Lovers Leap Trincomalee
There are two mythical almost similar tales about the creation of Lovers Leap Trincomalee; Francina van Reed, daughter of a nobleman of rank in the civilian service of Holland was engaged to a Dutch officer. For some reason the Dutch officer broke off the commitment and left to Holland. Being rejected, Francina van Reed watched the vessel in which he was traveling from the Swami Malai. As the ship approached the rock she threw herself into the sea. The other folktale is about a British woman called Marina who jumped off the rock after her love affair was broken. Marina who was in love with a British captain was heartbroken after her lover let to Brittan after the affair came to an end. She committed suicide by jumping from the rock. Some Sri Lankan couples too have jumped off the lover’s Leaf since of their broken love affairs.
The Lovers Leap Trincomalee is sited just before the famous Koneswaram temple. If you are not afraid of heights, this is the place for you to get some fresh air while admiring the stunning view in front of you. A rock stands approximately 350 feet above sea level. They also call it the “Ravana’s Cleft”.
Be watchful if you are visiting the spot with children, a three feet wall has been built around for safety purpose.