Pallipuram Fort

pallipuram-fortPallipuram fort is situated in Vypeen Island in Ernakulam district. The outpost of this building is a hexagonal shaped structure and is also called as Ayakkotta or Alikkotta. This fort was built in the year 1503 by the Portuguese and is the oldest European fort that exists in India. This fort was conquered by the Dutch in the year 1661 who then sold it to the state of Travancore in the year 1789. It is clear that this fort had witnessed numerous lords who mastered this territory. The lower floor of this fort is raised to five feet. A cellar is used to store gun powder. There is a square wall which was once a source of fresh water. An opening in the northern side leads to the cellar. The dimensions of the face of the fort are 32ft length, 34 ft height and with a thickness of 6 feet. Laterite, Chunam and wood are used for constructing this fort and the door way is made of granite. The walls are plastered with mortar.

It is an important tourist destination in Kochi which is worth mentioning. This fort has a rich cultural heritage. People from all over visit this fort to view and admire the beauty of this fort. At present it is considered as a protected monument of the Archaeological department. An important pilgrim center near to this fort is the Catholic Church at Pallipuram.

How To Reach

District Ernakulam
Near Bus Station Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand at a distance of 16kms
Near Railway Station Ernakulam railway station at a distance of 15 kms
Near Airport Cochin International airport at a distance of 40kms