This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Trincomalee. To help you make friends with Trincomalee before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Trincomalee, or Trinco, is on the east coast of the island of Sri Lanka. It was one of the towns affected by the civil war in the country that ended a few years ago. This coastal city is well on its way to a full recovery now, although some of the remnants of the war are worth a visit. It is known for its surfing, the large bay and harbor nearby, and the quality of the beaches, hostels, and resorts in and around the town.
The Koneswaram Kovil is a must-visit in Trincomalee. This Hindu place of worship is located right near the sea on a small peninsula that extends outwards into the surrounding ocean. You can walk here from your hostel in the town, so you will not have to spend money on a taxi, which tends to be overpriced in the city. The temple is full of history and legend. Remember to take your shoes off when entering the premises of the temple buildings – not doing so is considered sacrilegious.
When you are in Trincomalee, get a taste of more modern history with a visit to the war cemetery. This small cemetery is the resting place of many Allied soldiers who fell in battle in the Second World War. The cemetery is very well up-kept, and it is a good place to visit and reflect on the tragedies of the war, especially considering the young age of many of the fallen.
If you want something to do that is not so somber, try going diving in the nearby Bay. You can ask your hostel owner where the nearest dive and surf shop is. Rent equipment for a surprisingly affordable rate and head out into the blue water of the beaches. There are some areas that are restricted for swimming, so watch for the signs when looking for a beach. The best thing to do is ask a local where to go for a swim.
Written by local enthusiast for Trincomalee hostelsJakob Lombardi