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     Palakkad Fort


          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.


          The 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.[1] 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 Haider Alis'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).



 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(111 km, 2 hours 2 mins)

   Directions :

1. Head west on International Terminal Road
           160 m

2. Take the 2nd right toward International Terminal Road
           280 m

3. Slight left onto International Terminal Road
           190 m

4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
           150 m

5. Turn right onto Airport Rd Pass by Bharath Petroleum Outlet (on the left in 500 m)
           750 m

6. Turn left at Nayathode onto Angamali - Cochin Airport Rd Pass by St JOHNS CHAPPEL NAYATHODE (on the right)
           3.0 km

7. At Nayathode Jct, continue onto Main Central Rd Pass by Aravind Ayurvedha Hospital (on the right in 1.2 km)
           1.4 km

8. Turn right at Municipal Shopping Complex onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Partial toll road Pass by Indian Oil (on the right in 83.2 km)
           97.0 km

9. Take the exit towards Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy
           170 m

10. Turn left onto Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy
           550 m

11. Turn right to stay on Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy Pass by Petrol Filling Station Yakkara (on the left in 1.6 km)
           3.3 km

12. Turn left to stay on Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy Pass by Petrol Pump (on the left in 2.9 km)
           2.9 km

13. Turn right onto Ferokh-Palakkad Hwy/NH 213
           750 m




 Nearest Railway station:

 Calicut Railway station(CLT)

 Road :

 From Palakkad Town Railway Station to spot(2.8 km, 12 mins)

   Directions :

1. Head towards Priyadarshini Rd north-west on Railway Station Rd Pass by SBI Agri Branch (on the right)
           240 m

2. Slight right onto VH Rd Pass by Government Veterinary Hospital (on the right)
           280 m

3. Turn left at TIME Palakkad onto Palakkad - Koduvayur - Meenakshipuram Hwy Pass by Petrol Pump (on the left in 1.4 km)
           1.5 km

4. Turn right onto Ferokh-Palakkad Hwy/NH 213
           750 m


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