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Dolphin watching in Trincomalee | © Nicole Figueiredo
Dolphin watching in Trincomalee | © Nicole Figueiredo
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Best Things To Do And See In Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Picture of Nicole Figueiredo
Updated: 9 February 2017
Sri Lanka is an enchanting island – the changing climate every 20 kilometers, the rich cultural and historical heritage, mythologically significant locales, hill country area, wildlife parks and, of course, the beaches all around the island. When one does visit the island, which is also known as ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean,’ Trincomalee is one of the favored towns.

Getting to the town with a remarkable natural harbor, however, could get tiresome as it is about 233.7 kilometers away from the airport by road. For those who are willing to spend some extra money, the travel time can be reduced to 45 minutes with the domestic air taxi service – Cinnamon Air, which flies from Bandaranaike Airport to China Bay near Trincomalee. Once you get there, Trinco is a joy to explore. Captured below are the must-see and must-do things in the charming town of Trinco.

Whale Watching

Recognized as one of the best vantage points by oceanographers for whale watching, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to spot blue whales (between March and April) and sperm whales (between August and September). Small boats carrying a maximum of six passengers zoom about 30-50 kilometers into the ocean where one can easily spot whales playing, swishing, and, if you’re lucky, their acrobatic skills.

Whale watching at Trinco
Whale watching at Trinco | © Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka

Dolphin Watching

From May through August, while the whales are away, there are not 15 or 20 but about 300 dolphins worth watching – each of them a pleasure to watch.

Dolphin watching in Trincomalee
Dolphin watching in Trincomalee | © Nicole Figueiredo
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Pigeon Island

For all the water babies, this one’s a delight. Named after the rock pigeons that lived there, Pigeon Island is an ideal spot for snorkeling and spotting corals and marine life – there have even been instances where tourists have swum with octopuses at Pigeon Island. Isn’t that exciting? Make sure a guide escorts you to ensure safety.

Pigeon Island, Sri Lanka

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