Lighthouses of Sri Lanka

A lighthouse is a tower, building, or framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire and used as an aid to navigation and to pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, and safe entries to harbours and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.

Visiting and photographing lighthouses are popular hobbies as is collecting ceramic replicas. Some lighthouses are popular travel destinations in their own right, and the buildings maintained as tourist attractions.

According to the ARLHS there are 25 lighthouses in Sri Lanka. Out them there are 14 active lighthouses. While most of these lighthouses are under the control of Ports Authority while others are under the control of the Sri Lanka Navy.

There are 4 international lighthouses in Sri Lanka. They are

  1. Beruwala ( Barberyn) Lighthouse
  2. Dondara Lighthouse
  3. Little Basses Reef
  4. Great Basses Reef

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 Lighthouses of Sri Lanka

Lighthouse Location / Name
Completed
Height
Status
Barberyn / Beruwala 
1890
34m
Active
Batticaloa
1913
28m
Active
Chapel Hill (Trincomalee Bay)
Colombo (New) 
1952
34m
Active
Colombo (Oldest) H
Decommissioned
Colombo Old Clock Tower Lighthouse 
1860
29m
Decommissioned
Colombo Island Breakwater North End 
1907
12m
Colombo Island Breakwater South End 
1905
12m
Colombo Northeast Breakwater
1907
10m
Colombo Southwest Breakwater 
1903
Active
Colombo Habour South Breakwater
2013
Colombo Pilot Station Lighthouse 
1885
19m
Active
Dondra Head 
1890
49m
Active
Foul Point 
1863
32m
Inactive
Galle
1939
26.5m
Active
Great Basses Reef 
1873
37m
Active
Hambantota
1913
14m
Inactive
Kankesanture
1893
22m
Active
Kevuliya/ Round Island 
1863
21m
Active
Kovilan Point (Karaitivu Island) 
1916
30m
Active
Little Basses Reef 
1878
37m
Active
Mannar Island /Talaimannar (New) 
1915
19m
Active
Mannar Island /Talaimannar (Old)
Mullaittivu
1896
20m
Inactive
Oluvil
1999
24m
Active
Point Pedro 
1916
32m
Inactive
Sangaman Kanda Point 
1947
8m
Inactive