Trincomalee (also popular as Gokanna) is the administrative headquarters of Trincomalee District and major port city of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province. The city covers a total area of approx 7,5 km2 (2,9 ml2) and has a population of around 99,140 people (2012 census).
- Trincomalee has been among the main centres of Sri Lanka's Tamil language speaking culture for more than two millennia. The city is created on a peninsula bearing the same name, dividing its inner and outer harbours. Trincomalee people are known as Trincomalians. The local authority serves under the name Trincomalee Urban Council.
- The city of Trincomalee is home to the popular Koneswaram temple and other historical monuments like Bhadrakali Amman Temple, Trincomalee Hindu College and Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Hall. The city is also the site of Trincomalee railway station and ancient ferry service to harbour's south side at Muttur and to Jaffna.
- The strategic importance of Trincomalee has influenced its recent history. The European powers competed for mastery of the harbour. Each of the Portuguese, Dutch, French, and British held it in turn. Many sea battles have taken place nearby.
- The harbour, which is the world's 5th largest natural harbour, is overlooked by highlands. The entrance of Trincomalee harbour is guarded by a couple of headlands, and a carriage road goes along its eastern and northern edges. The location of Trincomalee, in a sparsely populated and less well developed area, hashampered its development. However, plans are under way to develop it as a commercial seaport.
- In 2015, Sri Lanka and India agreed to develop the largest oil depot of South Asia at a port close to Trincomalee. Indian Oil Corporation works with Ceylon Petroleum Corporation in order to develop Upper Tank Farm at an abandoned WWII port, famous as China Bay.
- Trincomalee city is sacred to Sri Lankan Tamils as well as Hindus around the world. It boasts a lot of Hindu sites of great historical importance. Prominent sites include Koneswaram temple compound, and its Bhadrakali temple located on Konesar Road, as well as Salli Muthumariamman Kovil of Uppuveli beach found in the Trincomalee Sambalativu suburb.
- Trincomalee features some of the most scenic beaches in Sri Lanka, relatively clean and unspoilt. The area is popular for swimming and bathing, owing to the shallowness of the sea. Whale watching is another common pastime in the area.
- There are the 7 hot springs of Kanniya on the road to the city of Trincomalee. A wall bounds the rectangular enclosure that includes all 7 springs. Each of them is in turn enclosed via a dwarf wall in order to form a well. The temperature of each spring is slightly different, but the water is warm and relaxing.
Highlights: Beaches, Fort Frederick, Pigeon Island, Kanniyai hot springs
Port Trincomalee cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|25 December, 2018|
|Le Laperouse||05:00||19:00||Chennai, Madras, India|
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