Hoods Tower Museum

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Ostenburg, Trincomalee 31000 Sri Lanka

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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,909 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is in the Navy camp and you have to ask for permission prior to the visit for locals through the respective schools or institutions. For foreigners can request for entry when arriving ( passport needed).
This is named as Hood' s Tower Museum with reference to Admiral ( Britisher) Sir Samuel Hoods commander of East India. This is in Ostenberg in the Navy Dockyard.
From the Hood's Tower can get a 360 degrees view especially the harbour entrance ( inner & outer harbour). It's location is strategic as all locations could be checked from one point. There is a large search light on the top of the tower together with binoculars.
It has naval guns, ship' s engines, broilars, duplicator / enlarger machine ( for letters), rifles, ammunition,Disinfectant machines, Damaged propellors, Anchors, LTTE submarines, suppersonic type suicide crafts, underwater delivery vehicle and iron submarine.
You can see Kinniya ( faraway), Elephant point & island, Light house, Sampur, Prima Factory, little & major Soba island's etc. British administered Trincomalee harbour and Naval affairs from 1920. This museum started in 1990.
On the way to the museum, you can see a small jungle.There were 3 underground buildings.
Written December 23, 2019
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LymingtonSailorman
Lymington, UK87 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Amazing place. Very old fort modernised by British then made into museum focusing on Stuff from the Civil war, which was fascinating. Lots of stuff To see.
Written November 25, 2018
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Chathra V
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka169 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is located deep within SL Navy Territory, in Ostenburg, Trincomalee situated on high land over looking the entrance to the inner habour within SL Navy Dockyard.

A Strategic point throughout the Naval history, starting with the British in the 1920’s when they deployed the Royal Navy to Trinco, being their base in the Far East. Heavily guarded by costal artillery including 3 enormous 6 inch Naval guns. The museum gained its name with the “Hoods Tower” named after Vice Admiral Sir Samuel Hook, Commander of East Indies.
Written October 12, 2018
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Jean L
Sheffield, UK36 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Our first visit to Sri Lanka and we had heard about this museum, both myself and my partners fathers had been based here in 2nd world war so this to us was a must.
We were told we didn’t need permission prior to arriving so turned up at the base on 28th Feb to be turned away as too many school trips told to come back following morning between 8.30/8.45.
Following day we arrived at the base at 8.20 to be told no access before 9.00am so we sat and waited.
At 9 we were asked for our passports and our driver was asked for his paperwork. We were then asked if we wanted to do the harbour boat ride which we said yes.
The boat ride was 3000SLR each (£15) 200 SLR for locals. We queued for about 20 mins then given permission to board then sat on the boat for roughly 15 mins waiting for coaches to arrive. Finally the cruise took off 10 mins into cruise the boat made its way back into harbour and that was it. Totally
disappointing. When we got back to the harbour we got back into our car with our driver and a naval base person to drive to Hoods Tower museum, the entrance fee was 1200 SLR each. The museum has lots of parts of ships, guns, ammunition, working parts of ships. The tower has amazing views over the harbours, there is still the search lights up there, also escape tunnels which were weird to go round all in all a really enjoyable and informative trip.
Written March 5, 2018
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Itsokhere
Sissi, Crete31 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Hoods Tower, built on the top of the hill overlooking the natural harbour entrance, to the second most natural harbour in the world is where the main defences were for many years through the times of British rule. There are many exhibits from those times, of course WW2, and also more recent exhibits from the days of the Sri lankan war with the Tamal Tigers including uniforms, suicide craft, motor launches, mines, captured firearms and communication equipment. A Very emotional visit for me as my father was stationed here for a while after leaving HMS Colossus, a carrier of the Eastern pacific fleet at the end of WW2. At that time the base was called HMS Highflyer.
Written March 3, 2018
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Lorraine S
Perth, Australia23 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This museum is not well advertised. Best to get a permission letter in advance. We failed to do so but turned up at the naval base at 2pm with our passports and a driver. We were treated very nicely by the friendly staff and allowed in. You must have a driver as you can't walk around the active base and the museum is a few km in. A uniformed employee gave us a full guided tour. We particularly appreciated the underground munitions stores and the boats and weapons confiscated from the LTTE. An informative visit and a quite beautiful location.
Written July 13, 2017
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abey_12
Basildon, UK127 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
there is a fair amount of historic details at the various levels of the tower-the climb would be difficult for the less agile
Written May 7, 2017
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Lesley C
Bournemouth, UK118 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
Thanks to tripadvisor reviews we visited Hoods Tower. We went during the week and you present yourself to the Naval office at 2pm, complete with passports, details are taken and you are given a naval personnel to escort you. Our driver took us all to the base, we drive past their different accommodation and training blocks then up and up the top of the peninsular. It is still natural jungle and they leave water out for the deer and elk that live here. It is $10 for tourists and we had our own guide to take us around. We must have been there for at least 2 hours and although the English was rather stilted all the exhibits have English explanations. It was particularly sobering to see how the LTT (Tamil Tigers) attacked the navy at sea. The view from Hoods Tower was worth the climb.
Written February 2, 2017
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Dasun R
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka160 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
First of all you may require a permission, please contact Eastern Naval command for guidance BEFORE YOU VISIT, they are friendly and you just have to follow the guides. requesting letter via fax will work

Boat ride is good, but the museum is the most important, and when you climb up the tower at the museum you may see the Natural Harbor of trinco. hidden dockyards everywhere. huge ships can seen as toys hidden in bays surrounded by mountains.

This is a Naval base, obey the rules,its a vast area, google map will not work, always follow the road signs. be advice before taking photographs
Written July 22, 2016
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Aravinthan v
Jaffna, Sri Lanka37 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
I visited this place with my family and friends. We really love this place including naval boat riding. Unfortunately I followed the Google map which is mentionded here. I think It directed the wrong place. We went far away then we asked the local people and came back. We should be very careful about it. Because it's situated very close to town.
Written April 29, 2016
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