Kanyakumari to Vattakottai
is a journey of about an hour or less than an hour by car and might take a little more time by bus. Vattakottai is the name of a fort, which is also known, by the name of Circular Fort. In spite of the name, the Vattakottai fort is actually rectangular in shape. The adjoining place of the Circular Fort is now used as picnic spot. Even parts of the fort have been converted to holiday home. The river that flows by the side of the fort and the scenic beauty of the surrounding place makes for a perfectly romantic setting.
The Vattakottai fort was built in the 18th century by Marthanda Varma in his attempt to fortify the Nanjil Nadu region. The place was famous for its pearl trade and seriously needed a strong military base to protect the wealth of the state from plunderers. The defense lines of the Vattakottai fort were ravaged when British commander Leger entered Nanjil nadu region using the Ambroly pass.
The wall of the Vattakottai fort is guarded by a wall, which is 25 to 26 feet high wall. The front portion, which includes the parapet, is about 29 feet in thickness. The corners and the rear areas are 18 feet and 6 feet respectively. The fort is enclosed by walls 25 to 26 feet high, including the parapet, 29 feet thick at the front, 18 feet at the corners and 6 feet at the rear in thickness. The Vattakottai occupies an area of about three and a half acres of land. There was previously a tunnel, four feet in width, which connected the Circular fort with the Padmanabhapuram but later this path was sealed due o various reasons.
There are regular buses to ferry passengers from Kanyakumari to Vattakottai
. So getting there should not be much of a trouble. Tourists can also hire cars from Kanyakumari town.
Last Updated on 9/15/2011