The beautiful, yet quiet and undisturbed East Coast, that had suffered much during the many years of civil war in the island is now receiving the well deserved attention and development. The climate is opposite to that of the west coast. During May to October, when the monsoon hits the west, the sun mostly shines in the east. The population here is predominantly Tamil and Muslim, in the west it’s mostly Sinhalese. The climate and vegetation is also different
Trincomalee, now the third largest city in Sri Lanka, is best known for its famous deep- water harbor. Fort Frederick, originally built by the Portuguese in 1623, before falling into the hands of the Dutch, French and finally the British is encircled by a stone wall, enclosing a parkland, a huge Banyan tree and Wellington house. The colorful Koneswaram Hindu temple sits at the highest point of the Swami Rock (130m). The spot near the edge of the rock is known as Lover’s Leap, in commemoration of a young Dutch lady who jumped off the cliff here in 1687 and survived the fall. The oceanfront road along Dutch Bay offers fine sea views and the beach here is a popular spot around sunset, when the locals like to gather here to loll around on the sand.