Colombo Lighthouse


The Colombo Lighthouse is a significant maritime landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka, known for its historical and cultural importance. Located at Galbokka Point, south of the Port of Colombo, this 29-meter-high lighthouse was constructed in 1952, replacing the old lighthouse, which became ineffective due to obstruction by nearby buildings. D. S. Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), was notable for inaugurating it.

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Four lion statues set it apart at the lighthouse's base, which stands on a 12-meter-high concrete base and represents strength and vigilance. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and has been a prominent city landmark. However, access to the lighthouse became restricted due to its location in a high-security zone near the Naval Headquarters and the Port of Colombo.

Adding to its historical significance is the naval gun battery located at its base. The Sri Lanka Navy makes use of this battery for customary gun salutes, particularly on National Day (4 February) each year. The tradition of gun salutes dates back to the first Independence Day in 1948. Over the years, the battery has seen various changes, including the addition of guns from different sources, notably the Indian Navy. With its rich history and strategic location, the Colombo Lighthouse remains a symbol of Sri Lanka's maritime heritage and its enduring significance in the region's naval history.


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