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Fort St. Angelos, Kannur
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Built by the first Portuguese governor of India in 1505, Fort St. Angelos faces the Arabian Sea, offering a sweeping view of Mopila Bay and Dharmadam Island. Check the muzzle-loading cannons and walk through long fat-walled barracks or gunpowder houses. Soak in the tumultuous colonial history of the site, shared between the Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Kerala natives. A fine piece of military engineering, a wall projecting from the fort separates the rough sea and inland water. Overlooking a scenic fishing village, the fort is easily accessible by car and has parking. Add Fort St. Angelos and other attractions to your Kannur trip itinerary using our Kannur trip generator.
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  • The tourist guide at the entrance will describe what to see and where to go so you don't need a guide book. Good signage and a small museum tells you the history as you gaze out over the Arabian see a...  more »
  • This Fort has solid architecture & stands as testament to Indian masonry. Superb picture opportunities in the Fort, like steps, horse stable, sea facing cannons etc. The light and sound show was not o...  more »
  • This has history behind it and is reasonably well-maintained. Not a very big place and you can go through the whole thing in about 30 mins. Worth a visit if you are in the area and have a spare hour. 
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  • St. Angelo’s Fort (also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta), is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from the town of Kannur. St. Angelo's Fort was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India and is on the Arabian sea about 3 km from Kannur town. It was attacked in vain by the local Indian ruler in the Siege of Cannanore (1507). On August 1509 Almeida, refusing to recognize Afonso de Albuquerque's as the new portuguese governor to supersede himself, arrested him in this fortress after having fought the naval Battle of Diu. Afonso de Albuquerque was released after three months' confinement, and become governor on the arrival of the grand-marshal of Portugal with a large fleet, in October 1509. The fort changed hands several times. In 1663 the Dutch captured it and sold it to the Arakkal Royal Family in 1772. The British conquered it in 1790 and transformed it into one of their major military stations on the Malabar Coast. It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. A painting of this fort and the fishing ferry behind it can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The fort is in Cannanore cantonment area. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a good tourist centre. Here Kerala Police have posted 6 Tourism Policemen for the protection and guidance to the tourists. Among them one Policeman Sathyan Edakkad has detailed knowledge about this fort and the surrounding places. He wrote and published a book in Malayalam language named Vasco da Gamayum Charitrathile Kaanapurangalum (Vasco da Gama and the unseen pages of history). In this book, he describes the past and present situation of the fort. The Moppila Bay Harbor and Arakkal Mosque are near the fort. The fort is now renovated and well-maintained under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India. Tourists are allowed entry to the fort every day of the week between 8 AM to 6 PM. Location: 3 kms from Kannur Nearest Railway Station: Kannur Nearest Bus Station: Kannur Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (120 kms).
  • This is an imposing fort right on the sea with some amazing views of beaches to the south, a small port with local fisher-folk and beautiful sea views. You can have some snacks there as there are a couple of snack and ice-cream vendors. Also good for a picnic. There was a lot of litter lying around and in some areas by the sea, huge piles of it which was a huge put-off for foreign tourists - it seems to be be common in India to just dump trash anywhere.
  • Also known as Kannur Fort is a fort facing the Arabian Sea most popular tourist destination in kannur district. It was built by the Portuguese in the year 1505. Tourists are allowed entry to the fort every day of the week between 8 AM to 6 PM. Its a beautiful historical fort..
  • Amazing place St. Angelo Fort (also known as Kannur Fort orKannur Kotta), is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur, a city inKerala state, south India.
  • Well maintained fort. Even in hot climate you will feel comfortable under the trees just outside the entrance and even inside