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Forts in Kerala

13 Sep

Kerala had been the center of large amount of political actions in the history and has witnessed the arrival of a range of overseas powers, which established down in various regions of the state. The impressive forts such as the Bekal Fort, Palakkad Fort, and St.Angelo’s Fort, constructed by these regal powers talk volumes about the foreign power on structural design. Here are some forts in Kerala which have great historical importance.

a. Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala and is about 40 acres. Wide and broad seashore in the background of fisher folk rural community life, Bekal fort has an attractive gorgeousness and ordinary charm. This main tourist spot laid 26 kms south of Kasaragod town. Bekal fort was constructed by the Ikkeri Naikkan’s in the 17th century; this pretense stood past the occasion and still leftovers a wonder to everyone’s eyes.

b. Pallipuram Fort

It is one of the oldest existing European forts in India. This fort is in Ernakulam constructed by the Portuguese in 1503 and is one of the European monuments in India. This fort is located in the northern edge of the Vypeen Island. The Catholic Church at Pallipuram is a main pilgrim centre. This hexagonal building is the oldest existing European monument in India. It is commonly known as Ayakkotta or Alikkotta.

c. St. Angelo’s Fort

St. Angelo Fort is also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta. This fort located close to the sea shore about 2 km away from Kannur town was built in 1505 AD by Sir Francisco De Almeiyda, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India. This fort was once ruled by the British. It is now under the archeological department.

d. Thalassery Fort

Thalassery Fort is in Kannur District of Kerala state. The square fort, with its huge walls, clandestine tunnels to the sea and intricately imprinted enormous doors, is an impressive structure. The fort was once the center of Thalassery’s progress. It is now a historical monument. The fort stands on a stony precipice, right on the Muzhappilangad Beach. It was constructed by the East India Company in 1703 as a memorial of their regal imperialism.

e. Palakkad Fort

Palakkad Fort is also known as Tipu’s Fort. Palakkad Fort is an old granite fort located in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state in India. Palakkad Fort is one of the best preserved Forts in Kerala, was built by Mysore’s Haider Ali in 1766 AD. In 1790, the Fort was taken over and renovated by the British. The Fort offers panoramic views of the town of Palakkad. The Fort is currently a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India.