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“A place to relax” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vattakottai Fort

Vattakottai Fort
Ranked #9 of 40 things to do in Kanyakumari
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Bengaluru, India
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“A place to relax”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

The Vattakottai fort is about 7 km away from Kanyakumari in the Kanyakumari -Nagarcoil route.It is two centuries old fort built for Travancore rulers.The ASI notices displayed at the entrance is only about the fine to be paid for the damaging of the property and no historical details are given.There is no entrance fee charged.From the fort good view of the sea/beach which is about 30 feet below is seen. The lawn areas inside is a calm and cool place to relax.There is a pond at the centre inside the fort.Provision of basic facilities and proper maintenance can attract more tourists.As no good shops or hotels are available in this area,it is better to carry drinking water/snacks.

Visited November 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Not to miss it !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

The architectural planning and landscape to be noted though it needs more maintenance and signage informing the travelers about its history and strategic locational importance.

Visited October 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Historical Port”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Just a drive away(&KM) from Kanyakumari on the way to Trinelveli this fort is a memorable location.The sea washes its massive rock walls and one can not fathom how thses great size granite stones were mounted on one another that too very precisely.Under the ASI custody this fort would have appeared in many movies.Surrounded by coconut groves and sea this place is a must visit one whenyou are in Kanyakumari

Visited May 2013
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Kerala
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“Defying the roaring sea - Standing Tall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is a very silent destination, on the way to Kanyakumari. To reach the fort you got to ask a couple of people, as there are no signboards or directions from the main road. But once on the road to the fort, you can see the fort and follow the direction.

The fort is built using granite blocks and looks as if it has come up from the sea. The old fort is well maintained by ASI and is kept neat and clean. They have taken special care to keep the surroundings green, may it be trees or the well trimmed ground grass.

We reached there at mid afternoon, was very hot, but inside the fort campus there is a Neem Tree under which we had a great nap. Wonderful place, cool breeze and nice ambiance altogether. There is a pond in the middle, that too well maintained. There WAS a tunnel from the fort to Padmanabhapuram Palace which is 25 km far, but presently is caved in and cannot be seen.

From one side you can see endless fields of Windmills. To the opposite, you can see the tall statue of Shri Tiruvalluar beyond long black sand beaches. There is a provision to take open bath in sea, with no enclosures, so not so lady friendly.

History is slightly obscured, but few facts are available. The fort was built by a Dutch captain for protection of Travancore from sea attacks, that time this area being under Travancore kingdom of kerala. This fort presently belongs to Tamil Nadu. There is a Guide there who can be hired at a nominal rate. He'll take you around the fort, but with very little English knowledge.

There is NO FOOD AVAILABLE for purchase here. A small time vendor with an inventory of some local drinks and Mineral Water is the only respite.

Visited May 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Magnificent for shrouded in Silence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

One is able to understand the strategic important of this fort in old days in protecting the coast line. There was plenty of air but felt sultry under the hot sun. The upper deck with a view of the see immediately below, the wind mill farms and Kudamkulam Nuclear Reactor was really good.
Though there was no entry fee the man incharge expect some money - you don't have to give it.

Visited February 2013
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