Trincomalee

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Trincomalee
திருகோணமலை
ත්‍රිකුණාමලය
City of Trincomalee
View of Trincomalee Bay
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Trincomalee is located in Sri Lanka
Trincomalee
Trincomalee
Coordinates: 8°34′0″N 81°14′0″E / 8.56667°N 81.23333°E / 8.56667; 81.23333
CountrySri Lanka
ProvinceEastern
DistrictTrincomalee
DS DivisionTown & Gravets
Government
 • TypeUrban Council
Area
 • Total7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total99,135
 • Density13,000/km2 (34,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Trincomalians
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+6

Trincomalee (English: /ˌtrɪŋkməˈl/; Tamil: திருகோணமலை, romanized: Tirukōṇamalai; Sinhala: ත්‍රිකුණාමළය, romanized: Trikuṇāmaḷaya) also known as Gokanna/Gokarna,[1] is a city in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Trincomalee District and a major port city. The city is on the east coast of the island. It overlooks the Trincomalee Harbour. Trincomalee is 237 kilometres (147 mi) north-east of Colombo, 182 kilometres (113 mi) south-east of Jaffna and 111 kilometres (69 mi) miles north of Batticaloa. It has been one of the main centres of Sri Lankan Tamil language speaking culture on the island for over 2000 years. 99,135 people lived there in 2021.[2] The city is built on a peninsula of the same name. This peninsula divides its inner and outer harbours. People from Trincomalee are known as Trincomalians. The local authority is Trincomalee Urban Council. Trincomalee city is home to the famous Koneswaram temple. It is from this temple that it got its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai. The town is home to other historical monuments. These include the Bhadrakali Amman Temple, Trincomalee, the Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Hall and the Trincomalee Hindu College. The college opened in 1897.


References[change | change source]

  1. "Trincomalee – Sri Lanka". britannica.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. "Sri Lanka: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer.[dead link]