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Dutch Fort Batticaloa

Dutch fort Batticaloa attract both local and foreign travelers from all around the world. It is the main city of Eastern province of Sri lanka. This Dutch fort of Batticaloa was built on 1628 as a trading and economical administration centre of Ceylon in the Colonial era. It was used to trade cinnamon, pepper, chilly and miscellaneous things to other countries. Batticloa is called as the ‘land of the singing fish’. Not only that but also it is a testimony of Sri lankan history. At that time Protugese governors were in charge of Ceylon. The fort bulges in to a lacustrine plain

With the arrival of Dutch to Ceylon in 1602, Kandyan King Rajasingha pleased to Dutch to eradicate Protugese from the island.

As a result of that dutch captured the fort Batticaloa in 1638 and evidenced their primacy to the world. The fort had been under control of the dutch nearly for 20 years. But Sri Lanka was again invaded by the Britains. So that the Dutch had to surrender to the British and the fort had to handed over to the Britain in 1772 . Therefore the fort is a memorial of all those 3 colonies.


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