian Ocean are magnificent.
Fort Fredrick (also known as Dutch Fort) is a fort built by Portuguese colonials at Trincomalee in 1624. It was built on Swami Rock-Konamamalai from the debris of the world famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple (Temple of a Thousand Pillars) that was destroyed by the Portuguese under Phillip IV, colonial occupiers of the Jaffna kingdom and Malabar country on the island.
Blue whales in particular (plus smaller numbers of sperm whales) can regularly be seen around six to eight nautical miles east of Trincomalee (about 30min by boat), and can even occasionally be spotted from the land – with Swami Rock offering the best vantage point. Dolphins (mainly Spinner) are also regularly seen. Most sightings occur between March/April and August/September, as whales continue their migrations around the island from the south coast.
This is a compound on which visitors would find seven wells that contains water with different temperatures varying from cool to hot and very hot. There is some confusion regarding the Hindu legends on the creation of these wells, where some believe that the wells were created by King Ravana of the Ramayana while others state that it was created by Lord Vishnu. The hot wells are visited by both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims where they have an early morning to bath before visiting the Koneswaram temple. It is believed that the water in these wells are of therapeutic value especially for those with conditions such a rheumatism and arthritis. Those who intend to bathe at the hot wells must keep in mind that it is a public bathing area.
Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli. The island's name derives from the Rock Pigeon which has colonised it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was re-designated as a national park. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
Nilaveli (pronounced 'Nilaa-Veli', Tamil translation 'open-land of the moon-shine') is a coastal resort town located about 20 km North-West of Trincomalee. It is a popular tourist destination.
The Trincomalee Harbour (also known as Trincomalee Bay or Koddiyar Bay) is the second largest natural habour in the world. There had been many sea battles to conquer the harbour due to its strategic importance. The Portuguese, Dutch, French, and the English, each held it in turn. In 1942 Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the Trincomalee harbour and sunk three British warship anchored there. The harbour has 1630 hectares of water, while the entrance channel is 500 metres wide. The bay includes the first of a number submarine canyons, making Trincomalee one of the finest deep-sea harbours in the world. Boat rides to the harbour can be organised by the Hotel at a very nominal rate.