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Indian nationals travelling to Trincomalee do not require a visa. However, the Sri Lankan government issues an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) that allows entrance in the country for 30 days. The documents required to get ETA are
Trincomalee, which is also known as Gokanna, is a significant resort port city of the Eastern Province in Sri Lanka. Also called “Trinco” by the locals, this city has been one of the most important centres of Tamil culture in Sri Lanka.
With a recorded history of more than 2 millenniums, it is one of the oldest cities in the continent. The city once served as a major port for international trades. Its architecture shows some of the best examples of the mixed native and European styles. The Bay harbour is bridged by the river Mahavilli Ganga in the south. This river is also known as “Gokarna” which means “cow’s ear”. Its religious importance has earned this city the name of “Dakshin Kailasam” which means Kailash of the south.
There are many places in Trincomalee that are considered as popular destinations. These are the top tourist places to visit in Trincomalee:
The cities providing bus service to Trincomalee are Dambulla and Anuradhapura, Kalmunai and Batticaloa in the south. There are frequent buses from major cities such as Colombo and Jaffna in the north. Trincomalee is connected with Sri Lankan railways originating from the Colombo fort. Due to the presence of straight and flat roads, buses are a better option than trains for travelling. Train journey from Colombo could take up to 9 hours. You can book train tickets in advance, but the demand for the train tickets are high. An Airbase is located near the town. The Sri Lankan Air Force operates commercial flights from Colombo (Ratmalana) to Trincomalee (China Bay). There are also private seaplane operators flying the Colombo- Trincomalee route. Air Taxi Cinnamon Air, a domestic airline in Sri Lanka, operates flights from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Trincomalee.
Trincomalee is a small town but walking invites a tremendous amount of begging and street harassment. The old part of the city is particularly bothersome due to opium tourism and a long history of prostitution. For longer trips, tuk-tuks (i.e. three-wheeler rickshaws) are available everywhere in the city. It is recommended to find one decent driver and staying with that trusted person for the entire duration of your trip. To go to Uppuveli or Nilaveli, you can catch a bus from the bus station in town. One can rent a bike and ride around Trincomalee city and the beaches, and it's an excellent way to discover the area with complete independence.
Trincomalee has a tropical climate with a wet season except for March to June (the dry season). The city faces a bit of annual precipitation, and its summers last from April to September. People desiring to enjoy the diving season should visit between May to October. The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round but the only time to avoid would be from March to June.
Festivals and events in Trincomalee add an extra dose of excitement to the holiday experience. Events in Trincomalee are all about fun, entertainment and learning. While planning your trip, check out for the timings of the crucial events in Trincomalee if you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the celebrations! Attending music concerts and sports events are undoubtedly the things to do if you are in Trincomalee.
The weather in Sri Lanka is hot and humid, so make sure that your clothing keeps you comfortable in this environment. Light cotton clothing is one of your best bets. The local people prefer to cover up their body to avoid getting sun-burnt. Don’t forget to pack your sunglass and hat. Mosquito repellents are necessary as there can be a lot of mosquitos due to Sri Lanka’s Tropical climate. The weather can also get you overheated and dehydrated, so a water bottle is necessary. If you use Sri Lanka public transport to go to your hotel or the airport, stick with carry-on luggage only, if possible.
There are many beach front restaurants with beautiful views and decent food. Don't miss a sunset with a fresh juice while chilling on the sea beach. For a quick snack, you can enjoy typical Sri Lankan snacks or the local comfort food – Kottu (which resembles fried rice, but it’s made with a type of roti known as godamba roti) at Nilaveli road. There is an array of fantastic seafood restaurants and juice stalls at Sarvodaya Road. Also, try awesome Asian fruits mangosteen and wood apple. For seafood you can try Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry), Kukul mas curry (chicken curry), Parippu (dhal curry), Lamprais, Hoppers (Appa or Appam), Polos (green jackfruit curry), Wambatu moju (eggplant/brinjals pickle) etc.
Green Park Hotel
Joy Sea Food Restaurant
Rea Beach Restaurant
Trincomalee is a typical midsize town with 2-3 large shopping streets. Central Road is part of the central shopping area. You should not expect upmarket things except some chain clothing stores. You can buy fabrics or local handicrafts but beware of the tourist pricing. If a local accompany you, prices will become a lot more realistic. Bargaining is must in the local street markets. Thassim Jewellers is the oldest Jewelry shop in Trincomalee that existed since the British Period, and they are specialists in Gems, Gold Jewellery, Antiques and Silver Jewellery. You should definitely buy souvenirs and other gifts for yourself and your friends and families.
A mishap can occur at any time during your planned trip hence, it is always a wise step to take your travel insurance beforehand to cover your all travel and medical related emergencies during your trip.
Trincomalee has decent medical facilities with both government and private hospitals, but private hospitals a bit cleaner and safer for treatment. A Trincomalee physician should be able to correctly diagnose and treat you in most instances, and when they cannot, they are going to direct you to the correct specialist. In case of any requirement, you can visit MHU General Hospital Trincomalee, Trincomalee General Hospital, Ceymed Hospital, Kanthale Base Hospital which offer decent treatment facilities.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. Sinhala is the native language of the Sinhalese people, who constitute approximately 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s population. Tamil is Sri Lanka’s second official language. Majority of Sri Lankans are conversational in English, so you are unlikely to face communication issues. Sri Lankan English might not be entirely comprehensible to native English speakers due to the accent and words borrowed from local languages. If you are planning to visit Trincomalee, you can surely keep in mind the following essential Sinhala Phrases:
|Good Morning||Subha udaesanak|
|My name is||Ma-ge na-ma|
|Where is ..?||Ko-he-dha|
|How much is this?||Meka Kiyada|
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