Kayts Island fort

Kayts Island Fort
Kayts, Sri Lanka

Ruins of Kayts Island Fort
Kayts Island Fort
Coordinates 9°42′03″N 79°51′07″E / 9.700808°N 79.852035°E / 9.700808; 79.852035
Type Defence fort
Site information
Condition Ruins
Site history
Built 1629
Built by Portuguese
Materials Granite Stones and coral

The Kayts Island Fort (Tamil: ஊர்காவற்றுறைக் கோட்டை) was built by the Portuguese in 1629 and was abandoned in 1651. In the late 1600s, Dutch was controlled the fort when they taken over the Kayts island.[1] During the Dutch rule, it was not undergo for restoration like renovation of former forts of Portuguese.[2]

Horseshoe shape fort with four circular bastions was built to protect Jaffna Peninsula like other Portuguese forts in the peninsula. There was one of the primary commercial ports called “Urundai” beside of the fort.[1] Therefore, the fort was known as “Urundai Fort”. The Tamil word “Urundai” literally means round or round-shape.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Kayts Island Fort". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  2. "Dutch and Portuguese remains in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. "Round". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
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