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Address: Palavi-Kalpitiya Rd., Kalpitiya 61360, Sri Lanka

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Good discovery

Its really informative. There is lots of things to add in young child's knowledge base. Navel officer gave us a good support by giving us explanations.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Not a visit for everyone but teenagers found it interesting enough. Lovely Sri Lankan Navy staff did the free guided tour inside the Fort ...shame though couldn't take pics.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Its really informative. There is lots of things to add in young child's knowledge base. Navel officer gave us a good support by giving us explanations.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Although much smaller and less well-known than its big brother in Galle the Kalpitiya Fort is well worth visiting if you happen to be in the vicinity. We were pleasantly surprised that the public had hassle-free access to the premises, this being a functioning camp and base of the Sri Lankan Navy. We were however escorted throughout the visit by... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

The Fort built during the Dutch colonial times is today a naval sea port manned by Sri Lanka's navy and houses a strategic naval base. Public access is permitted only to view the Fort which is in an archaeologically protected site. The underground tunnel which connects with the nearby Dutch Reformed church which was meant to be an escape route... More 

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Gemenos, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Situated at the end of the world inside a Navy Camp this old Dutch fort is interesting to visit. Many thanks to the autorities for giving us authorization for the visit and coming with us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Almost a 400 years old fort built using corals. It is occupied by Sri Lanka Navy. So you must take a pass at the entrance and not allowed to take cameras inside as their camp sight is within the attraction. Sri Lanka Navy will provide a guide to show you the places. And you could plan this trip along with... More 

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

It’s a magnificent place to see. Unfortunately it is occupied by the Sri Lanka Navy, and doesn’t allow free access or photography.

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Nanjing, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

The Fort is now part of a Sri Lankan naval base. The gates are closed, but if you ask at the quartermaster - they can offer a tour. No photo's allowed. The Naval Officer who showed us around new the history and was quite knowledgable. A traditional bastion fort, with both some original features and some later Sri Lankan navy... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

There is a Navy camp inside the Fort in Kalpitiya and hence you need to speak to the Navy team outside before entering this Fort. They provide a guide and do not allow photographs. The ruins itself are almost destroyed and very little to be seen but the story behind the Fort and the structure related by a very intelligent... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

Due to the fact that the fort is inside an Army Base, it is not very well kept nor a true tourist destination. Its a shame that it is so run down and obviously the historic information is missing

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