Kanniya Hot Springs, Trincomalee

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Experience everyday local tradition and take a bath in the holy waters of Kanniya Hot Springs. The earliest references to this site date back to the Ravana period, over 5,000 years ago. Today, locals who wish to benefit from the water's medicinal properties visit the wells. Step onto the tile floor and find seven man-made square-shaped wells, each no more than waist-deep. Grab a bucket, scoop out some water (sourced from natural springs below), and take a bath the local way. Notice that each of the wells varies slightly in temperature. Arrange to visit Kanniya Hot Springs and other attractions in Trincomalee using our Trincomalee travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    don't bother . Really, I can't imagine why any traveller would go 2 minutes out of their way to see this local bathing pit.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This place has been restored by the Sri Lankan Army, and proper safe wells have been created for visitors to enjoy the warm water. Bathing is allowed, no soap or shampoo. popular with the locals  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We were there on a Sunday, where there was a very hectic and bustle. From several wells close to each other under different temperature water is pulled out. Geology? Faith is a great temperature for bacterial proliferation in the "shower area". Not so my case.
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