Trincomalee, or Trinco as it’s popularly known, is something of a Mecca for tourists, though thankfully minus the overcrowding. Home to one of Asia’s best natural, deep-water ports, Trincomalee has historically figured prominently in seafaring narratives and travelogues and is easily one of the most pristine beach destinations in the island.

Located 257km northeast of Colombo, Trincomalee is home to such well known beaches as Nilaveli, Uppuveli and others. The largely unspoiled Nilaveli beach in particular, stretches on for miles and is so secluded in some areas that it feels like one’s own private beach.

Pigeon Island, located off the coast of Trinco is arguably the best location for snorkeling in the entirety of Sri Lanka. Its breathtaking coral reefs and the hundreds of species of fish – watch out for that elusive reef shark – make for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Trinco is also ideal for diving. Particularly off Pigeon Island, Uppuveli and other parts of the coast. The immensely deep waters also attract blue whales and dolphins and Trinco, along with Mirissa in the south, is considered one of the top whale watching destinations in this part of the world.

Trincomalee is also renowned for its cultural heritage. Konesvaram Temple is a must-visit.

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