Ranked 10 among Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Spreading over an area of 3.5 acres, the Vattakottai Fort is one of the must-visit attractions of Tamil Nadu. Located only 7 km north of Kanyakumari in the Agasteeswaram Taluka, this fort is a truly enhances the beauty of Tamil Nadu as it rests on the coast of the magnificent Bay of Bengal. Even though the aesthetics and architecture of the fort are renowned, the primary purpose of erecting this fort was utterly different. The historical significance of the mighty fortress clubbed with its perfectly scenic location has made it an actively visited tourist spot. A panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal Sea on one side and the other decorated with the majestic hills of the Western Ghats, bright blue skies with cotton clouds and plains of beaches with sparkling black sand makes this place mesmerising.
This coastal fort was built in the 18th century during the reign of the Travancore Dynasty. In fact, this is the last fort built by the Travancore Kingdom. The building of this fort commenced in 1729, during the rule of King Marthanda Varma, under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy. Captain Eustachius De Lannoy's army was defeated and taken over by the Travancore army in the Battle of Colachel. In due course, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy had earned the trust and respect of the King to the point where he was given the entire responsibility of building the Vattakottai Fort as one of the defence fortification projects he undertook for the Travancore Dynasty. The Vattakottai Fort is declared to be a protected site under the Indian Archaeological department, and the administration makes timely renovations to ensure that the site is preserved as well as qualified to accommodate tourists.
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