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Palakkad fort, Palakkad
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Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu's Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.HistoryThe Palakkad Fort is said to have existed from very ancient times, but believed to be constructed in present form in 1766 A.D, but little is known of its early history. The local ruler, Palakkad Achchan, was originally a tributary of the Zamorin, but had become independent before the beginning of the eighteenth century. In 1757 he sent a deputation to Haider Ali seeking help against an invasion threatened by the Zamorin. Haider Ali seized upon the opportunity to gain possession of a strategically important location such as Palghat, and from that time until 1790 the fort was continually in the hands of the Mysore Sultans or the British. It was first taken by the latter in 1768 when Colonel Wood captured it during his raid on Hyder Ali's fortresses, but it was retaken by Haider a few months later. It was recaptured by Colonel Fullarton in 1783, after a siege that lasted eleven days but was abandoned the following year. It later fell into the hands of the Zamorin’s troops. In 1790 it was finally captured by the British under Colonel Stuart. It was renovated and was used as a base for operations that ended with the storming of Srirangapatnam. The fort continued to be garrisoned until the middle of 19th century. In the early 1900s it was converted into a taluk office.The fort is also known as Tipu's Fort (after Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali).
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  • Nice place for walking in early morning or evening. Morning from 5:30 it will be opened for walking. There is a small temple as well inside. 
  • The fort is located in the centre of the town. The old fort walls can be seen. You can spend an evening here if you are in Palakkad. 
  • Very Nice place for evening visit. This is a historical place. This fort fort is built by Tipu Sultan. A temple is also there in this fort. Palakkad District Sub jail is working inside this fort. A be...  more »
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  • A very nice place to spend few hours in the middle of Palakkad city. This fort is build by Tippu Sulthan. A nice paved walkway is built outside the fort and is a nice place for a brisk walking/jogging. Both family and lovers can enjoy this place. There is a Hanuman temple at the entrance.
  • It's a Great Place For a Romantic Walk, There's A Very Nice Paid Park (10Rs) Within the Boundary , But If You Are Going Out With Friends, There's Not Many Surprises,, It's Just A Fort, It Won't Take More Than 2 Hours To See Whole The Fort Even If You All Stop For Photo Sessions, But You Shouldn't Miss it Cause it's Historic Tippu Fort, It's a Good Place For a One Time Visit ... It's Best If You Go To This Place In The Morning & Then Continue Your Journey to Malapuzham Dam & Garden, That Would Be An Ideal Plan ✌
  • The Tipu's Fort, also known as Palakkad Fort, stands in the heart of Palakkad town. Palakkad is a small town on the lower edges of the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats, with patches of dense forests and crisscrossed with rivers. One of the well preserved forts in south India, Tipu's Fort was constructed in 1766 AD and is today a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. The sober majesty of the laterite walls of the fort reminds one of the old tales of valour and courage. The fort was built by Hyder Ali (1717 - 1782), the emperor of Mysore province (now part of Karnataka State), supposedly to facilitate communication between both sides of the Western Ghats, (Coimbatore and the West Coast). He had captured the Malabar and Kochi regions which come under the West Coast area. His son Tipu Sultan (1750 - 1799) a warrior as well as a linguist was known as the 'Tiger of Mysore'. Tipu waged a series of wars against the British colonial rule. In 1784, after an eleven-day seige, the fort was captured by the British under Colonel Fullerton. Though it later fell into the hands of the troops of the Kozhikode Zamorin, it was recaptured by the British in 1790. Tipu Sultan lost his life in 1799 in an encounter with the British and the fort later came to be known in his name. Visiting hours: 0800 - 1800 hrs Entrance is free. Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 5 km Nearest airport: Coimbatore about 55 km in Tamilnadu State; Cochin International Airport, about 140 km
  • Quiet and beautiful place in palakkad district. Best for evening and morning walking. For relaxing its one of the places. Not far away from palakkad town.
  • Its a great place..It is my home town..This fort is built by Tippu sulthan.... Must see..There is a temple+museum+jail+supplyco office inside it