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Batticaloa Fort

Batticaloa, East Coast, Sri Lanka.
Location : Batticaloa
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 Also known as the “land of the singing fish” is  Batticaloa. Batticaloa surrounded by lagoons and rebuilding its future after the end of a bloody civil war that destroyed the face of this region is also home to a very crucial landmark known as the Batticaloa fort. Mingled with ancient history of the Ruhuna kingdom and the history of the Portugese, Dutch and British colonization this fort has stood the test of time and is one of the most visited forts. The beauty of Batticaloa and its famous lagoons can be seen from this fort.

The history of this fort is indeed very unique.The fort lies on one of the many islands of Batticaloa in the east coast of Sri Lanka. It was originally built by the Portuguese in the year 1628. The Dutch fleet landed in Batticaloa to visit the then king of Kandy to win his support. This angered the Portuguese who built this fort to protect themselves from the Dutch; however it was captured by the Dutch when the king of Kandy asked for their help in driving the Portuguese out of Sri Lanka. It was eventually taken over by the British in 1772.

The fort is a stone structure of four bastions and it is protected by the sea from two sides with a moat. Today the ravages of war and neglect have not taken its toll on the fort and it is still very much in good condition.. One of the most important facts about the Batticaloa Fort is that it has important religious significance from the ancient world. The Buddhist stupa and chatra dating back to the 1st century BC from the Ruhuna kingdom of King Kavantissa is situated inside the fort. Out of all the forts built on this island, remnants of its glorious past the Batticaloa Fort is known to be one of the most picturesque.

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