Tag: Trincomalee

Sangaman Kanda Ruins – සංගමන් කන්ද නටබුන්

Ruins of a dagoba and the steps leading towards it at the top of the Sangaman Kanda

The ruins of Sangaman Kanda lies between Akkaraipattu and Komari on the Sangaman Kanda rock plateau (Sangamankandiya) close to the main A5 highway. A dilapidated stupa lies at the top of the rock.

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Hoods Tower Naval Museum at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය නාවික කෞතුකාගාරය

The remarkable history of the Sri Lanka Navy from the World War II up to the defeat of the LTTE Terrorists is presented to the visitor At this Hoods Tower Naval Museum at Trincomalee.

Posted in Attractions Tagged with:

Samudragiri Pichchamal Viharaya at Kuchchaveli – කුච්චවේලි සමුද්‍රගිරි පිච්චමල් විහාරය

The unique engraving of stupas not found anywhere else at Samudragiri Pichchamal Viharaya at Kuchchaveli

Samudragiri Pichchamal Viharaya is an ancient archaeological site on the sea coast lying on the small coastal town of Kuchchaveli, 32 kms to the North of Tricomalee.

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Gokanna Viharaya at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය ගෝකන්න විහාරය

The new Gokanna Viharaya at Trincomalee

The new Gokanna Viharaya now lies inside the Fort Fredrick on the North of the point close to the fort entrance of the fort. Few Buddhist artifacts which has been unearthed at various times has found home in this new temple.

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm and World War II – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය තෙල් ටැංකි සංකීර්ණය

Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm

On the morning of April 9, 1942, a Japanese pilot made a kamikaze dive on to this tank number 91 at the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm which resulted in fire which lasted for 7 days and melted 1 inch thick metal sheets like pieces of paper

Posted in Attractions Tagged with:

World War II British War Cemetery at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය දෙවන ලෝක යුද සොහොන් පිටිය

World War II British War Cemetery at Trincomalee

The Trincomalee war cemetery was originally the Combined Services Cemetery, but was taken over by the Admiralty from the military authorities in April 1948 for use as a permanent naval cemetery.

Posted in Attractions Tagged with:

Vilankulama Tank Archaeological Ruins – විලන්කුලම නටබුණ්

A stupa on the opposite side of the main road. there are few theek trees on it — at Vilankulama Ruins

Lying close to Vilankulama Tank in Trincomalee at are archaeological remains of Buddhist monastery. Two dilapidated stupas one near the road and another at the tank remains neglected except by treasure hunters

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Anandakulama Tissa Forest Hermitage – ආනන්දකුලම තිස්ස වන සෙනසුණ

The buddha statue at the peak of the Anandakulama rocky hill of Tissa Forest Hermitage

Lying close to Trincomalee at a foot of the spectacular Anandakulama rock formation lies the Anandakulama Tissa Forest Hermitage which has been used by meditating Bikkus thousands years ago

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Pigeon Island National Park – පරෙවි දූපත් ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Pigeon Island National Park

Size 471.429 hectares Main attraction Marine life, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling Pigeon Island National Park consists of two small islands off the east coast north of Trincomalee . The island gets its name from Blue Rock Pigeon, a native endangered bird

Posted in Wildlife Tagged with: ,

Velgam Vehera in Trincomalee – විල්ගම් වෙහෙර

Velgam Vehera

About 8 miles from Trincomalee, on a path extending beyond the bound of the beautiful tank called Periyakulam (2 miles left just short of Milepost 6 on the Northcoast Road) is a Buddhist temple of unusual interest; Velgam Vihara (Vilgam

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , , ,

Seruwila Raja Maha Viharaya – සේරුවිල මගුල් මහා විහාරය

Seruwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Seruwila is reachable both from road and sea. Sea route begins at Trincomalee to Muttur on boat and another 16 km by roads. Land route is via Kantalai, to Allai which is approximately 45 km through dense forest. List of

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , , , ,

Lankapatuna Samudragiri Viharaya – Trincomalee – ලංකාපටුන සමුද්‍රගිරි විහාරය

Lankapatuna Samudragiri Viharaya

Lankapatuna Samudragiri Viharaya at Trincomalee is said to be lieing in the exact location where the Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamala landed in Sri Lanka with the tooth relic of the Buddha.

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Swami Rock and Koneswaram temple – කෝනේස්වරම් කෝවිල

Swami Rock and Koneswaram temple

Trincomalee’s ancient history is more mystery and legend and sometimes highly debated. On the eastern promontory is the famous Swami rock on which stands the celebrated Koneswaram temple.

Posted in Heritage Tagged with:

Tiriyaya Girihandu Seya [5] – The Sylvan Splendour of Tiriyaya

Thanks to the prevailing ceasefire the people of the south can once again visit the ancient Buddhist shrines in the north of Trincomalee where there is ample evidence of the existence of thriving Buddhist communities in the Anuradhapura period of

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , ,

Tiriyaya Girihandu Seya [4] – Uniqueness of Girihanduseya Temple

The Girihanduseya temple at Tiriyaya is supposed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka enshrined with the hair relic of the Buddha. According to Buddhist annuls two trader brothers Thapassu and Balluka have offered the first ‘dana’ to

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , ,

Tiriyaya Girihandu Seya [3] – Built when Buddha was alive in north India

Two merchants Thapassu and Balluka were fortunate enough to offer the very first alms giving to Buddha after he reached Buddha hood in 528 BC. Responding to their request, Buddha handed over to them his hair as a relic. According

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , ,

Tiriyaya Girihandu Seya [2] – Exploring Trincomalee’s lost heritage

We had reached Trincomalee the previous day and after a relaxing evening began to plan our trip to the “Girikandi-caitya” the “vatadage at Tiriyaya”. The many maps and guide books did not afford any reliable information on the present situation

Posted in Heritage Tagged with: , , ,

Kevuliya / Round Island Lighthouse – කෙවුලිය ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Round Island Lighthouse

  This Kevuliya lighthouse ( Round Island Lighthouse)  lies on top of a small rockey island in the bay of Trincomalee. The lighthouse on the island was built on 1863 and has a focal plane 21 m (61 ft) and

Posted in Attractions Tagged with: ,

Sampur Foul Point Lighthouse – සාම්පූර් ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Sampur (Foul Point) Lighthouse

Sampur, which has been liberated by the Security Forces from the LTTE terrorists (in 2007) , is home to one of the most famous lighthouses in the country. The Foul Point Lighthouse (aka Sampur Lighthouse) has been guiding seafarers safely

Posted in Attractions Tagged with: , , ,

Chapel Hill Lighthouse (Trincomalee Bay)

Batticaloa Lighthouse

Trincomalee is a natural harbor which has been one of the main shipping ports since the ancient times. With invasion of the European empires, this harbor was moved hand to hand and finally to British. Today  Trincomalee is renown for

Posted in Attractions Tagged with: ,

Fort Ostenburg at Trincomalee – ඔස්ටන්බර්ග් බලකොටුව

A Diagram of Fort Ostenburg in Trincomalee from "Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon, 1602-1796" by Rajpal Kumar De Silva, Willemina G. M. Beumer

Fort Ostenburg is believed to be the fort buit by King Rajasinghe II who ruled this country for 52 years (1635-1687) to attack the Portuguese at Fort Fedrick.

Posted in Forts, Heritage Tagged with: , , , ,

Fort Fredrick at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය බලකොටුව

Fort Fredrick at Trincomalee

Fort Fredrick is a fort built by Portuguese at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in 1624. It is said to built from the debris of an ancient Hindu temple that was destroyed by the Portuguese.

Posted in Forts, Heritage Tagged with: , ,