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Star Fort

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Address: Galle Road, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 604 3599
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Very good to visit, large to give yourself some time to be able to review the whole fort. Well worth a visit, just be careful if you have small children as there are some rather... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Very good to visit, large to give yourself some time to be able to review the whole fort. Well worth a visit, just be careful if you have small children as there are some rather high drop points.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 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.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 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.

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Thank Uthpala W
Alliston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

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

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 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 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 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.

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Colombo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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

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Thank Rangana
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 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

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Thank Thushaa S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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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