Fort Frederick, Trincomalee

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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. To visit Fort Frederick on your trip to Trincomalee, use our Trincomalee tour itinerary maker app .
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  • September 25, 2017
    Fort Frederick in Trincomalee a day tour, we visited and enjoyed us. The walk through the old gate along the old colonial houses (Netherlands) and then only the Buddhist temple and finally the Hindu temple is really nice at the end with panoramic view from the cliff. Recommended. Disturbing is many car traffic on the main road.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Not only the historic back ground, you can see the deers and pea cocks living freely here. This place is controlled by the sri lankan military. You can see the nice view of bay of koddiyar.  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    In Trincomalee, this beautiful Dutch fort dating back to the 17th century. The walls are still original. I the fort is now a Buddhist monastery
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  • April 24, 2017
    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.
  • April 30, 2017
    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!
  • July 4, 2017
    Well preserved fort. Inner road flaked by large trees. you can watch deer inside the fort
  • July 12, 2017
    Nice place for walk in the evening..
  • June 7, 2017
    Historucally very important place. Everybody can learn lot about colonial era ,and architecture of colonial time.

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Close to the restaurants and cultural sites in the center of town, the district surrounding the main train station of Trincomalee provides a number of guesthouses and a few simple hotels. Look along the coast for a far greater amount of choice, with Trinco Beach to the south offering a nice mix of urban entertainment and beachside relaxation. To the north of Trincomalee, the beach towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli boast particularly high concentrations of hotels and guesthouses, all close to the beach, restaurants, and other amenities.
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