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Trincomalee is one of the largest towns in the Eastern coast and access to it was limited because of the terrorism issues.

But after the end of the war thousands of people started going there and how it is turning out to be major tourist attraction.

There are many places to visit near Trincomalee and below are a few things to do

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island is located around 1 km away from the Nilaveli beach. This is consists of two islands, one is small and other one is larger in size. This is one of the best places to see corals.

This island got it's name because of the Rock Pigeons live over there. In year 2003 Pigeon island was designated as a nation park in Sri Lanka. Earlier it was a sanctuary. This island was used by British army as a place for shooting practice in early world war time.

Located within the Trincomalee Fort, Koneswaram Hindu kovil is also known as the temple of thousand pillars. The primary deity worshipped here is Lord Shiva in the form of Konesar.

Hot Wells

Hot Springs of Kanniya located four kilometres from Trincomalee has a history that spans over 1000 years.

What is remarkable about this location is the fact that it consists of seven hot wells which has water of varying temperature.

It is therefore a major attraction among tourists and locals.

This is a place you must visit if you come to trinco

Trincomalee War Cemetery

Trinco sea port was formerly a naval base and during the war it came under attack by the Japanese. Following the incident, a British war ship in the harbour got destroyed killing 368 soldiers and injuring many. It is believed that the bodies of those who died and some of the corpses which could not be taken back to Britain were buried here. In addition the cemetery has the graves of Lankan soldiers who died during the phase of the World War II.

Koneswaram

The Koneswaram Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated mainly to Lord Shiva. It is one of the five Sivan temples found on the island. It is believed that the temple has been there for more than 2,500 years now.

In 1622, the Portuguese decided to demolish the ancient temple. The materials derived from the shrine were used to build and fortify the fort that they built nearby. The Koneswaram Temple was one of the many temples sacked and destroyed during this time.

With the independence of Sri Lankaabout 450 years later, Hindu devotees in Trincomaleecame together and were able to rebuild the temple by 1952. However, the size of the temple has been significantly reduced.

Sri Laxmi Narayana Perumal

A million golden rays of the sharp afternoon sun showered the land that shone with a sublime gaiety. Looming high against the sharp blue heavens stood a unique temple structure visible from far across the plains. The Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil in Nilaveli, Trincomalee was a massive edifice mingling sky blue and sparkling gold, embellished with intricate carvings and colourful sculptures that unfailingly awed the approaching devotees.

Taking the turn from the town of Trincomalee towards the popular Nilaveli beach we found ourselves speeding through a stretch of road that ran straight amidst grassy patches, a few scattered houses and dust coated shrubbery that lined either side. The Kovil was a few kilometres ahead strikingly noticeable in its vast structure on one side of the road.

We parked on the road side and entered the sacred premises walking the distance from the gate engulfed in the quietude and unworldly bliss that often surround such places of divinity. Just before the large wooden doors stood the bronze coloured Dhwaja Stambha or the flag hoisting mast of the temple. Inside, the main shrine stood centred at the far back housing the supreme lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. Outside this stood the statue of the Garuda eagle, the king of the birds, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The vast corridor or walkway ran all around the shrine along which stood the statues of the deity Vishnu.

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