Fort Fredrick, Trincomalee


Fort Fredrick
Fort Fredrick

The Fort Fredrick was build by Portuguese in 1623. This is located by the Trincomalee town. The famous Koneswaram temple is located inside this fort. This Hindu temple earlier know as temple of thousand Pillars. According to historical information,Portuguese had demolished the old Koneswaram temple and they build this fort with the parts of that. The remaining things were push down to the sea. According to the historical facts, this place also known as Gokanna and the Gokanna Temple also located in side this, where the current Koneswaram temple is located.

Fort Fredrick
Fort Fredrick

This fort was captured by Dutch in 1639. Later this was captured by British in 1795. According to the historical information, there is another fort build by king Rajasinghe 11  (1635-1687). It call Fort Ostenbur. Actually he was getting some help from Dutch to fight against the  Portuguese, but didn't have a much trust on them also. So he decided to build his own fort. This fort is locate in side the Trincomalee Navel Dockyard. You can get more information about this  from Fort Ostenburg

Fort Fredrick
Fort Fredrick

Fort Fredrick
Fort Fredrick

Fort Fredrick is currently occupied by Sri Lankan military, but you can go through it and visit the Koneswarm temple. With the end of the war, most of the restrictions were relaxed and you can travel with out almost zero hassle. More and more visitors both local and foreign are visiting this place.

Beach by the Fort Fredrick
Beach by the Fort Fredrick

The famous Lovers Leap is located by the temple. According to the some historical information, a daughter of a Dutch officer committed suicide by jumping from that point because of her broken love affair.

Fort Fredrick view from the beach
Fort Fredrick view from the beach

If you are visiting this place, you need to park your vehicles by the nearby parking area and get a three wheeler and visit the temple at the top of the hill. Its more than 1 km from the parking area to the Koneswaran temple. You can take a bath at the nearby beach.



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