Kayts is the largest island in the Jaffna Peninsula. The Portuguese fort in the island has been built with four circular bastions around 1629, with a shape of a horseshoe. This island played an important role during the Polonnaruwa Kingdom Era (1017-1236) and had a port called Urundai which was one of the primary commercial ports in the Northern Region of the country.
This was also called Urundai Fort in the old days.
The fort was buid to protect Jaffna Penisula from invading forces but soon became obsolete with the building of the Jaffna Fort. This was abandoned in 1651. The island was taken over by the Dutch in the 1600’s but made no attempt was made to restore it.
Map of Kayts Island Fort
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Traveling Directions to Remains of the Kayts Island Fort
Route 01 from Colombo to Jaffna
Route 02 from Colombo to Jaffna
|Though : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavunia Distance :400 km Travel time : 7-8 hours Driving directions : see on google map||Through : Puttlam – Anuradhapura – Vavunia Distance : 400 km Travel time : 7-8 hours Driving Directions : see on google maps|
Route from Jaffna to Kayts Island Fort
|Distance :24 km Travel time : 30 mins Driving directions : see on google map|