A largest natural harbor a best sheltered in the world. During the WWII the harbor was a naval base for British and allied forces. The Eastern Province capital home to many ethnic groups namely Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burgers and few Chinese descendants as well. All religious groups Buddhist, Hindus, Muslims and Christians live with harmony but tension among LTTE separatist and Sinhalese majority faced ethnic unrest and went in to war since two decades.
Major attraction a Swami rock a home to Hindu shrines a famous Thirukoneshwaram and Fort Fredrick build by Portuguese a garrison for Dutch and British troops. The longest river Mahaweli (33 km) begins at Adams Peak and reaches sea at 12 km south of the Trincomalee known as Koddiar Bay .
Nilaweli beach resort area just 16 km from Trincomalee. White sand beaches and best hotel give splendid service. After tsunami disaster most of the hotels been washed away and now all are refurbished.
Distance: from Colombo 257 km, from Kandy 182 km