Dutch fort at Mullaitivu – මුලතිවු බලකොටුව

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Ruins of what is thought to be part of the ancient fort of Mullathivu
Ruins of what is thought to be part of the ancient fort of Mullathivu
By Mahimsan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The fort at Mullaitivu was built by the Dutch in 1715 was originally a small wooden structure, in 1721 a quadrangular fort of earth-work has been erected. The English  had rebuilt it during the British occupation of the island.

On 25 August 1803, the fort was overrun by Vanni Bandara (Pandara Vanniyan), the last chieftain of Vanni, with the support from kingdom of Kandy. Lt. von Driberg of occupying British forces and his garrison was was driven away and the canons of the fort captured.

The exact location of the fort has been lost in time but remains of an massively thick ancient brick structure in the premises of the newly built Mullaitivu District Secretariat building is thought to be part of a building in this lost fort.

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Map of  Mullaitivu Fort

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Driving Directions to Mullaitivu Fort

Route from Colombo to Mullaitivu

Through : Puttam – anuradhapura
Distance :350 km
Travel time : 7 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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