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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fort of Tipu Sultan (Kerala-India)

The fort of Tipu Sultan: Located in Palakkad. Also known as the palakkad fort, it stands in the heart of the town of Palakkad. The fort was constructed in 1766 AD and is today a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. It is one of the well preserved forts of south India. Hyder Ali, the emperor of Mysore province, had built this fort to facilitate communication between both sides of the western ghats, Coimbatore and the west coast. in 1784, after an 11 day seige, the fort was captured by the British. Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan later lost his life in 1799 in an encounter with the British and the fort came to be known in his name.
To reach: 05 kms from Palakkad railway station; 55 kms from Coimbatore airport, Tamil Nadu ; 140 kms from Cochin International airport