Distance from Belihuloya – 61.6 km (1 hour 36 minutes)
Ratnapura Portuguese Fort is a defense fort situated in Ratnapura. The fort was built by the Portuguese between 1618 and 1620 ground of the ancient shrine, Saman Devalaya. This was done following the defeat of the King Rajasinha I of Seethawaka. The fort was later captured and destroyed by Kirti Sri Raja Singha who built the Buddhist temple, Maha Saman Devalaya, on the site. A stone sculpture of the Portuguese General Simao Pinnao, on horseback with a sword, while trampling a Sinhalese soldier, stands in the temple grounds.
Getting to Ratnapura Portuguese Fort
From Belihuloya travel along the Colombo – Batticaloa Highway passing Altuhnuwara, Balangoda, and Pelmadulla up to Ratnapura to reach the Ratnapura Portuguese Fort.