Day trip

From Dambulla: Trincomalee Sightseeing Tour

From Dambulla: Trincomalee Sightseeing Tour

From £107.18 per person

Spend the day exploring thethe ancient harbor city of Trincomalee on the beautiful Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka. Explore nature, ancient architecture, and religious monuments with an English-speaking guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup within Dambulla area
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the flocks of pigeons and other animals on Pigeon Island
  • Feel the waters in the Kinniya hot wells
  • Visit Thirukoneswaram Temple and admire its mix of ancient and modern architecture
  • See Fort Frederick, built by the Portuguese using stones from Thirukoneswaram Temple
Full description
Take a full day trip from Dambulla to visit the area of Trincomalee, a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Immerse yourself in the nature and ancient religious architecture of the area with an English-speaking guide.   You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Dambulla at around 7:00 AM for the 1.5-hour drive to reach Trincomalee. Your first destination will be the beautiful islet off the coast, Pigeon Island. This has been the nesting ground for local rock pigeons for centuries. Continue on to the hot wells of Kinniya. Learn about the legends behind these protected archaeological monuments and feel their different temperatures. Then, admire the ruins of the old Shiva Temple nearby that was destroyed during the recent civil wars.   After the hot wells, you’ll visit Thirukoneswaram Temple, which may be as old as 5,000 years. View its fascinating architecture, both ancient and more modern, due to it being rebuilt in part during the Portuguese era. Follow the rock path to a secret cave where you can see the primitive and ancient shrine where the temple was born.   After lunch at your own expense in a local eatery and a relaxing break, restart the tour at 2:00 PM. Visit Fort Frederick, constructed by the Portuguese using stones from the original Koneswaram Temple that they destroyed. To this day, parts of the fort bear markings from the original temple walls.   Your final destination is Marble Beach, known for its smooth white sands and clear waters. Sunbathe and relax until 5:30 PM, at which point you’ll head back to Dambulla for approximately 7:00 PM.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking chauffeur/guide
  • 1 liter of bottled mineral water per person
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Food

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to bring a packed breakfast for the morning drive.
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Product ID: 256902