Kevuliya / Round Island Lighthouse – කෙවුලිය ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

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Round Island Lighthouse
Round Island Lighthouse
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This Kevuliya lighthouse ( Round Island Lighthouse)  lies on top of a small rocky island in the bay of Trincomalee. The lighthouse on the island was built and put on operations in 1st February 1864. The light is fixed and can be seen for 10 mile (16 km) distance (The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1864, n.d.). The lighthouse three flashes every 15 s, white or red depending on direction which its seen from.

The lighthouse is a white round tower 21 meters (69 feet) high which lies in the summit of the island (Sailing Directions (Enroute) for India anf the Bay of Bengal, 1989).

This was one of the the tree navigational aid for ships coming in to the Trincomalee Harbour during the British Rule. The lighthouse is not operational now. Access is only by boat.

A sketch of the Round Island lighthouse in Trincomalee Harbour
A sketch of the Round Island lighthouse in Trincomalee Harbour
source : Sailing Directions (Enroute) for India and the Bay of Bengal. 4th ed.

References

  1. Rowlett, R., 2006. Lighthouses of Sri Lanka. [online] Ibiblio.org. Available at: <https://www.ibiblio.org/lighthouse/lka.htm> [Accessed 30 May 2022].
  2. Wlol.arlhs.com. 2006. Kevuliya/Kevuliya/Round Island Light – ARLHS SLI-019. [online] Available at: <http://wlol.arlhs.com/lighthouse/SLI19.html> [Accessed 30 May 2022].
  3. 1864?. The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1864. London: Simpkin Marshall and Co, J.D Potter, p.217.
  4. 1989. Sailing Directions (Enroute) for India anf the Bay of Bengal. 4th ed. Defence Mapping Agency Hydrographic/Topographic Center, p.173.

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Map of  Round Island Lighthouse

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Travel Directions to Round Island Lighthouse

Route from Colombo to Round Island Lighthouse

Through : Kurunegala, Dambulla
Distance : 275 km
Travel time : 6 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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