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"BATTICALOA DUTCH FORT" Sri Lanka Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

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  Old cannon protects the approaches to Batti's fort
by mtncorg

Batticaloa was the site of the first European permanent fort on Sri Lanka. In 1572 the Portugese established a fort here. Not directly on the coast - separated from the open sea by a lagoon and a barrier island - the fort commanded water approaches to the town, much in the manner of the Spanish forts in Florida - St Agustine and Matanzas. There are old insriptions you can see, but the normal traveller might have a bit of trouble accessing the fort today without the right kind of credentials, since the fort is an active control center for the Sri Lankan army. If and when the civil war ends, this could be as popular a tourist attraction as the old fort in Galle on the southwestern coast of the island. Right now, it is ringed with sandbagged bunkers and festooned with communications antennae. In the middle 90's the fort, along with the whole town of Batticaloa was the scene of very heavy fighting.

Directions: The fort is on the western edge of the main town along the lagoon. Maybe you can talk your way past the guard? The entrance is just across from the town's main mosque.

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  • Written Feb 26, 2005
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