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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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  • The big must see in Trincomalee. Fort Frederick was originally built by the Portugese in 1623 and captured by the Dutch in 1782. British from 1796 until Ceylon's independence. It is now a very attract...  more »
  • Witnessed this ancient fort which was governed by three different foreign nationalities of the past started in the early 17th century. This has become an army camp and access is limited to see the who...  more »
  • The former Dutch and British colonial fort occupies the base of the peninsula and is now a military zone that you pass through on the way to Koneswaram Temple. There are indeed many deer around.  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.