If you visit Trincomalee area in North Eastern Sri Lanka you can find many tourist attractions to occupy your time. Some of them are the hot water springs in Kanniyayi, the Trincomalee Harbour, the Pigeon Island, the old Dutch Fort, the Nilaveli beach and other beaches for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching, not to mention the town itself with its blend of people with their different cultures and traditions.
Out of these famous locations in Trincomalee, the old Dutch Fort is perhaps the most important tourist attraction. That is because it is not just a old fortress. This fort is a very diverse attraction for a tourist, because within it a curious tourist has got many things to see and experience.
Sadly many people don’t know about the things you got to see in this historic Fort. So I thought to photograph and document things of interest you find within the old Trincomalee Dutch fort which also happens to be the largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka. I took the photographs of the Fort I’m sharing here on a visit to the Trincomalee somewhere in the end of September 2011. So without further ado here is the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka at your perusal…
Trincomalee Fort Fredrick (1624-1948) As Seen From Trincomalee Town Dutch Bay Beach
The Dutch Fort as seen from the Trincomalee town beach. As you will see in the map below the Fort is built on a small north facing peninsular land mass that juts out of a larger peninsular in which the Trincomalee town is today located.
The Map of the Fort
The Entrance To the Fort
Backside of the Fort Entrance
Fort Fredrick Road leading to Trincomalee Town
Road within the Fort to Koneswaram Hindu Kovil
The Army Camp of Sri Lanka Army Gajaba Regiment
Koneswaram Kovil (Hindu Temple)
Monkeys Waiting for Food from Tourist & Pilgrims
Tourist shops and souvenir stands within Fort on the way to Koneswaram Kovil
Sweets and Food Products made primarily from Palmyra Tree
Souvenir stand selling Seashell And Shell-work Artifacts
View of Trincomalee Town And Fishing Harbour from a hill within the Fort
A hill within the fort
The Place called Lover’s Leap
Remains of World War II British Coastal Artillery Guns
Un-Preserved Ruins & Wilderness within the Fort
Hope you enjoyed these pictures and the little detail I could provide with it. Feel free to add your comments and any knowledge about Trincomalee Fort you like to share in the comments.