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Palakkad fort, Palakkad

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Palakkad Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. It was built by Hyder 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, Paliyath 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 Hyder Ali seeking help against an invasion threatened by the Zamorin. Hyder 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.
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  • Well maintained fort with walkway all around and a temple too inside. There is a garden vatika closeby for kids. The rotary park for children is also nearby. Must visit place especially for those havi...  more »
  • War times are alive in front of our eyes. The huge structures gives a great experience. Huge landscaped perimeters.  more »
  • The majestic Palakkad Fort is an architectural marvel situated in the heart of the town. A MUST Tourist attraction with its grand view points on its ramparts and the massive size makes it unique . The...  more »
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  • The garden and the fort is completely free... There's a excellent path for morning and evening walk around the fort, though a bit congested and crowded for jogging... There's a park right next to the fort which will cost 10 rupee to enter... There's small area for kids to practice skating and little play ground with swings and other stuff... Also the garden extends to the back of fort which is quite nice for a little picnic...
  • Neat n tidy area. Well maintained environment. Nice to visit with family n friends. Favourite place for kids
  • Very nice place. Plenty of space to roam. Please visit early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not high...
  • One of the best place to visit during the journey to Palakkad.History says it was rebuilt by the Mysore king Hider Ali.Local people says there was a tunnel under the fort which reaches Mysore .But there is no evidence for that .The fort and near places and well maintained and beautiful to spend a little time .The inside of the fort is now a jail .There is a Hanuman temple is present inside the fort .
  • Palakkad Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. It was rebuilt by Hyder Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.

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Where to stay in Palakkad

South of the main train station, you'll find the primary lodgings available in Palakkad, including simple hotels, some slightly more luxurious ones, and a fair number of hostels and guesthouses. If you're looking for a retreat, take a peak at what's offered a little farther out of town. You'll find that a few resorts occupy pleasant, secluded spots and offer yoga classes, health-food restaurants, and spas.
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