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Address: Galle Road, Matara, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0094776043599
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Nice place but still prefer Galle Fort

Personally, there is not much happening in Matara town. Besides the beach and this Star fort. However, after visiting this place, you may want to visit the hill top restaurant and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Personally, there is not much happening in Matara town. Besides the beach and this Star fort. However, after visiting this place, you may want to visit the hill top restaurant and have a good drink and enjoy the breeze. If you staying in Mirissa, this place will be a good choice to have a break from the beach. Look out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We visited as a group and the guides took us from the very beginning, showing us the moat and drawbridge into the fort and explaining everything to us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The Star Fort was built to a unique shape of an six pointed star with space for 12 large cannons to cover approaches from all directions. This fort was built by Portuguese during their ruling period nice & historical place

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

this is sri lanka smallest fort. wee called star fort. why this fort shape like a star. very cloose to matara city center. soonly you can see full syte in side. not like a galle fort

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have visited the galle port several times. It is really an interesting place to visit by a traveler or any tourist to wake up the ancient memories of southern area

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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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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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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