A pedestrian bridge near the bus station leads to a small island, Parey Dewa (Rock in Water), which is home to a tiny Buddhist temple...
About 350m from the main rampart gate, Star Fort was built by the Dutch to compensate for deficiencies in the rampart. However, it’s so...
The best beach in the area is hugely popular with locals at weekends who rent goofy inflatable toys and frolic in the surf. It's just...
off Main St · interesting places nearby
Dutch Rampart information
The smallish Dutch rampart occupies the promontory separating the Nilwala Ganga from the sea. Built in the 18th century to protect the VOC’s kachcheri (administrative office), its structure is a little peculiar – it was originally meant to be a fort, but accountants, with their pesky cost-cutting exercises, dictated otherwise.
Inside the rampart are quiet vestiges of old Matara. Wander the narrow streets and you’ll see the odd colonial gem. The river bank at the west corner is serene; see if you can spot one of the rumoured crocodiles.