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Fort Frederick, Trincomalee

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Landmark Tourist Spot
The walls of Fort Frederick protect two temples and offer excellent views of the coastline. Initially constructed by the Portuguese, and later rebuilt by the Dutch, the fort offers sights of miscellaneous artillery, a Gokana temple, and a rebuilt Koneswaram temple, as well as some spotted deer roaming the military camp. On your way from Gokana temple to Kneswaram temple, admire the Georgian-style mansion of Wellesley Lodge, which dates back to the 1700s. You can’t enter the mansion, but the exterior makes it worth a visit. As the Sri Lankan army uses the fortress as a military camp, ask before you take any photos of military personnel or buildings. Finally, climb up Swami Rock for some great views. Use our Trincomalee travel itinerary planner to add Fort Frederick and other attractions to your Trincomalee vacation plans.
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  • We found the fort very uninteresting and really not worth the time. We also went to the fort in Galle which was really interesting! I would recommend to go there and skip this one.  more »
  • It was a nice late afternoon visit. The old trees and the old colonial buildings make it a good spot. It has a very famous Hindu temple inside the fort.  more »
  • It's very nice place. It's old Fort. If you are fun of old ruined buildings this place is for you. There is a real deers. They are living there.  more »
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  • Wondering early morning walk here. The place is well kept by the navy and armed forces and you see wild spotted deer (I think that's the name) all over the place. Even peacocks I'd you're lucky. A walk past fort Fredrick, you will end up at lover's leap. Built by the Dutch (if I'm not mistaken) the fort stands as a reminder that we were influenced by invaders.
  • First of all, we didn't actually climb the big walls and just went along the path to Koneswaram temple. There is a nice view of the sea as well as some old weapons which would definitely help you to take some snaps with. Walking around here made my mind calm!
  • Historucally very important place. Everybody can learn lot about colonial era ,and architecture of colonial time.
  • Nice setting for a fort by the sea. It is still a cantonment area but visitors are allowed. Thirukoneswaram Temple is inside the fort and on top of a cliff.
  • Plenty of the fort is not accessible, it is in use by the military and navy and therefore many parts of the fort are blocked. The entrance is quite nice and the view from sea / the beach impressive.