Kali Kovil


Kali Kovil has the most impressive, eye-catching gopuram (gateway towers) of Trinco’s many Hindu temples. It's always busy.

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Nearby Trincomalee attractions

1. Fish Market

0.19 MILES

Fishy interest is provided at the raucous daily fish market near the bus station. Early mornings are busiest.

2. Maritime & Naval History Museum


A grand 18th-century Dutch colonial building has been renovated and turned into a museum. Displays on the ground floor cover Sri Lankan naval history back…

3. Dutch Bay Beach


Right in the centre of Trinco is the attractive and picturesque Dutch Bay. Swimming is possible despite sometimes dangerous undertows. However, it’s more…

4. Buddha Statue

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This big standing Buddha statue is at the Gokana Temple.

5. Gokana Temple

0.48 MILES

There are fine views of Trinco and the coastline from here.

6. St Mary’s Cathedral


Of the city's churches, the 1852 Catholic St Mary’s Cathedral is particularly attractive, with a sky-blue neo-baroque frontage and a tiled, towered rear…

7. Fort Frederick

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Occupying the neck of a narrow peninsula, Fort Frederick has been a defensively important site for centuries. A fortress was initially constructed here by…

8. Swami Rock

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The base for Kandasamy Kovil is considered the world's greatest vantage point for spotting blue whales. Note the odd cubic-shaped rocks below.