Star Fort

Star Fort, Matara: Address, Phone Number, Star Fort Reviews: 4/5

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SEs
London, UK25,745 contributions
Dutch
Sep 2019 • Friends
This Dutch fort is worth the visit. This is in main square close to the highway exit. The fort in good condition. There is a small museum.
Written September 3, 2019
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Richard H
Bath, UK1,107 contributions
Don't bother
Apr 2019 • Couples
Just don't bother. The place is run down and parts are falling apart. The only thing worth seeing is the boats. Go to Galle Fort instead.
Written April 22, 2019
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fjp4564
Sunshine Coast659 contributions
Visit 1763
Mar 2019 • Solo
This Dutch Fort is well preserved in spite of being surrounded by the main shopping district. The draw bridge and the moat is still there, but the retaining stone walls have been sealed with cement. dates back to 1763
Written March 30, 2019
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Dilash De silva
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka128 contributions
A small Dutch fort
Apr 2018 • Family
This is a small Dutch fort situated at the heart of Matara city . Probably the home of the Governor. There is a small museum also.
Written February 7, 2019
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NandosTravels
Los Angeles, CA280 contributions
Dutch Star Fort - don’t take any inside pictures
Jan 2019 • Solo
I love forts and see any along my travels. This place is small but packed with historic energy. You can take pictures outside but in the museum no pictures are permitted, even though I was the only person there and clearly taking pictures would have harmed nothing. OK I said and finished up the visit. You can go onto the rooftop and battlements, that’s fun. There were even two special forces military with AK-47s on the battlements, very exciting. The fort is worth spending 20 minutes if your near and it’s free.
Written January 30, 2019
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Daya W
Colombo, Sri Lanka22 contributions
Star Fort built by the Dutch
Dec 2018 • Family
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 350 meters away from the entrance to Matara fort it is surrounded by a moat and has a well in the middle to supply water for its inmates.Presently there is a museum on the history of the region operated by the department of archeology.The fort is fully restored to it's old glory. Situated at the center of Matara city the Star Fort is an interesting place to visit.
Written December 24, 2018
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Janaka Kandamby
Sri Lanka32 contributions
Going back in time
Dec 2017 • Family
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, may be a visitor from the river. & some artifacts in the museum.
Written October 17, 2018
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hdias
Reigate, UK406 contributions
Colonial Dutch Fort
Mar 2018 • Couples
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.
Written October 9, 2018
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SAMA PM
Kandy, Sri Lanka163 contributions
Star fort
Jul 2018
Educational and historical place. Free entry.Museum of the matara history Whoever interest about old Ceylon they can discover.
Written July 22, 2018
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venkat v
Hyderabad, India39 contributions
Fort turned Museum
Jul 2018 • Couples
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 bus station. Hardly 5 min walk. Worth a visit.
Written July 16, 2018
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