Sampur Foul Point Lighthouse – සාම්පූර් ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

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Sampur Foul Point Lighthouse - සාම්පූර් ප්‍රදීපාගාරය
Sampur Foul Point Lighthouse – සාම්පූර් ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Trincomalee is deep all season natural harbour which was used since the ancient kings thousands of years ago. Known as Gokanna in the ancient times, this harbour was a key strategic location which all the european invaders were keen on taking control. Once the coastal area was captured by the Portuguese in the 17th century, Kandyan kingdom’s access to the sea was primarily through Batticaloa and through Koddiyar Bay inside the Trincomalee bay.

Antonio Bocarro states in 1635, that the objective for building the Trincomalee Fort by the Portuguese was to prevent European enemies from putting up a fort on this side of the island and then contact the king of Kandy and from having communications with him through Kottiyarama (now Somapura Seruvila area).

Foul Point is the outer south-east point of Trincomalee Bay. The Foul Point Lighthouse (Sampur Lighthouse) was built in 1863 by the British with a height of 32 metres and diameter of 25 metres. The lighthouse is built in to 5 levels with steel stairs and has been guiding seafarers safely to their destinations for centuries..

During the 30 year war with the Tamil Tiger Terrorists in the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka, these ares were under terrorist control from time to time. This lighthouse was accessible only through the sea during this period and was never used or maintained. However the terrorist organisation along with its leadership was wiped out in 2009 and slowly the life of the villagers were brought back to normalcy with removal of the landmines and such. Although the lighthouse stood, it was riddled with bullet holes due to the frequent battles.

However after a long time standing as witness to the brutality of war, it has been finally repairs and restored to the ancient glory now. The light house is now under the management of the Navy and it is accessible to any person now.

References

  • Abeyasinghe, T. B. H. , 1995, Description of Ceylon in the in the Book of the Plans of all the Fortresses Cities and towns of the State of Oriental India by ATNONIO BOCARRO Dedicated to the Most Serene Royal Majesty Philip IV of the Spains and III of Portugal our Lord the King February 17, 1635. . Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka , new series. 1995. Vol. 39

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Route from Trincomalee to Sampur Foul Point Lighthouse
Through : Kinniya – Mutur
Distance : 43 km
Travel time : 1 hours
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