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Palakkad Fort

July 31, 1766
Mirza Firuz Shah
Architectural and Building
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

Palakkad Fort



This is also known as Tippu's fort and is situated in the center of Palakkad town. The fort was constructed in AD 1766. It was built first by Tippu's father Hyder Ali (1717 - 1782) when he captured the northern regions of Kerala. His son Tippu Sultan also fought the British in India. In 1784 the fort was captured from Tippu's forces by the British forces under colonel Fullerton after an 11-day siege.

At the main gate, you will see a stucco design, similar to what you will find in temples. In fact, in Kerala, these stucco designs are unique to the Palakkad Fort. From the main doorway, you reach a second doorway that leads into the citadel. From the gate, the passage leads to a sub-jail.

A walk along the fort will reveal unexpected wonders as you chance upon interesting ancient structures and designs. Another fascinating construction here is the ancient stone step well. A beautifully designed lawn enhances the appearance of the fort but the lawn is open to the public only in the mornings.

The fort is kept alive not only by the tourists but also by the staff of other governmental departments. The fort houses the offices of the Prison and Revenue departments on one side. Another structure houses a museum that displays sculptures and other artifacts found from the premises. For instance, plenty of temple ruins were obtained during repair work held at the fort.

The fort is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.


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Very good information.


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