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Palakkad Fort, Palakkad

Palakkad Fort, the old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Haider Ali of Mysore, in 1766 AD. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790 AD. Also known as Tipu's Fort, Palakkad Fort was supposedly built to hasten communication between Coimbatore and the West Coast.

 

In 1784 AD, after a siege lasting eleven days, the British Colonel, Fullerton stormed the Fort. It later fell into the hands of the Zamorin's troops but was recaptured by the British in 1790 AD. Martyr's Column, Open Air Auditorium called "Rappadi" are located in the spacious grounds of the Fort, now preserved by the Archaeological Survey Of India. There is also a Children's park on one of the sides of the Fort.

 

Palakkad Fort is a famous site of interest in the district of Palakkad in Kerala. This district houses a marvelous fort called Palakkad Fort. It is one of the preserved forts in Kerala and is said to have existed from an ancient period. The present-day architecture of the fort was reconstructed by the king Hyder Ali in the 17th century. Though the fort is in a semi-ruined condition today, it still catches the attention of the visitors.

 

It Is Known For:-
1) Palakkad Fort is known for its scenic surroundings that serve as a great location for spending a picnic and conducting photo shoots
2) On the other side of the fort, a recreational park for children has been constructed
3) The interiors of the fort reflect the lavish lifestyle of the royal family of Hyder Ali. Presently, the inner walls are in a semi-ruined state
4) The fort also houses a prison that was used to capture the infiltrators and criminals
5) Anjaneya Swami Temple is also located in the vicinity of Palakkad Fort

 

Best Time To Visit:-
The best time to visit Palakkad Fort is between the months of October-February. During this time, the weather is favorable for touring the fort and its nearby area. The visitors have to abide by the regulations and are not allowed to stay in the fort premises after the sunset.

 

Reaching There:-
Palakkad Fort is a great place that is visited by many. This place is well-connected by the network of the roadways that allow an easy access to the place. One can hire the service of the local buses and cabs to reach Palakkad Fort.

 

Nearest Railway Station- Palakkad Junction
Nearest Airport- Coimbatore Airport

Established : 1766 AD
Built by : Hyder Ali
Best Time to Visit : Months of October to February
Nearest Railway Station : Palakkad Junction
Nearest Airport : Coimbatore Airport

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