Dondra Head Lighthouse

Posted on May 7, 2019
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Dondra Head Lighthouse

Dondra Head Lighthouse is located in Dondra, Matara. It is also known as the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. It is also the tallest lighthouse of Sri Lanka and many tourists get opportunities to climb the lighthouse if you go in the early morning.

The lighthouse is also the tallest in South East Asia. You can visit the lighthouse after going to the village of Dondra and it is 6km away from Matara city, According to history, the name Dondra means the city of gods. It is one of the most celebrated religious city on the island.  The lighthouse was built during 1887 by UK imperial lighthouse services. The lighthouse was designed, Sir James Nicholas Douglas. Great Britain imported all the building materials of the lighthouse during 1882.

just outside dondra lighthouse
Photo Credit: Mia Bártová

The granite rocks were brought from Scotland. The lighthouse was fully completed in 1890. The Hyperradiant lenses were delivered during the 19th century. Still, the lenses have been used and working effectively. It is 49m in tall with seven floors inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse has 14 two panel yellow color windows it consists of 196 steps to climb to the top of the lighthouse. This is one of the international lighthouses running in the Indian Ocean.

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