Vattakottai Fort is a seaside fort structured in the 18th century for the coastal defense from foreign intruders, during the former Travancore kingdom. The fort was constructed under the command of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy during the rule of Travancore King Marthandavarma.
Vattakottai Fort is located at the distance of 7 km form Kanyakumari and is rectangular in shape, covering an area of about three and a half acres. The fort is enclosed with walls of 25 to 26 feet high, including the parapet, 29 feet thick at the front, 18 feet at the corners and 6 feet at the rear. The fort is constructed with immense importance and strongly with granite blocks and part of it extends into the sea to protect the region from foreign intruders. The site is protected under the Indian Archaeological Department and was recently renovated. Apart from being a strong pillar of protection, it is now also a popular tourist attraction site. The black sea beach, refreshing greenery around and the clear blue water make the site a refreshing tourist destination.
The fort includes rest rooms, watchtowers and weapon rooms. The inner walls of the fort have carvings revealing the designs of the fish, which is considered as the emblem of Pandyas. It is also believed that the fort was under the rule of Pandyas in the past.
Previously, the Padmanabhapuram Palace could be clearly seen from the peak of the fort. In the past, a 1.2 m broad tunnel connected the fort with the palace, which is now closed.
The sea water close to this fort is calm and ideal for swimming. The small river flowing by the side of the fort and the green vegetation surrounding the place makes the scenery around the fort into a breathtaking one. Vattakottai Fort is also popular among the tourists for the black sand beach that is located close to the fort.
- Special Feature: The fort is in itself a special feature of this place along with its scenic surroundings.
- Connectivity: The fort is easily accessible through road from Kanyakumari as the site is just about 7 km away.
- Dressing Restrictions: There are no restrictions as such.
- Nuisance: Scenic and peaceful.
- Best Time to Visit: There is no specific season for visiting this place, thus, it can be visited throughout the year.
- Visit Timings: The site is open for the visitors on all days of the week, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
- Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours.
- Entry Fees: For adult Indian Citizens- Rs 15, kids- Rs 10 and for foreign nationals- Rs 15.
- Good For: History Buffs, Nature Lovers and Experience Seekers
- Things Not Allowed: Nothing as such.
- Activities: The site is an ideal picnic spot. A refreshing swim can also be enjoyed at this place.
- Suggestions: Make sure that you carry along with you sunshades and a bottle of drinking water, as the place gets quite warm during the noon time.