Fort Pyl & Fort Beschutter

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17th century dutch map of Fort Pyl
17th century dutch map of Fort Pyl

On the southern edge of the Jaffna peninsula three forts were linearly situated across the neck of the narrow peninsula. Elephant Pass was the southern most fortification out of these forts.

Three miles north east from Elephant Pass in the general area of Iyakachchi was situated the second fortification called Pas Beschutter built by the Dutch near the village of Koyilvayal. Further to the north east from this point was the third Dutch fortification named Pas Pyl. The purpose of the three forts was to protect Dutch interests in the Peninsula from attacks originating in the Wanni mainland.

Nothing remains of Pas Pyl today.

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Map of Fort Pyl & Fort Beschutter

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Traveling Directions to Elephant Pass

Route from Colombo to Elephant Pass

Though : Putlam – Anuradhapura
distance : 360 km
Travel time : 8 hours
Driving directions : see on google map


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