Palakkad Fort is also known as Tipu Sultan’s fort is an old fort situated in the center of Palakkad town of Kerala. It was built by Haider Ali, father of Tipu Sultan in 1766 and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. The current status of our old fort and the palakkad town hall known as Kotta Maidanam or Fort Maidan. It was first taken by the latter in 1768 when Colonel Wood captured it during his raid on Haider Ali’s fortresses, but it was retaken by Haider a few months later.
The ground is now used to stage cricket matches, displays and public meetings but which had once served as a stable for the elephants and horses of Tipu’s army. It is said that Hyder Ali had plan to build the famous Palakkad Fort here, before it is built in its present location.It was renovated later and was used as a base for operations that ended with the storming of Srirangapatnam. The fort continued to be garrisoned until the middle of 19th century. In the early 1900s it was converted into a taluk office.
Palakkad Fort on Google Map
Granite and rocks are kept here for constructing the fort. But the plan was changed and the fort was constructed at Palakkad. The resulted huge plain land was used by the people of nearby villages as a market of ancient times. There is also a temple inside the fort dedicated to Lord Hanuman , many devotees are attracted by this temple.The Palakkad Sub Jail is also located within the fort.
How to Reach Palakkad Fort
By Train– Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town Railway Station are two stations located in Pallakad town. you can easily reach via these station. It is about 5 km from Palakkad Junction and you can go by road from there.
By Air– Coimbatore International Airport of Tamil Naidu State is the nearest airport located to Palakkad city.
By Road– Palakkad has very good road networks and is well connected by other districts and cities of Kerala.