(Last Updated on : 17/01/2013)
Vattakottai Fort is an 18th century fortress which is located in Kanyakumari
town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu
, India. The geographical coordinates of the fort are latitude 8.125°N and longitude 77.565°E. It was built as a coastal defence fortification under the management of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy of the Dutch East India Company
in Kingdom of Travancore. Captain De Lannoy was a former Dutch naval officer. He was appointed as the Commander of the Army of Travancore Kingdom by King Marthanda Varma
in the 18th century. Eustachius De Lannoy built the Vattakottai Fort in order to develop defence fortifications throughout the region. The structure is constructed with large blocks of granite.
At present, the fortress is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India
(ASI). As the fort is in a ruined state, thus parts of the building are being renovated by the Government of India
. Moreover, the site has been developed as a tourist destination.
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