Vattakottai Fort in Kanyakumari

Constructed in the 18th century, the Vattakottai Fort offers beautiful views.

Constructed in the 18th century, the Vattakottai Fort offers beautiful views. | Photo credit: Devasyapratimah/wikimedia

Vattakottai Fort Overview

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Vattakottai Fort, also popular as the Circular Fort, is a tourist hotspot of Kanyakumari. Located around 6 km northeast of the Kanyakumari Cape, this fort enjoys a waterfront location with greenery surrounding it on all sides. This historical edifice was built in the 18th century by the mighty ruler Marthanda Varma to protect the town of Nagercoil. It was constructed under the supervision of Eustachius De Lannoy, a naval leader of the Dutch East India Company, who later became Travancore Army's commander.

Sprawling over an area of about 3.5 acres, this rectangular granite fort is enclosed by 25-26 feet high walls. An interesting fact associated with the fort is that there is a 4 feet wide tunnel, which connects it to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. This subway is not in use at present and remains closed.

There are no clear evidences to support the fort’s history as such, but it is presumed that it served as the military base to protect the Kumari Post (harbour). Also, inside the fort you can see images of fish, which are emblematic of the Pandya Rule in the region. At present, the fort serves as a famous picnic spot that is thronged by locals and visitors alike.

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

  • Photo Opp

    The fort enjoys a seafront location, which makes it an ideal spot not just for picnicking but for photography as well. Keeping the fort and lush surroundings in the background, you can click several pictures of your friends and family.
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Kanyakumari, 629702, Tamil Nadu