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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. Use our Trincomalee travel itinerary planner to add Fort Frederick and other attractions to your Trincomalee vacation plans.
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  • A lovely place to walk because there is much trees and blow because the sea is next. We recommend to visit when is in Trincomalee.
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  • Probably, amazed that this Fort is based acting military unit. You pass by the military, who are involved in their affairs sufficiently curious. In General, place a fairly barren and induces nostalgia, lack of life-tourists, some elements that delineate the place and its history. But being in Trincomalee to visit its worth, because this is a symbolic place.
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  • I was in the understanding that this was a fort which we could visit; actually it is a drive through to the Konesvaram Temple. It is still used by the military so no visits allowed.  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!
  • Well preserved fort. Inner road flaked by large trees. you can watch deer inside the fort
  • Nice place for walk in the evening..
  • Historucally very important place. Everybody can learn lot about colonial era ,and architecture of colonial time.

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Where to stay in Trincomalee

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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