Kovilan Point Lighthouse at Karaitivu Island – කෝවිලන් තුඩුව ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

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view of Kovilan Point (Karaitivu Island) Lighthouse from Casuarina Beach - Jaffna
view of Kovilan Point (Karaitivu Island) Lighthouse from Casuarina Beach – Jaffna

Kovilan Point lighthouse lies in the Jaffna peninsula on the north western corner of the Karativu island about 25 km from the Jaffna town. This is the largest island in the peninsula and is connected to the mainland though a causeway. This island also boast of one of the best beaches in Jaffna.

The lighthouse is a 30m high tower built in 1916. This is a round masonry tower 30 meters in height. Due to the terrorist activities in the past this has not being operational and or maintained. The surrounding area has been under the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and was not accessible to the general public. But with the LTTE terrorist organisation crushed, this area is now accessible to the general public.

This lighthouse was declared as an protected archaeological monument in 2011.

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Map of  Kovilan Point Lighthouse

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Travel Directions to Kovilan Point Lighthouse

Jaffna can be reached through 2 directions. First one is over the Elephant Pass which is the normal route to Jaffna. The other entrance is from Pooneryn over the newly built Sangupiddi Bridge. This road connects to Mannar.

Route 01 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Kurunegala)Route 02 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Puttalam)
Though : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance :400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance : 400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
Route from Jaffna to Kovilan Point Lighthouse
Through : kareinagar Road
Distance : 23 km
Travel time : 40 minutes
Driving directions : see on bing map ( google maps are not complete)

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