Trincomalee lies at the union of river and sea, forming one of the loveliest natural harbors in the world. It also boasts a 35-mi/55-km white beach with coves, bays, islets and hot springs. The Koneswaram Hindu temple sits on a hill 400 ft/120 m above the ocean. Also on higher ground is a 16th-century Dutch fort. It's possible to dive among wrecks ranging from World War II naval casualties to old galleons. Trincomalee is experiencing some growth with new resorts planned for the area. 150 mi/240 km northeast of Colombo.

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