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The view of Trincomalee from Fort Fredrick is breathtaking. Trincomalee, or Trinco as it’s more commonly known, in North-Eastern Sri Lanka is a place ideal for enjoying the beauty of stunning beaches and marine life. Hidden within the essence of Trinco, Fort Fredrick brings out the old world charm of the pleasant city, although colonial times are long gone.
The Fort is not far from the town. The road leading to the place is also full of charm. Once you enter the fort through the ancient archway, you will see beautiful old trees planted by the Dutch. You can walk right up to the top of the hill, passing the military buildings and barracks of British era, which are still in use.
There is a large mansion called Wellesley House, where the Duke of Wellington stayed on a visit to Ceylon. Unfortunately it’s not open to the public. You can see far up and down the coast, and over the town and harbour. There are crowds of spotted deer roaming around the fort and the temple, which are delightful to watch in the Fort Fredrick. The fort was built by the Portuguese in 1623 and was captured by the Dutch in 1639. Later the fort was captured by the British in 1795.
The old Koneswaram temple, earlier known as the temple of a thousand pillars, was located inside this fort. According to historical information, the Portuguese had demolished the old Koneswaram temple and had built this fort with it parts. The remaining things were pushed down to the sea. According to historical facts, this place was also known as Gokanna and the Gokanna Temple is also located inside.
The famous Lover’s Leap is located by the temple. The story of Lover’s Leap is a sad tale of love. According to historical information, a daughter of a Dutch officer committed suicide by jumping from that point because of her broken love affair.
This remarkable landmark offers an unparalleled experience, taking you on a journey back to a bygone era.
Fort Frederick is located approximately 2.5 hours away from Passikudah. Stay at Amaya Beach, one of the largest hotels in Passikudah, and arrange an excursion to go visit Fort Frederick and all its bygone-era charms.