One of the most beautiful historical structures in Palakkad today, is undoubtedly the Tipus’s Fort. The grandeur of this impressive structure which was built about two and a half centuries ago is something to be experienced!
I have always been enchanted by the life of Tipu Sultan. An Amar Chithra katha that I read in my childhood about the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ certainly left an indelible impression in my mind… and later on his biography too; But then I could connect with him even more due to the fact that I live in a small town that boasts of an amazing Fort in his name… complete with a moat!
One of the most beautiful historical structures in Palakkad today, is undoubtedly the Tipus’s Fort. The grandeur of this impressive structure which was built about two and a half centuries ago (1766 AD) is something to be experienced! Although known as the Fort of Tipu Sultan, it was built by his father, Hyder Ali, who was invited by the Palakkad Achan (independent ruler of Palakkad) to help him against the Zamorin’s invasion. Subsequently, this fort was constructed, and in due course, fell into the hands of the British forces.
As children, an uncle once mentioned the existence of a secret underground path which lead straight to Mysore. This was used in times of war as a secret passageway, it seems. I still am not sure if it was just something cooked up to incite our excited minds or whether something like that really existed!
Today, this impressive structure is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Palakkad, and a favourite haunt of morning and evening walkers. The presence of the famous Anjaneya Temple inside the fort attracts a lot of devotees from far and wide. After enduring years of neglect, the fort and its vicinities have been given a facelift by the Archeological Survey of India, which is responsible for its maintenance, a job they seem to have taken up seriously.
As for me, I really enjoy my customary evening walk around this magnificent fort and the few minutes I spend there simply gazing upon the impressive architecture. I enjoy the view of the sun setting in the faraway Western horizon, the call of the various birds which are nesting in the thick foliage of the huge trees that surround the fort, and the ripple caused by the gentle breeze in the waters of the moat on which the moorhen swims head held high. I love the way in which elderly folk sit on steps and platforms near the entrance talking animatedly to friends, the newlyweds who proudly walk around with intertwined fingers, the fragrance of the fresh jasmine flowers sold by a vendor in a cycle, the aroma of roasted peanuts that are being sold just outside the gate, the green and peaceful surroundings and the whole lot of positive energy that I experience in this beautiful place…