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Batticaloa fort

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Type  Defence fort
Condition  Good
Year built  1628
Open to the public  Yes
Battles/wars  Several battles
Built by  Portugal, Netherlands
Batticaloa fort
Controlled by  Government of Sri Lanka
Materials  Granite Stones and coral
Address  Fort Rd, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
Similar  Kalpitiya fort, Pooneryn fort, Kallady Bridge, Haldummulla fort, Mannar fort

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The Batticaloa Fort (Sinhalese: මඩකලපුව බලකොටුව; Tamil: மட்டக்களப்புக் கோட்டை) was built by the Portuguese in 1628 and was captured by the Dutch on 18 May 1638. Later, the fort was used by British from 1745.


The fort has a structure of four bastions and is protected by the Batticaloa Lagoon on two sides and a canal on the other two sides. The fort is still in reasonable condition and currently houses several local administrative departments of the Sri Lanka government in new buildings, which are located within the old structure.

Batticaloa dutch fort


Timeline of Batticaloa fort in colonial time.

  • 1622 – Construction began by Portuguese
  • 1628 – Construction completed
  • 1638 – Dutch captured
  • 1639 – Fort destroyed by Dutch
  • 1665 – Reconstruction started
  • 1682 – Renovation
  • 1707 – Front bastion and complex completed
  • 1766 – Ceded to Kandyan kingdom
  • 1796 – Captured by British
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  • References

    Batticaloa fort Wikipedia

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