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Jaffna Dutch Fort is standing majestically at the entrance of the Jaffna Town next to the Pannai lagoon and the A9 road. The Fort was built by the Portuguese next to the Jaffna lagoon in the year 1619 under the leadership of Philip De Olivera after capturing the Northern Kingdom. It was built as 4 Garrison surrounded by manmade water passage except for a small land route passage, where its entrance was guarded with massive wooden doors. Later the Dutch made it in to a Pentagon shaped Fort with 3 draw bridges and added more safety facilities for to be more secured. This is a well designed fortress to guard and attack the oncoming invaders on the lower ground without much damage to the forces in side of the fort. The Fort is structured in the high ground and the surrounding area is made to be low grounds. So if anybody is approaching the fort, they will be visible and vulnerable to be attacked by the guards from nearby point from the fort.
Local Adults Ticket Price: Rs 20/-
Local Children Ticket Price: Rs 10/-
Foreigners Ticket Price: US$ 4 ( Rs 1476/-)
Foreign Children Ticket Price: US$ 2 (Rs 738/-)
In the year 1658 the Jaffna Kingdom was captured by the Dutch (Netherland - Holland) Army under the leadership of Raiclop Van Goins. During the Dutch Rule, Jaffna fort was re-modeled in to a secured Fort complex. It is constructed with Church, prison, Guest house and other office buildings too were built. Canons were placed around the Fort to attack the invaders.
Later in 1795 the Jaffna Fort came under the control of the British Government. The Fort was kept under them till the Independence of Ceylon in the year 1948. Later Ceylon became Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. During the 30 years of internal conflict between the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE, this Jaffna Fort was occupied by the Sri Lanka Army. They were targeted many times and parts of its buildings were badly damaged.
As of today this fort is under renovation with the assistance of the Dutch Government. The complex stays with the Governor's residence, Queen's House, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era. The location is now changed in to a Historical Tourist point. Nearly all the foreign visitors who are coming to Northern Province never missed to visit this monumental place.
The Jaffna Fort is located near to the Central bus stand and the famous Jaffna library and next to the Stadium. You can walk over there and can visit inside of it to have a look around. It is nearly 2 Km to walk around the fort by the road surrounding it. Take note vehicles will not be allowed in side of the complex. It is not recommended to leave your bicycles, Motorcycle or Scooter around this area.
Morning 8:00 - 10:00 or evening 04:00 - 06:00 is better time as noon time is very hot and you may feel discomfort due to the hot sun. it is better to take some mineral water with you as there are no small shops in that area. There is a small park like area near to the Pannai sea area next to the fort.
November to January is local rainy season. This fort is considered as one of the historical monument and those who are visiting Jaffna must not miss this building complex. There are no activities available in this place. But will give you peace of mind due to its slowly blowing wind and peaceful atmosphere.
Public Library, British era Clock Tower, Veerasingam Hall, Central Bus stand, Jaffna Central College, Vembadi Girls College, Pannai lagoon road Bridge and Jaffna sports Stadium.