palakkad-fort

Palakkad Fort also known as Tipu’s Fort is an old fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town of Kerala state, southern India. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 ACE and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala.The Palakkad Fort is said to have existed from very ancient times, but believed to be constructed in present form in 1766 A.D, but little is known of its early history. The local ruler, Palakkad Achchan, was originally a tributary of the Zamorin, but had become independent before the beginning of the eighteenth century.

There is a large ground between the Fort and the Palakkad Town hall, known as Kota Maidanam (Fort Grounds). The ground, which had once served as a stable for the elephants and horses of Tipu’s army, is now used to stage cricket matches, exhibitions and public meetings. An open air auditorium called “Rappadi”, currently under the preservation of the Archaeological Survey of India, is also located within the spacious grounds of the Fort. Additionally, there is a children’s park on one side of the Fort.The Palakkad Special Sub Jail is also located within the fort. There is a small shrine called Anjaneya Swamy Temple inside the fort. A garden called Vatika-Shilavatika is maintained inside the court.