Robert Knox's Tamarind Tree in Mutur, Trincomalee

On a trading expedition to East Indies under the British East India Company, Captain Robert Knox Snr. accompanied by his son Robert Knox, Jnr. and sixteen crew members set sail by the ‘Anne’ in London on January 21, 1658. After a voyage of about one year and nine months, the crew encountered stormy weather along the Coromandel Coast and Bay of Bengal. With the mast broken and the sails torn,“Anne” landed near Kottiar Bay on November 19, 1659. On the order of the Kandy King Rajasinghe II, the crew of the ship was invited ashore and was taken to custody near this Tamarind tree. The tree was declared as a monument in 1893. The original tree is no more as it was perished in a cyclone and what is seen today is a sapling of the same tree.

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Latitude: 8.449798 Longitude: 81.258025 Elevation: 35 ft
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Hours Open

There is no time limitation. You can visit at any time.

Time Period Represented

17th century

Seasons Open


Visitor Fees

No visitors fee charged.

Accessibility Notes

The Robert Knox's Tamarined tree is situated in the Mutur city limit, just  750 meters from Mutur town. Mutur town is located around 32 km south of Trincomalee town and can be easily accessed by A15 highway running through the Kinniya Bridge. If you are coming from Colombo via Habarana, take the turn at Kantala Junction. Sign boards are displayed at important places for the tourists and visitors to find their way easily.

Pet Friendly Notes

Accompanying pets are not encouraged.

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