Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Udayagiri Fort - 1

Name : Udayagiri Fort - Puliyoorkurichy (Near Thuckalay), Kanyakumari District

Udayagiri Fort , Puliyoorkurichy is about 34 km from Kanyakumari.

Puliyoorkurichy is situated on the

Thiruvananthapuram - Kanyakumari  Highway near Thuckalay.

Route : Kanyakumari -----> Nagercoil -----> Puliyoorkurichy -----> Thuckalay

In Tamil 'Giri' means Hill.
Enclosing an area of about 90 acres, with an isolated hill 260 feet high, the fort contains an old foundry which was used for casting guns.
The fort was rebuilt during the reign of Marthanda Varma, Venad King, during 1741-44 under the supervision of Eustachius De Lannoy, naval commander of the Dutch East India Company, who later served as the Chief of the Travancore Army.
Udayagiri Fort was called the `Dillannai Kottai,' where the De Lannoy stayed with his family till his death

Presently, the fort has been turned into a bio-diversity park by the Tamilnadu forest department, with sites of historical importance, such as De Lannoy's tomb, remaining as protected archaeological sites under the Archaeological Department of India.

Main Entrance to the Fort

Visitors are allowed inside the Fort from 9 am to 5.30 pm.

Steps leading to Rampart of the fort

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