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Address: Galle Road, Matara, Sri Lanka

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A good look around

Renovations are obviously beginning to take place to make this into a visitor area but they are nowhere near the standard set by Galle. One local builder actually stopped us to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Barbara M
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Renovations are obviously beginning to take place to make this into a visitor area but they are nowhere near the standard set by Galle. One local builder actually stopped us to ask why we were bothering to look around the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our scout around and look forward to a future visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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518 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The Matara ex Portugese fort is in two sections. The smaller that is closer to the railway station has a moat containing many tilapia fish plus a crocodile. I also saw a small natuve lizard. There is a unisex restroom without a door. The larger fort across the river has a watchtower and is seaside. It is easily accessible and... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The only thing great about this place is the giant crocodile in the moat outside. This place should only be visited if you are in it's vicinity. Don't go there otherwise

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

a small fort with a museum inside and a moat round it which contains fish, turtles and at least one crocodile

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Star Fort is a one of wonderful constructions which has unique architectural design in Matara city area. This fort was built by Portuguese during their ruling period. This building has a shape of a star. They used this building as their armory to protect their dynamites with high security measures. The building is surrounding by a channel which uses to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Matara are little town and haven't really interesting places for tourists - enough to visit during only one morning...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I visited this fort with my guide. It is very small but quite interesting. Information is at hand, but I have to say that 10 mins at the Fort is adequate. The few staff that are there do not speak very good English which is a shame because the written info is limited. If in close proximity its a place... More 

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Matara, Sri Lanka
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

You can get an idea of a fort life, in a miniature scale. There is almost everything a community needs within this fort. Offices and dungeons. Water well. And residence.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This should be the best Dutch Fortress that can be see in Sri Lanka. (it should be the smallest one also). This building is completely refurbished as per the original Dutch design. there is a museum in side this fortress. Floor area of the fortress should not be more than 2 acres. This is in the middle of Matara city... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The fort has been renovated pretty poorly. Apart from the old main door, it looks as if it was built in the 50s. The museum states obvious stuff like "the Portuguese had a big influence in Sri Lanka". It presents randoms parts of the Sri Lankan history with no further explanation. One guy from the staff started to basically read... More 

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