Udayagiri Fort in Kanyakumari

 Udayagiri Fort is also home to a beautiful biodiversity park.

Udayagiri Fort is also home to a beautiful biodiversity park. | Photo credit: YVSREDDY/wikimedia

Udayagiri Fort Overview

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Situated about 14 km away from Nagercoil, the Udayagiri Fort is one of Kanyakumari's popular historical edifices. Originally a mud-fort, it was used as a military barrack by Travancore rulers during the 17th century. In the initial days, the fort served as a prison for people who protested against Tipu Sultan - the ruler of Mysore. Later, it was rebuilt using massive blocks of granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma of Travancore in the 18th century. The renovation of the fort was done under the supervision of Eustachius De Lannoy, chief of the Dutch East India Company. It was once known as Dillanai Kottai, meaning De Lannoy's Fort, in the chief's honour. Visitors can also see tombs of De Lannoy, his son and wife in the fort's ruined chapel.

Sprawling over an expanse of about 90 acres, the fort comprises a foundry that was used to manufacture gun, mortar and cannon ball. Recently, a biodiversity park has been set up within its premises by the Forest Department, where visitors can find a wide variety of flora, fauna and avifauna.

  • Opening Closing Time 8 am to 7 pm (Daily)

  • Entrance Fee Free

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