Kerala is truly a delight to a traveller. From its unmatched natural beauty to its monuments that are historically significant, from its majestic temples to its technological wonders, the state finds no reason for you to not like it.
Forts have always been great sources of history of the region. Many forts were palaces in the past, some were built for military purposes and some as prisons. Kerala has some forts that are worth exploring, to know more about the times when these forts were used and to know about the times when Kerala had rulers who fought to protect their territories.
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Today, let us take a virtual tour of the St. Angelo's Fort in Kannur, which has some interesting stories to share.
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St. Angelo's Fort, also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta, is one of the best historical sites of Kerala. The fort was built by Dom Francisco de Almeida who was the first Portuguese Viceroy to India. Though it was later captured by the Dutch, the fort was acquired by the British during their rule in India. The fort was then a major military structure of the British in the Malabar region of Kerala.
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The fort is built in laterite soil that is found in plenty in the coastal area of Kannur. This triangular structure has cells and rooms that were used during the British rule. There are cells that has a single hole, which was used to provide food to the prisoners held here. Apart from a few corrosions, the huge fort has withstood the natural calamities through centuries, making it a worthy tourist attraction. Today, the fort is a protected monument, maintained by the Archaeological Survey Of India.
If you're a shutter bug, this is a great place to try to experiment and explore on your photography skills. The fort is also a prominent shooting location of the South Indian film industry.
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The fort is located on the coast of Arabian Sea, around 2 km from the Kannur town. You can take an autorickshaw to the fort once you reach Kannur. Here's how to reach Kannur.
Kannur has some really interesting tourist places that are not to be missed. These attractions include the Arakkal Museum, Kannur Beach, Tellicherry Fort, Payyambalam Beach and Thottada Beach. To know about more attractions in Kannur, click here.
Hotels In Kannur
Kannur has some beautiful stay options ranging from budget hotels to luxurious resorts. Click here to know more about the hotels in Kannur.