This make a very pleasant leisurely short excursion from Premlanka Hotel or it could form part of a day trip.
Dondra Head is the extreme southern tip of Sri Lanka. Its 50m high lighthouse, the tallest in Sri Lanka, was designed by Sir James Nicholas Douglass and constructed by William Douglass. It was completed in 1889 in time for the 77th birthday of Queen Victoria. The keepers sometimes allow visitors to climb its 222 steps.
A climb to the top of the Lighthouse is well worth the effort; the views from the top are stunning.
Most of the way there is a spiral staircase.
The final stage is by a fixed ladder.
Dondra town, also known as Devi Nuwara, Devinuwara or Devinuvara (City of the Gods), was once the chief city in this region. There was an great ancient temple, until it was destroyed in 1588 during Portuguese rule. According to various accounts, it was dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva or Varuna the guardian god of the sea. With its gilt copper roof, this was one of the most magnificent in Sri Lanka. The sole surviving shrine, the 7th century Galge, is incorporated into the modern vihara (Buddhist temple).
Many pilgrims visit the Dondra Fair and Perahera, held in the month of Esala (July-August). Guests staying with us at this time will want to visit this spectacular perahera and also the one at Kataragama. Temple elephants parade the Holy relics led by dancers representing the traditional cultural dances of Sri Lanka (see the section about Esala Festivals).
Dickwella is a coastal market town, between Matara and Tangalle; Sometimes spelt Dikwella or Dikwalle; Also called Dikwella South.
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