The Old Dutch Fort

Batticaloa’s Old Dutch Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1628. It is actually called “Dutch” as it was captured by the Dutch 10 years later. It is a square structure with 4 bastions, bordered by the lagoon on two sides. Old canons can be seen. Nowadays, it shelters the offices of the District Secretary. There is a governmental plan to move out the governmental offices and to turn the Fort into a museum and conference hall in future.



The Old Dutch Fort is situated on Puliyanthivu‘s island, in the heart of Batticaloa’s town.

Location on the mapThe Old Dutch Fort

Nearby Places: Puliyanthivu, Koddamunai, Butterfly Peace GardenBatticaloa’s Market, Handloom & Handicraft Sales Centre, Sri Mangalarama Buddhist Temple, Hindu Temples