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ChB
Montpellier, France2,800 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Very nice preserved fort of the VOC dating back to 1680. Really worth the visit, to see how 500 years ago people from Holland, Amsterdam lived in teh tropics and made their trade in Ceylon Sri Lanka.
Written 30 October 2022
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SEs
London, UK25,918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 3 September 2019
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Richard H
Bath, UK1,180 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 22 April 2019
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fjp4564
Sunshine Coast654 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 March 2019
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Dilash De silva
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 7 February 2019
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NandosTravels
Los Angeles, CA289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 January 2019
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Daya W
Colombo, Sri Lanka22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 24 December 2018
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Janaka Kandamby
Sri Lanka32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 October 2018
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hdias
Reigate, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 October 2018
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SAMA PM
Kandy, Sri Lanka192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018
Educational and historical place. Free entry.Museum of the matara history Whoever interest about old Ceylon they can discover.
Written 22 July 2018
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