Swami Rock


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

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Trincomalee attractions

1. Kandasamy Kovil

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This revered temple at the summit of a rocky outcrop is one of Sri Lanka’s pancha ishwaram, five historical Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and…

2. Gokana Temple

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

3. Buddha Statue

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This big standing Buddha statue is at the Gokana Temple.

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. Fish Market

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

6. Kali Kovil

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

7. Dutch Bay Beach

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

8. Maritime & Naval History Museum

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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…