Entering the Dondra Lighthouse premises is like approaching a pristine monastery. Coconut trees, Bougainvillea flowers and cooling grass surround the lighthouse area, as does the fresh breeze freely offered by the Indian Ocean. Stones painted in White line the path to the lighthouse and the keeper's quarters. The lighthouse compound would have been unbearably hot if not for the dedicated work done by the lighthouse keeper to leave it cool, shady, and a pleasant place to have a picnic.
The lighthouse area is completely removed from the hustle and bustle of human activities. It is a quiet place to contemplate, to escape from people, and to connect with the mighty ocean. The area surrounding the lighthouse is visually soothing.