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Address: Galle Road, Matara, Sri Lanka

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Bad guide and uninteresting

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

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
18 helpful votes 18 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
8 attraction reviews
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
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

worth watching! takes less than 1 hr to see it. Its star shaped and situated next to the main matara fort.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Star fort which is the secondary fort as to the Matara fort next to the beach. This has a shape of a star if you look from the top. This fortress remains unharmed in its real state due to it has been protected by the Sri Lanka archaeological department. If you have watched your cartoons, you can imagine how a... More 

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