Marble Beach


About 17km south of Trinco, there's a turn-off on the left for Marble Beach (signposted just before the Kinniya bridge), a glorious cove bookended by wooded headlands. Run by the air force, there is a resort at the north end of the cove. But spend your time at the south end in the perfect water, enjoying the emerald and blue views and the sight of the odd passing freighter. Note that on weekdays, it can get overrun by school groups.

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Nearby Trincomalee attractions

1. Manayaweli Cove

4.09 MILES

Manayaweli Cove is an appealing curl of fishing beach with clean sand where you can also swim in the clear water; reach it by strolling past Manayaweli…

2. St Mary’s Cathedral

4.26 MILES

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…

3. Maritime & Naval History Museum

4.39 MILES

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…

4. Dutch Bay Beach

4.47 MILES

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

5. Kali Kovil

4.62 MILES

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

6. Fish Market

4.81 MILES

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

7. Fort Frederick


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. Buddha Statue

4.92 MILES

This big standing Buddha statue is at the Gokana Temple.