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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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  • The fort is located in the heart of Palakkad city. The place is well maintained. The moat around the fort had dried up as a result of the intense summer heat. Earlier there used to quite a few tortois...  more »
  • The fort once belonged to the mighty Tipu Sultan - arguably one of the greatest monarchs in the south. I made the visit to the fort once in 2014, and again a few days back, recently. The timing of the...  more »
  • Palakkad's Fort is by far the most prominent site in town and it is an ASI heritage site. It is quite massive with its own moat and gardens surrounding it. There is also a Hanuman Temple located insid...  more »
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  • Peaceful place .. We can go for at evening. Its historical place where we can learn the construction of forts using stones. கோட்டைக்கு பாதுகாப்பாக இருக்க ஆழமான அகழிகள் தோண்ட பட்டு உள்ளதை பார்க்கலாம்
  • Awesome place. Beautiful. There is an anjaneya temple too inside the fort.
  • Ancient place, nicely restored. Park is maintained neatly. Very good for walking and sight seeing.
  • Good place for a family visit ...we could see many good people ...thanks to tippu sulthan
  • One of the most historic and must visit place in Palakkad. This place will take you to other era. You will be amazed to see the beauty of the engineering of the old times and the stories behind that.