Lanka's Eastern Coast has a unique charm of its own. Its deep
turquoise seas fringed by white sandy beaches are a delight for
water sports enthusiasts. The port town of Trincomalee , Nilaweli,
Kalkudah. Pasekudah are its more famous tourist centres.
Trincomalee is famed
for its natural harbour. Described by Admiral Lord Nelson as the
finest harbour in the world when he visited aboard HMS Seashore in
1770. It is ranked as the world's 5 th largest natural harbours.
During the Second World War the harbour became the base for the
combined East Asian Fleet of the Allied Powers. It is the ideal
beach resort for beach addicts between April and November when the
sea is at its best.
Located at the mouth of Sri Lanka 's
longest river Mahaveli Ganga, Trinco's most famous landmark is
Fort Fredrick , a century and a half of British fortifications can
be found here. The cliff known as Swami Rock on the tip of Fort
Fredrick 's promontory is associated with a tragic romantic tale
woven around a Dutch maiden who is believed to have jumped to her
death from this spot seeing her fickle lover sailing away.
kovil which stands on the top most pinnacle of the Swamy Rock is a
highly venerated Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The most
famous and beautiful beaches on the East Coast is Nilaveli, situated
at the centre of the 30 km strand of beach which runs uninterrupted
from north of Trinco, Close to Nilaveli is Red Roc k Beach- an
estuary perch and pinkish colour boulders.
A short boat – ride
off the beach and you visit Pigeon Island (boat services
available).About 11 km from west of Trinco are the Kanniyai Hot
Springs, sacred to Hindus who believe them to be a creation of God
Vishnu.The Dagoba enshrining the hair relics of the Buddha – Triyai
dating back to 8 th Cen...AD is a short distance from Trinco's
coast. Some of the beach territory is still unexplored. A school of
blue sperm whales made their habitat off the coast, and the shallow
water near the beach have some exquisite coral formations.
Passekudah Bay with its wide sandy beach and a reef protected sea is
an ideal place for children and wind surfers and water skiers.