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Address: Galle Road, Matara, Sri Lanka
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Very small but a nice place for a short visit

Directions If you arrive at Matara's busy main bus station you can find the Star Fort by heading away from the nearby sea front and walking up to the main road - New Tangalla... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Directions If you arrive at Matara's busy main bus station you can find the Star Fort by heading away from the nearby sea front and walking up to the main road - New Tangalla Road. There are plenty of eager tuk tuk drivers around the bus station but the short distance to the fort doesn't merit one. At the main... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Star Fort of Matara cannot compete with the Galle Fort, but if you are in the neighbourhood at least pay a visit. It's a small fort with a nice gate to enter and a drawbridge. Inside the fort there's a small museum with some artifacts that are worth a glance. Not a major collection, but if you're in Matara... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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