Kanyakumari to Udayagiri Fort

An excursion from Kanyakumari to Udayagiri Fort is exciting and adventurous. Kanyakumari and Udaygiri fort are the major places of attractions in India. Kanyakumari is a beautiful tourist destination surrounded with exotic beaches, rich coconut grooves and paddy fields. The place is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

While traveling from Kanyakumari to Udaygiri fort the tourists can take explore the various places of attraction such as the Kanyakumari beaches, Nagaraja Temple, Gandhi Mandapan and Vattakottai.

The Udaygiri fort can be reached by buses or taxis that are available in Kanyakumari. The Udaygiri fort situated in the Kanyakumari district lies at a distance of 14 km from the town of Nagercoil. It covers an area of 90 acres enclosed by isolated hills that are almost 260 feet in height. Lying on the famous Thiruvananthapuram- Nagercoil National highway, Puliyoorkurichi, this fort was once an important military base for the rulers of Travancore.

The 400 years old Udayagiri Fort was constructed in 1600 AD. After being destroyed by Raja Raja Chola, it was re-built during the year 1729-1758 AD by King Marthana Varma. Inside the fort is a tomb of a European prisoner named Eustachius De Lannoy who was defeated and imprisoned by King Varma. Later on, a Flemish captain was captured by the king who remained loyal to him for 37 long years. As De Lannoy spent the rest of his years at this fort, the fort is also named as Dillannai Kottai.

Excursions from Kanyakumari to Udayagiri Fort are quite educational providing the tourists knowledge of the historical past.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011