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“Not worth the detour”
Review of Star Fort

Star Fort
Ranked #20 of 47 things to do in Matara
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

The fort has been renovated pretty poorly. Apart from the old main door, it looks as if it was built in the 50s.
The museum states obvious stuff like "the Portuguese had a big influence in Sri Lanka". It presents randoms parts of the Sri Lankan history with no further explanation. One guy from the staff started to basically read for us out loud the legends of the different pieces : "Picture of the main entrance!", "Map of the fort!", and expected us to make a donation at the end.

1  Thank ScoiattoloMagico
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

worth watching! takes less than 1 hr to see it. Its star shaped and situated next to the main matara fort.

Thank kiruthiha
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Star fort which is the secondary fort as to the Matara fort next to the beach. This has a shape of a star if you look from the top. This fortress remains unharmed in its real state due to it has been protected by the Sri Lanka archaeological department. If you have watched your cartoons, you can imagine how a fortress is protected. Yes of course this fortress is protected with a huge, strong wall, a Strong tall gate and protected by a deep pool of water around the fortress. It is believed that the pool was protected by Crocodiles before.The fortress Entrance have this fairy tale type folding bridge across the pool. The fort is now converted to a small heritage museum with hysterical things found around the southern province. There are not much to watch in the Museum but there are quite interesting things in it. Other than that you can check about various architectural facts of the fortress including prison blocks, holes for cannons, water drainage systems and etc. Its a nice place to visit and feel like a royal person inside this historic fortress. This is a must see place if you are visiting Matara

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Reviewed 23 July 2012

You can finish watching this place in 1 hr. But worth watching

Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The Star Fort is named obviously for its shape and was built to fortify the main fort in Matara. The better preserved one out of the 2 houses a tiny museum, which was closed when we visited at 6pm on Sunday. The watcher who was closing up was kind enough to let us in and even showed us how the draw bridge works. At the entrance there are 2 cells in which prisoners were housed and there are opening from where the food was passed.

The Star Fort was built by the Dutch between 1763 and 1765

Thank 1LifeStand
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