Sunday, March 21, 2021

Dondra Head Lighthouse

Dondra Head Lighthouse
Dondra Head Lighthouse is one of the lighthouses in Sri Lanka. It is located in Dondra Head (local name: Devi-Nuwara or Devundara), the southernmost point of the country (USA, 1942).

History
During the Period of British Ceylon (1815-1948 A.D.), this lighthouse was erected. The site for the lighthouse was selected by the British in 1826, but its construction works were commenced in 1887 (Abeyawardana, 2004). Mr Woodford Pilkinton M.I.C.E. is said to be the one responsible for this construction (Abeyawardana, 2004). The completed lighthouse was commissioned in 1890 (Abeyawardana, 2004).

The lighthouse tower
The white octagonal-shaped tower is 43.2 m tall and made out of granite (Bohingamuwa, 2005).

Attribution
1) 20121201-_MG_2449 by Dhammika Heenpella is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

References
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.75.
2) Bohingamuwa, W., 2005. Preliminary Survey of Tsunami-affected Monuments and Sites in the Maritime Region of Sri Lanka. ICOMOS Sri Lanka. p.65.
3) USA, 1942. Sailing Directions for the West Coast of India from Point Calimere to Cape Monze, Including the Island of Ceylon and the Maldive and Laccadive Islands (3rd edition). Hydrographic Office Publication No. 159. U.S. Government Printing Office. p.110.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 9 June 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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