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Dondra Head Lighthouses

  Province Southern
  District Matara
  Nearest Town Matara


1890. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 5 s. 49 m (161 ft) octagonal brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. Chamil Thanthrimudalige's photo appears at the top of this page, Rudolf Klos has posted a particularly nice photo of this famous lighthouse, a closeup photo is available, Andreas Koehler has a December 2009 photo, and Google has a satellite view. In addition, Lighthouse Digest has a feature article on the lighthouse by Preethi Burkholder, and Huelse has a historic postcard view oddly misindentified as the Beruwala lighthouse. Designed by James Douglass and constructed by William Douglass, the lighthouse stands on the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. Located on the point, near the village of Dondra. Site open, tower open daily by arrangement with the keepers. ARLHS SLI-001; Admiralty F0836; NGA 27276.

Nearest Town or City : Matara Sri Lanka

Location : Southernmost point of Sri Lanka,Indian Ocean.

Managing Organization : Sri Lanka Ports' Authority

Notes : This lighthouse was designed by James Douglass and constructed by William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service. This is the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka.

Tower Height : 160

Description Tower : White octagonal brick tower.

Operational : Yes

Date Established : 1889

Date Present Tower Built : 1889

Current Use : Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public : At times.

Characteristic Range : White flash every 5 seconds; range 28

nautical miles.

Height Focal Plane : 153

National Register : No