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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Palakkad Fort

Palakkad (Palghot ) fort is an imposing fort covers an area of 15 acres. It is situated on the western border of Palakkad town, in the state of Kerala, South India. The fort is also known as Tipu's Fort. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 and one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Palakkad Fort- Tippu’s Fort has great historical importance and also represents the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. The Fort narrates the history of Mysore invasion and the advent of the British to the region.

By the history, it is believed that when the local ruler of Palakkad declared independence from the Zamorins of Calicut (Kozhikode ), the Zamorins threatened an invasion to restore their lost possession. So the local ruler sought the help of the king of Mysore province (Now a part of Karnataka state) against the Zamorin’s invasion. Hyder Ali deputed to help him and later all these areas came under his control. Hyder Ali in 1766 AD built a fort with the help of French engineers in Palakkad. This was to facilitate Hyder’s communication between both sides of the Western Ghats (coast) Coimbatore and the West Coast, which were by then under his control.

Hyder Ali also used this fort as the military headquarters. In 1768, the British ruler Colonel Wood captured it from Hyder Ali and fort was damaged sue to the war. But a few months later it was re-captured by Hyder Ali and it was reconstructed on a solid foundation. The British under Colonel Fullerton again re-captured it in 1783. When the British left, it fell into the hands of the Zamorins. Taking advantage of this, Tippu Sultan’s (Hyder Ali’s son ) armed forces returned to capture the fort. Due to a delay in the arrival of help dispatched by Colonel Fullerton, The Zamorin abandoned the fort and the fort came under Tippu’s control. In 1790, the British under Colonel Stuart captured the fort again and it used as a base for the final attack on Srirangapatnam. They renovated the fort in European style.

Architectural Style
The fort is square in shape, with a drawbridge at the entrance and bastions at all four corners as well as in the centre, sits on a gentle hillock, to one end of the arterial Sultan pet area of town. Water flows in the moat and one unconsciously searches for the rare croc or maybe a monitor lizard immobile on a bank; there is nary even a fish to be seen, though.

Photo Gallery
Visitors ropeway at Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort, Kerala, India

Palakkad Fort Wallpaper

Palakkad Fort Photo

Palakkad Fort Images

Palakkad Fort Picture

Palakkad Fort In Kerala

Malampuzha in Palakkad Fort

Inside the Palakkad Fort

Entrance Gate of Palakkad Fort

Beautiful place at Palakkad Fort


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Already I went to palakkad but I had missed some places. It is a wonderful place in Kerala.
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