Matara is the most major Southern town in Sri Lanka and the terminus of the Coastal Rail line. Matara is located at a distance of 160km from Colombo. The Nilwala River, which is the lifeline of the region, runs through the town. Matara is famous for its Natural Beauty- White Sandy Beaches, Lush Paddy Fields, Verdant tea estates and fragrant Spice Plantations. The town was earlier under the Portuguese and Dutch Rule.
Matara Dutch Fort
Built by the Dutch around 1640, Matara Fort is fortification of a Portuguese garrison. The Old Dutch church is one of the oldest structures in the Fort. There are many other structures of the Dutch and British era most of which have undergone many changes. The Star Fort built in a shape of a star was built to provide additional protection to the main Fort across the river.
About 15km from Matara towards Galle is the popular resort town of Weligama. The town is famous for its Beaches. The Rest House at Weligama is one of the oldest rest houses in Sri Lanka.
Located 48km East of Matara, is one of the most pleasant places in the region for a lazy Beach Holiday. Facing east, the Village Center straddles a freshwater lagoon where a small river flows in to the Sea, with a Fishing Harbor at its mouth.
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