Vattakottai - A circular Fort near Kanyakumari, India
Forts were built in India during the rule of the kings for various reasons. All over India, we can see Forts, palaces and other ruins that remind us and give us information and also stand a proof of what we read in ancient history. I have written about my experience here while I visited this Fort called “Vattakottai” which means Circular Fort, which lies almost 7 kilometres away from Kanyakumari in the Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu in India. To make your reading interesting, I have added photos that I was able to capture whilst at Vattakottai.
Vattakottai is a seaside fort by the eastern coast of Kanyakumari. It was built for the purpose of coastal defence for the Travancore kingdom during the 18th century, by a Dutch commander Captain De Lannoy. Kanyakumari district was part of the Travancore district / kingdom then, ruled by King Marthandavarma.
The Fort is circular in shape, and a part of it extends into the sea. It is made of granite blocks and is under the control of the India archaeological department, that maintains the structures of the fort. There is a tank in the middle of the Fort, and a small well. There are a few small barns around the tank.
When climbing up the few steps in and actually reaching the Fort, we could see a vast area of land surrounded by a wall, with spaces like windows in between which we believe they would have used as spaces for weapons to defend themselves from enemies. Towards the East we could see the ocean, and towards the west, the Western Ghats. It is surrounded by natural beauty. The beach by the Fort was calm and looked like a serene spot for people who wanted to stay and relax without much trouble or noise. It also looked like a wonderful spot for people who wanted to have a dip in the cool blue sea.
This Fort is actually a wonderful place to witness the sunset. It is also a good location for people who wish to have a picnic, although it is quite a bit too warm during summer. It is a place that would be of interest for people who are interested in ancient history and studies on ruins etc. Anyone who visits Kanyakumari, should not miss this Fort, as it is one of the important historic places to visit in Kanyakumari district. It is only a few minutes drive away from Kanyakumari, a very famous tourist destination in India.