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Star Fort built by the Dutch

The Dutch built this star shaped fort in 1765 on the Eastern Banks of Nilwala river as the Matara... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Going back in time

In the middle of the busy city center, its a totaly out of place, but with the Nilwala bridge, the... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2018
Sri Lanka
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Galle Road, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Dutch built this star shaped fort in 1765 on the Eastern Banks of Nilwala river as the Matara fort was vulnerable to attacks.The fort built to house a small garrison has space for 12 large cannons directed to fend away attacks from all directions.Built...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dayaweerasinghe
Reviewed October 17, 2018

In the middle of the busy city center, its a totaly out of place, but with the Nilwala bridge, the play grounds & the Matara Bodhi tree, it creates a serene atmosphere at a very busy hub. There was a small crocadile in the moat,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank JanakaHK
Reviewed October 9, 2018

This is a lovely old Dutch colonial fort. It is very small and has been renovated. There is a small museum inside. No fee to enter. Well worth a visit if in Matara. Easily missed but close to the bus station.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank hdias
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Educational and historical place. Free entry.Museum of the matara history Whoever interest about old Ceylon they can discover.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank anansa
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Its a small fort built by Dutch and later renovated by British. Now its a Museum. It is built in a star shape. That's how it got it's name as Star fort. Museum has some good collection. Well maintained. It is very close to Matara...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank venkatvuyyuru
Reviewed July 5, 2018

This fort was built by Portuguese during their ruling period of the Dutch. It is nice & it is a historical place and happens to the Sri Lanka’s smallest fort. Star fort is a miniature version of Dutch forts around Sri Lanka. It gives you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 838titusd
Reviewed May 6, 2018

worth a visit to the well preserved and maintained historic star fort - there are several items on display in the museum contained within the building as well as availability of clean toilet for use of visitors to the site ;-) worth a visit including...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank svperera
Reviewed February 12, 2018

This fort was built in the shape of a 6-pointed star by the Dutch in 1765 to protect the main fort that lies across the Nilwala River. Not much remains of the main fort, but the small Star Fort is beautifully preserved and maintained, including...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank rohansourjah
Reviewed February 11, 2018

Nice Dutch fort to visit along the way. The crocodiles are replaced by turtles. The guide will show you the exhibitions, which is informative.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank KristaTheNetherlands
Reviewed January 18, 2018

This place is a 'must see' if you are interested in the history of Matara town and its defences. It was constructed by the Dutch in 1765. It was constructed in the fascinating shape of a star and houses 12 canons which were able to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank profjoypc
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