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Vattakottai Fort

Kanyakumari

14.5/5(14 Ratings)

Vattakottai Fort Overview

Ranked 6 of 30 sightseeing in Kanyakumari

Vattakottai Fort is one of the chief tourist attractions of Kanyakumari. Vattakottai Fort or the circular fort is located about 6 km to the north-east of Kanyakumari town, in Agasteeswaram taluk.  

Vattakottai Fort, built in the 18th century, was the last one in a string of coastal forts constructed by the Travancore Kings.  Vattakottai Fort was constructed during the reign of Marthanda Varma as a defence measure for Nanjil Nadu.

The fort walls are about 25 feet high with a thickness of about 29 feet in the front portion. The walls of Vattakottai Fort were reinforced by De Lannoy, the trusted General of Travancore King, Marthanda Varma.

Vattakottai Fort, built of stone, consists of watchtowers, rest rooms and weapon rooms. Many of the walls within the fort have carvings of the fish motif, which is believed to be the symbol of the Pandyas. According to archaeologists, Vattakottai Fort was once under the control of the Pandyas.

In its initial days, a clear view of Padmanabhapuram Palace was possible from the top of Vattakottai Fort. There was also a 1.2 meter wide tunnel (secret passage) from Vattakottai Fort to the Padmanabhapuram Palace which covered a distance of about 25 km. This tunnel was gradually closed with the passage of time.

A view of the sea is available from the raised parade ground situated atop Vattakottai Fort. The calm water of the Arabian Sea is visible from one side of the parade ground and the rough water of the Bay of Bengal can be seen on the other side.
 

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What travellers are saying about Vattakottai Fort

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Sunday:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
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Reviews and Ratings

Jaison Netto

Jaison Netto4.3/5

81 reviews

Beautiful view of beach from the fort

The fort is good to watch and the entire place is green and its very relaxing to walk through this place. We wont feel the heat of Kanyakumari here. The view of beach from the top of the fort is amazing and it would be a nice place to spend an evening ..

Inbasagar V t

Inbasagar V t5.0/5

1 review

Fort for Queen's Bathing

This Fort is located near to Kanyakumari Rocks and near to my native place. The Fort is built for the queen to bath lonely. It has a swimming pool like pond. We are not allowed to Bath. It is very near to Sea. We can bath in sea nearby (Have to walk for 5 to 10 minutes).
  • Fort for Queen's Bathing
  • Fort for Queen's Bathing

Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar5.0/5

5 reviews

Awesome fort

Nothing to see much in this place but it was above the ocean level just for photography. It was nearer to some Atomic Research centre, so it will be visible from this place.

Chrysann Pereira

Chrysann Pereira5.0/5

31 reviews

Quiet place, not much visited

This place is not visited by many as there is very little to see. There is only the boundary walls and a pond in the center, the back of the fort touches the sea.
  • Quiet place, not much visited

Sanjay Sivadas

Sanjay Sivadas4.3/5

7 reviews

Unassuming fort

This unassuming fortress overlooking the Arabian Sea, about 6 kilometres from Kanyakumari, is steeped in history. A secret underground passage is believed to run from Vattakottai to the Padmanabhapuram Palace, some 35 kilometres away.

R  vijayamadhavan

R vijayamadhavan3.6/5

3 reviews

Art on the ceilings

Vattakottai is just a circular fort, you need to climb and see the sea, if you have inclination to observe surely watch out for the emblems of fish in the ceiling, that claim it to be the built by Pandyas.

Sahaya Punida mary

Sahaya Punida mary5.0/5

5 reviews

Relaxing place, unique underground

This place of the fort has a unique underground way used by the kings of those times. To run away in case of war emergency and the sea beside is one of the relaxing place and romantic too.

Roopa Mohan

Roopa Mohan5.0/5

3 reviews

Explore yourself in serenity

Shed all your inhibitions about visiting a secluded fort, and head to visit this beautiful beach fort to explore yourself in serenity. Awesome view of the sea. The sand and the feel of the breeze will hold you still for hours.

Sindhuja Suyambu

Sindhuja Suyambu3.9/5

105 reviews

This fort is worth visiting

Vattakottai fort is located nearly 5 km from Kanyakumari beach. It was good to visit. The view of sea from fort was excellent. It was really worth a visit. Facilities around was less. Carry all requirements. Recommended to carry an umbrella.

Rita Chatterjee

Rita Chatterjee5.0/5

17 reviews

A peaceful place

The fort is situated at the sea shore and established during the 18th century. It is a shooting point. The place is calm and peaceful.

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Vattakottai Beach