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Vattakottai - A circular Fort near Kanyakumari, India

Updated on September 10, 2013
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The entrance to the Fort!
The entrance to the Fort!

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.

The water tank, might have been a bathing place, in the Fort
The water tank, might have been a bathing place, in the Fort

Introduction:

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.

One of the barns around the tank
One of the barns around the tank
The walls of the Fort
The walls of the Fort

Structure:

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.

A well near the tank inside the Fort
A well near the tank inside the Fort
The sea on one side, towards the east, you can see the black sands in the beach
The sea on one side, towards the east, you can see the black sands in the beach
The western Ghats on the Western side of the Fort
The western Ghats on the Western side of the Fort
Steps that lead to the top of the Fort
Steps that lead to the top of the Fort

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.

These might have been places where they hid with weapons in times of need
These might have been places where they hid with weapons in times of need
The walls of the Fort
The walls of the Fort

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.

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Rajan for the visit and appreciation. It is indeed a beautiful scene, I have been twice there before, but did not have a camera. So thought this was time for me to picture and share what I'd seen with the friends around me.

      Thank you so much for the votes and pin!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Livingsta, this is a very interesting historical monument. Lovely photos and a good description. I really like that it opens out to the sea. It must be a great sight to watch the sea from the top.

      voted up, and interesting. Pinning this.

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