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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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  • This place has history from Portuguese to Dutch and then to British. Beautiful sea view. Evening visit would be ideal because of the warm weather.  more »
  • Fort Frederick is a must place to visit if you are in Trinco. The world famous lover's leap is one of the great attraction inside the Fort Frederick. You also can visit the Koneswar Hindu Temple and e...  more »
  • Well worth a few hours walk . You start by passing a large stupa with an interesting large hole in the "bulb" bit high up . As it is infront of an army barracks a gun emplacement springs to mind . It'...  more »
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  • Old Portuguese fort. Have to travel through fort Frederick to reach Koneshwaram kovil and Gokanna Temple
  • Tricomalee fort was built by Portuguese, it is well maintained by S.L.Army.
  • One of the oldest fort in sri lanka... Trinco dutch fort
  • Great place to visit
  • Built by Portuguese and completed in 1624. Inside the fort environment is very cool since there are giant trees. You may meet freely moving deers inside the fort. but beware of going so close to them. The middle road of the fort direct to Koneswaram Kovil. There is a Buddhist temple inside the fort as well. No need of permission or entrance ticket to visit the place.