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Forts of Kerala

Posted by keralaofficial on May 19, 2011


Kerala had been the hub of much political activity in the past and has witnessed the influx of various foreign powers, which settled down in various parts of the state. The imposing forts such as the St.Angelo’s Fort, Bekal Fort, Palakkad Fort built by these colonial powers speak volumes about the foreign influence on architecture.

Pallippuram Fort
This fort in Ernakulam built by the Portuguese in 1503 is one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. The Catholic Church at Pallipuram is an important pilgrim centre.

Palakkad Fort
Hyder Ali of Mysore constructed Palakkad Fort in 1766 and later it was taken over and modified by the British. Situated in the very heart of the town, its sober silence reminds us of old tales of valor and courage. This is now protected and preserved by the archaeological survey of India.

St. Angelo’s Fort
This fort situated near the sea coast about 2 km. away from Kannur town was built in 1505 AD by Sir Francisco De Almeiyda, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India. This fort was once controlled by the British.It is now under the archeological department.

Bakel Fort
A broad and extensive beach in the backdrop of fisherfolk village life, Bakel fort has a scenic beauty and natural charm. This important tourist spot lies 26 kms south ofKasaragod town. Built by the Ikkeri Naikkan’s in the 17th century, this artifice stood past the time and still remains a marvel to the eyes.

Dutch Palace
This Palace in Mattanchery was built by the Portuguese, and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. It is popularly known as the ‘Dutch Palace’, as the Dutch renovated it during their brief reign here.

The glory of the palace lies in the murals, which are in the best traditions of Hindu temple art. In the central courtyard of the palace is the temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathi. In the coronation hall there is a display of dresses and palanquins used by the rulers of Kochi.

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