Mannar Fort
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Mannar Fort
Mannar Fort
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Mannar Fort is located in Northern Province
Mannar Fort
Mannar Fort
Coordinates8°58?33?N 79°55?01?E / 8.975864°N 79.917013°E / 8.975864; 79.917013Coordinates: 8°58?33?N 79°55?01?E / 8.975864°N 79.917013°E / 8.975864; 79.917013
TypeDefence fort
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byPortuguese and Dutch
MaterialsGranite Stones and bricks

Mannar Fort (Tamil: , romanized: Mark Kai; Sinhala: ? Mannaram Balakotuwa) is located on Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It was built by Portuguese in 1560. The fort fell to the Dutch in 1658, and they rebuilt the fort in 1696. In 1795 the British occupied the fort following the surrender by the Dutch.[1][2]

It is a square-shaped fort with four bastions and is located next to the new bridge that connects the mainland with the Mannar Island.[3]

The fort is currently occupied by the Department of Archeology.


  1. ^ "Mannar Fort". Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Lost history of Mannar". Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "A journey to the island of Mannar". Retrieved 2014.
  • Nelson, W. A.; de Silva, R. K. (2004). The Dutch Forts of Sri Lanka - The Military Monuments of Ceylon. Sri Lanka Netherlands Association.

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