Pigeon Island a marine sanctuary. Fishing activities prohibited within a distance of 1 km. All visitors are expected to pay for the entry to the pigeon Island.
Trincomalee is a unique city and the capital of the eastern province. With the largest natural harbor in Asia. on the Bay of Bengal which can accommodate SOME OF THE the largest vessels. A tropical warm weather prevails around the year with beautiful sand ybeaches and crystal clear Turkish blue waters. There is a famous Hindu temple on top of the swami rock which is alos known as the lovers leap .A Hindu Temple with Thousand columns built many centuries ago was destroyed in 1622 by the Portuguese. The road and the climb to the site where the Koneswarm temple is situated leads through the Fort Frederick, built (1676) by the Dutch and the Area is guarded by the Army. During World War II, Trincomalee was the British naval headquarters IN THE SOUTH EAST ASIA. . The British naval base remained in Trincomalee until 1957, when government of Ceylon abrogated its defense agreement with Britain and took over the base. The coastal areas around the town was devastated by theDec., 2004, by the Indian Ocean tsunami..
Tourism is being developed. Some of the finest beaches in the world have been re opened for tourists, The famous Marble beach is nea rthe China bay air Base . The fascinating under water world gives the divers and snorkelers an unforgettable experience. The much spoken Pigeon Island has easy access from the Nilaweli Beach as well as from Uppuweli. The black tip reef sharks found near the pigeon islands, Turtles, famous corals reefs will certainly attract divers and snorkelers to the region.
Swami Rock. Just below the famous Koneswarm temple has a rich marine life. Morays, sweet lips, blue stripe snappers, colorful parrot fish, and much more can be seen. Less corals but has some scenic rock formationsfor divers to see. A site not to be missed.
The touching story behind Lover’s Leap is not a legend. It is a true story attested by an inscription on a pillar on Swami Rock.
Francina van Reed was the daughter of a gentleman of high rank in the civil service of Holland. She was engaged to a young Dutch officer. He broke off the engagement, and upon conclusion of his period of foreign service embarked for Holland.
The forsaken girl watched the vessel from the promontory of Swami Rock, and when the ship taking away the faithless man passed the precipice she flung herself from the rock into the sea – a sheer drop of 400 feet.
A pillar set up on the promontory records the date of the tragedy – 1687 April 24. When Sir Emerson Tennent, Secretary of the Colony saw it in the late 1840s or early 1850s, the inscription which recalled the fate of Francina Van Reed was “nearly obliterated.”
Swami rock – Ganesh statues. Multilevel site 25m, 18, 12, and 6m
Swami rock – Nursery slope. 6 12m Magnitude of juvenile fish !!!
Fort Fredrick point Depth 6 – 18m Big boulders and drop offs.
Uppuveli house reef 1km from the beach 5 – 10m Excellent corals
EEL ROCK 12- 18m 2.5km from Uppuveli. Famous for Morays. !!!
Fort rock 28 – 34m 3.5km from Uppuveli. 15 mins by boat, Excellent marine life.
Pigeon Island West. Depth 1 – 12 m
A fairly large rock is visible from the land. Site is good for snorkelers as well as for open water divers. Some of the largest table corals, stab horn corals leaf corals, many varieties of brain corals and lots of mushroom soft corals can be seen.
Pigeon Island shark point (distance from Uppuvedli – 12km)
More often divers can see black tip reefs sharks 1 – 3m visiting the south eastern side of the island. Certified snorkeling guide to accompany !!
Sardine tooth (Sala pallu known in tamil)
Another shallow site depth ranging from 1- 12 m. Famous for the soft corals. distance from Hotel chaya blu is 15km. Boat elapse time 30mins.
Pinnacles 1 – 16 m 2km from Uppuveli
Just 10 mins by boat from chaya blu. has got three pinnacles. A good site to conduct the under water navigation training dives.
Uppuweli coral bed 1.5 km from chaya blu. Just five mins away. Good place to see the coral in the only glass bottom which operates from chaya blu.
Kotuwe Gala. 5km from Uppuveli Not very far away from the swami rock. The reef is situated in front of fort fredricks from which the name was given.
Swami rock – West
The west side of the swami rock. Depth starting from 3m and goes don to 16m. A very good open water training site. Special care has to be taken since a lot of fishing boats go near the temple to dash a coconut on the wall as a ritual. Dive boat to remain vigilant at all times.
Rock has a good land scape. Visibility variable.5 – 15 m. Good marine life.
Erakandy ship wreck 14 km
More under construction.