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Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka, about 110 miles northeast of Kandy. Nature has endowed the region with a beauty and grace that has not been excelled by man. No doubt, man here has enriched Nature’s gifts, so much so, that Trincomalee today is a product of both aspects harmoniously blended.

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The Hindu Shrine “On the summit of the Rock, known as the Swami Rock or the Three Swami Rock, was the temple of unusual size and splendor, renowned through the whole of India, the temple which was razed to the ground and despoiled by the Portuguese in 1624.

Buddhist Holy Sites “Trincomalee and its environs are sacred to the Buddhist as to the Hindu. Tiriyayi 29 miles north of Trincomalee is a place of Buddhist interest. Here has been discovered the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery, with the standing structure of a vat adage, an architectural type, distinctively Sinhalese, occupying an area of about an acre in extent.

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The Harbor “To begin with features sacred, is not to belittle or depreciate the other manifold fascinations of Trincomalee. “Its importance as a place of strategic consequence guided its destinies in modern times. The great European powers vied with one another for the mastery of the harbor. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English, each held it in turn, and many a sea fight was staged off the cliffs of Trincomalee.

A carriage road winds along the northern and eastern sections of the harbor.

Its gifts as a natural harbor may ere long bear fruit, as a commercial port of immense consequence to the economy of Sri Lanka.

Hot Springs “Among the sights of the place are the seven hot springs of Kanniyayi, on the road to Trincomalee.

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