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 to Marco Polo's time. Upstairs there's a lot of useful info on the flora and fauna of the east coast, especially that of Pigeon Island. Wide porches are fine places to pause and take in the views.

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Nearby Trincomalee attractions

1. 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…

2. St Mary’s Cathedral

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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. Kali Kovil


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

4. 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…

5. Buddha Statue

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This big standing Buddha statue is at the Gokana Temple.

6. Gokana Temple

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

7. Fish Market

0.55 MILES

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

8. Manayaweli Cove

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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…