Vattakottai Fort – Kanyakumari
Vattakottai Fort is located at around 7 kilometres from Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. It is a seaside fort with a picturesque view of the sea on one side and the Western Ghats hills on the other side.
The Fort comes under the supervision of Indian Archaeological Department and has been declared as a protected site.
History of the Vattakottai Fort
Vattakottai Fort was constructed in the 18th century by the Venad Kings of Travancore as a coastal-defense barricade. The fort was modified under the supervision of ex-Dutch naval officer of the Dutch East India Company, Eustachius De Lannoy who became the commander of the Travancore Army. De Lannoy rebuilt the fort during the rule of Travancore King Marthanda Varma.
Architecture of Vattakottai Fort
Vattakottai Fort has been restored and is now a major tourist location in Kanyakumari. The architecture of this impressive fort and its location along the coast of Bay of Bengal makes the place a must-visit.
The Fort spreads over an area of 3.5 acres and is surrounded by mighty walls of about 25 feet height. The Fort houses watchtowers, weapon rooms, and a secret path (now closed) connecting the Fort to Padmanabhapuram Palace. It is believed that the Palace could once be seen clearly from the Fort. The Fort has been constructed using granite blocks.
A small pond in the centre of the Fort is an added attraction. Tourists can enjoy a mesmerizing view of the sea and the surroundings from the parade ground at the Fort. To spend some time at the beach near the site with gleaming black sand is an enthralling experience.
Timings of Vattakottai Fort
The Fort is open on all days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entry to the Fort is free.