Considered to be the best colonial fort built in south and south east Asia, started as a small fort with 3 bastions built in 1584 by the Portuguese and then later taken over and occupied by the Dutch exists still, but with few changes. The fort area covers 52 ha inside the walls and is defended by 14 bastions. Majority of the construction took place in 1663 with additions of the northern fortified gate, protected by a drawbridge and a ditch, bearing the date as 1669. This magnificent fort city is still occupied and is considered to the only to-date inhabited Dutch fort remaining in the world. The fort has a colorful history, and today has a mulch-ethnic and mulch-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a UNESCO World cultural Heritage Site. The fort is now a popular tourist destination with a number of luxury hotels, guest houses and restaurants and is gaining popularity fast with the development of Whale Watching in the area

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