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Matara, town, southern Sri Lanka. It lies at the mouth of the Nilwala River on the island's southern coast. Its name, meaning Great Ford, arose from its location at a river crossing. The Portuguese held the town in the 17th century, and the Dutch in the 18th. Under both countries it was an important commercial centre, and Dutch fortifications can still be seen. Matara is now the trade centre of a productive agricultural region. It is linked by rail with Colombo and is a road junction.

Southern most major town in Sri Lanka and the terminus of the coastal rail line has also been under the Portuguese and Dutch rule. The star shaped fort at Matara is an unusual and a unique structure. There are several beautiful and less crowded beaches along the coast between Galle and Matara and the closest to the town is at Polhena. Another attraction is a 25m high colourful Buddha statue built at Veherahena Temple.

Location

Province : Southern

Distance Between

Source: Colombo, Sri Lanka Destination: Matara, Sri Lanka

Driving Distance

Distance (km): 172 Km. Distance (mile): 107 Miles.

Routes: By Bus (A1 and E1)

Colombo → Panadura → Kaluthara → Ambalangoda → Galle → Matara.(A1)

Colombo → Galle → Matara.(Southern Express High way (E1)

Maththala →Hambanthota → Ambalathota → Tangalle → Matara.

Routes: By Train

Colombo → Galle → Matara


 

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