Hot springs are springs formed when groundwater heated by the earth’s natural geothermal activity emerges. Although there are many definitions of a hot spring, the generally held definition is that they should contain water above body temperature. They form naturally and are primarily found in regions with volcanic activity, although they can occur in non-volcanic areas as well. Hot springs are frequented for their presumed therapeutic effect and are found all over the world, including the island of Sri Lanka.
The best hot springs in Sri Lanka can be found in Trincomalee (called Trinco for short), which is a major city found on the island’s eastern coast. There are two major hot springs in Trincomalee, namely Kanniya and Rankiriya. According to legend, the Kanniya springs formed when King Ravana struck the ground with his sword causing hot water to gush from the ground. Walls have been built around the site …read more >