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Lover’s Leap

Trincomalee, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Trincomalee
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Next to Koneswaram Temple is Lover’s Leap. The name kind of gives it away but it is indeed a favourite suicide spot, with a sheer drop to the ocean crashing against the rocks below. There’s a memorial and shelter, commemorating the legend behind the name.

Apparently the daughter of an old Dutch official here threw herself off the cliff when her forbidden lover had to sail back to Europe, never to see her again. The story was dampened slightly when records revealed that the girl in question in fact grew old in the town, married with children. But the name and memorial remains anyway.

The Koneswaram Temple was constructed by King Kulokoddan in the third Kaliyugaya, and consists of 1,000 columns, according to an inscription found on the doorway to the Fortress this Temple.
It was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th Century when they threw all the columns off Swami Rock into the sea below. Much later, three bronze statues found among the columns in the sea were brought up by divers and are now kept in a modern temple at the same site within the Dutch Fort in Trincomalee.

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