Kanyakumari is one of the few places in the world where you can watch the sunset and the moonrise simultaneously. This unique phenomenon is called selenelion. On Chitra Pournami, you can watch the setting sun and the rising moon on the same horizon, i.e., simultaneously and in the same place. Besides Kanyakumari, there are plenty of other attractions in the district, also called Kanyakumari. One of them is the Vattakottai Fort.
Where is the Vattakottai Fort Located?
Vattakottai is one of the most popular Kanyakumari tourist places near hotels. It is only a short distance from Kanyakumari – make sure you don’t miss it on your trip there.
Vattakotai Fort History – All that You Wanted to Know
The fort was built in 1729 by the Travancore King Marthanda Varma under Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, a Dutch naval officer. It was meant to fortify against the enemies and was the last coastal fort built by the Travancore Kingdom. Although Vattakottai means circular, the defense is rectangular. It is surrounded by grand walls reaching a height of 25-26 feet, taking up an area of about 3.5 acres. It includes watchtowers, weapon rooms, and multiple other facilities to protect the soldiers from enemy attacks.
Not long ago, you could see the Padmanabhapuram Palace from the peak of the fort. There was also a broad tunnel connecting the defense to the palace – it is now closed, and you can see the parade ground.
Besides the Vattakotai Fort, there are multiple other attractions – you can enjoy the beach, famous for its black sand, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, and the Triveni Sangam. These Kanyakumari tourist places are near hotels that have the best amenities.
When to Visit Vattakotai Fort?
Fort timings include 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days, including weekends. There are no entry fees for tourists.
Where to Stay in Vattakotai?
If you are looking for a hotels in Kanyakumari that combines quality and service at a great value, visit The Gopinivas Grand. We promise to meet all your needs and make your visit to Kanyakumari memorable.
Our hotel is close to almost all must-see destinations in Kanyakumari, including the beach. It is close to every must-see tourist place in Kanyakumari. We offer concierge services as well – if you want to visit the Vattakotai Fort, just let our staff know about your plans and we’ll arrange everything for you. Call us at +91-88254-66315 to discuss your travel plans or book a room at The Gopinivas Grand. Click on this link https://g.page/r/Cc0walvxFpQpEAE to reach out to us.