Star shaped Jaffna Fort, spread over an area of 22 hectare within city limits, is one of the main tourist attraction in Jaffna. This Dutch Fort was built in 1680 by the Dutch over an earlier Portuguese fort.
Architecturally, it’s probably Asia’s best example of Dutch fortifications of its period. There is the King’s House, one-time residence of the Dutch commander, within Jaffna fort which is an excellent example of Dutch architecture of the period. One side of Jaffna fort is bounded by shallow lagoon water.