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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia8,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Currently in the process of getting restored and conserved Mannar Fort is on its way to show a bit of its past glory. Built with blocks of coral and brick in the year 1560 by the Portuguese at the entry point of Mannar Island facing the lagoon, had been captured by the Dutch in 1658 and subsequently fallen to British in 1795. Structures within, had stood the test of time with most standing sturdy minus the rooves and the wooden components of doors and windows. It is well fortified with ramparts, moats, and once guarded entrance. Fort is square shaped and the visitor can walk on the rampart almost its full length seeing different views from different directions. From the ramparts there is a beautiful view of the vast span of lagoon that surrounds it. With the low tide boats that are moored in the vicinity gives the appearance that they have collapsed to a side and beached.

The church building within the fort is a very interesting site with many ancient burial plaques still remaining in their original spots with beautiful carvings and inscriptions. Stairs leading to a pulpit is visible in the church. Ponds to collect fresh water and wells to supply the needs of the occupants of the Fort are still found with significant levels of water. Fort is one of the must-see places in Mannar.
Written 5 April 2020
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mahinda2004
Colombo, Sri Lanka109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of the best place to visit in Mannar. very short distance from city.It is on your right when driving along causeway .This place is being renovated now. You can see a beautiful sunset and a perfect view of lagoon and causeway .Wonder full colonial heritage in Mannar.
Written 20 February 2020
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Dharini d
Colombo, Sri Lanka23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sadly there doesn't seem to be any attempt to restore or maintain these historical places in and around Mannar. The sunset from the Fort across the bridge is spectacular
Written 15 January 2020
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
The ancient Dutch fortress in Mannar. Now it is being restored, some construction work is ongoing. Good place to visit if you are in the area. A perfect view of the lagoon and the bridge can be seen from here.
Written 27 November 2019
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Deshan Amaranayake
Colombo, Sri Lanka47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
One of the best place to visit in Mannar.My self and my friend visit this place by walk.This place renovating and probably one of the best in Mannar.
Written 6 September 2019
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CrazyAboutMannar
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Mannar Fort is different. The influence of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture is plain to see. What makes it even more attractive is its size and scale. Because it is not a sprawling building and has many features of interest, the fort experience is digestible and at a human scale. Much still needs to be done to renovate this old lady but it has a charm and interest all of its own. Well worth the visit!
Written 9 August 2019
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Ravi R
Colombo, Sri Lanka149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
If you haven't visited any other fort in Sri lanka or elsewhere its worth going.

For someone from the past it says a lot of sad past. Prison and so on
Written 1 August 2019
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Ceylon Vacation Apartments
Colombo, Sri Lanka104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
It was in the morning, we visit the fortress as advised by our guide. And thank God we followed his advice, it was so hot and humid once the sun came up.

you can see the whole lagoon from this place and it's must visit place in Mannar.
Written 18 May 2019
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Onasius Fernando
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
A good place to see it’s a very good nature made surrounding with Dutch culture made building with the sea facings
Written 5 May 2019
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Dushyantha P
Colombo, Sri Lanka72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Slap bang in the middle of town. Under renovation right now. No signs to indicate significance of structures / rooms. A few plaques in memory of people who departed long ago is the only indicator of the age of the place (going back to 1850s I think). A lot more need sto be done to make this interesting to visitors.
Written 15 April 2019
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