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“A Unique Point” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dondra Head Lighthouse

Dondra Head Lighthouse
Light House Road, Dondra 81000, Sri Lanka
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“A Unique Point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Dondra Lighthouse is a pleasant hour's drive S of Galle along the coast road. You can go up to the top of the light and walk around outside for great views of the seas. Some other reviewers mention in passing that it's neat the southernmost point in Sri Lanka. However, all the other reviews on TA don't mention the #1 reason I went to see it, So to speak, they may have missed the point.

Just as arbitrary lines on maps mark the borders of countries, other lines on charts mark the arbitrary boundaries of seas. The southernmost point of Dondra marks exactly where major seas come together. The ocean rolls on heedless of the boundaries, just as the Alps themselves don't care whether we call them Swiss, French or Italian; but the borders are quite official. The IHO, the International Hydrographic Organization, agrees on the lines, and they agreed the three major bodies of water meet at a single point, "the Southern extreme of Dondra Point. If stand at this point and look due south, you're looking at the Indian Ocean. But from the same point headed west, you see the Laccadive Sea. And from the same point an imaginary line running East by South marks the Southern boundary of the Bay of Bengal.

Technically you can jump into the Bay of Bengal, swim across the Indian Ocean all the way to the Laccadive Sea and swim back again in under five minutes. Better be a good swimmer though, depending on the conditions. Today there were heavy waves coming in from the west, and quite a strong current running from west to east; it was like swimming in a river. Rip tides are a real danger in Sri Lanka; if in doubt, better to err on the side of caution.

Naturally, all three bodies of water can be seen from the top of the lighthouse. I will try to attach two pix. The first was taken looking NW; the water in the foreground is officially the Bay of Bengal, while the water on the far side of the point is the Laccadive Sea. The second pic shows the point itself, where all three meet.

Visited May 2014
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“Not worth visiting”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We wanted to go to the south most point of Sri Lanka and visited the Dondra Lighthouse, At the time we arrived, there were few foreigners at the top of the lighthouse taking photos. When we asked to go up there, the caretakers told us we have to obtain a permission from Colombo to go up there. I was laughing to myself. What an idiotic system is that. They better bring that person right down to Dondra to give permission to visitors.

Visited April 2014
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“Beautifull lighthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The lighthouse is located in a well maintained complex. you can request the care taker to allow you to go to the top by climbing the steps. You have to pay him Rs 500 (we were two persons). The light house complex is very well maintained as is the lighthouse itself. The climb to the top is not strenuous at all the views and the breeze at the top of the lighthouse are great. You can stay at the top for as long as you want.

Visited April 2014
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“Sunset from top”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Unforgettable! Worth the climb and 400 Rp/person bribe to the lighthouse officer... We stayed 1,5 hours on top.

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“Worth the climb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We arrived at the Dondra Lighthouse just before sunset, paid our Rupees 500 each and then climbed the 200 steps up to the top. I was well worth the climb and although the sunset was disappointing we felt it was worth the money too

Visited March 2014
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