Manora Fort is located about 65 kilometers away from Thanjavur, and was built by Serfoji -II, the Maratha King during the years 1814-1815. Its construction was to commemorate the British advance that proved successful against the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Consisting of eight stories, it is a hexagonal tower that stands at 23 meters in height. The word ‘Manora’ is derived from ‘Minaret’.
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In the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the fort was damaged but the structure has been renovated since then, and several other facilities such as a tourist’s shed and an upgraded children’s park have been added.
An unsubstantiated legend exists along the lines that the Fort used to overlook a part of Sri Lanka and trade used to flourish at the fort. It is also rumored that the King might have hidden treasure within the mazes and a lot of damage has been sustained as a result of the locals searching for it.