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Address: Galle Road, Matara 81000, 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
Adam L
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

i visit the Galle fort every time i stop in Sri lanka, just to spend the day walking around inside the fort. next time, i think i will take my snorkeling gear. there is a small beach for swimming.

Thank Thamara T
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Star fort is a miniature version of Dutch forts around Sri Lanka. It gives you an idea how they were designed and maintained. The fort is in good condition compare to other Dutch ruins you can see around Matara. Worth a visit.

Thank Uthpala W
Alliston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is the place to go to have the real feeling of Asia. An old world place which shows you the past.

Thank Judy_LucyC
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 

1 Thank Adam L
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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.

Thank Simone281
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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

Thank Rangana
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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

Thank Thushaa S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 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

Thank Hasantha P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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