As we delve deep into history, we can see that many empires used to build forts with their security in mind. Often, these forts acted as advantage points during battles and prevented the easy advance of enemies. Vattakottai Fort is one such majestic fort constructed with coastal defense in mind during the reign of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore in the region. One of the last seaside forts built by Travancore, Vattakottai is renowned for its splendiferous beauty and historic importance.
Though now a part of Tamil Nadu, Vattakottail was once ruled by the Travancore kings and was one of their important strategic areas. The fort was constructed in the 18th century during the time of King Marthanda Varma. Situated approximately 6 km to the north-east side of Kanniyakumari, the Vattakottai Fort is made of stone. The fort is spread across an area of 3.5 acres of land and has restrooms, weapon room and watch towers. The height of the walls are 25 ft and thickness in front is around 29 ft. It is said that during the earlier days, Padmanabhapuram Palace could be seen from the peak of the fort. There used to be a secret path through a tunnel that was 4 ft wide from the palace to the fort. This tunnel is closed now. The fort is constructed beautifully with plenty of open spaces and a pond in between.
The beauty of this fort that overlooks the majestic sea is a sight to behold. That is why Vattakottai Fort is a must-explore experience on your tour to Kanniyakumari.