a port in NE Sri Lanka, on the Bay of Trincomalee (an inlet of the Bay of Bengal); British naval base until 1957: a centre of conflict in the insurgency by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). Pop: 44 313 (1981 census); more recent official figures are not available
town and port, Sri Lanka, on the island's northeastern coast. It is situated on a peninsula in Trincomalee Bay-formerly called Koddiyar (meaning "Fort by the River") Bay-one of the world's finest natural harbours.
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