Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort

A mispronunciation, a gift consisting of coconut trees and three opposing colonial powers, make for a riveting history lesson. These and much more are part of the colourful history of Anchuthengu. Locals say the place got its name because of the five coconut trees that were originally on it when the property was gifted to the British by the Queen of Attingal. The British couldn't say the name the way local vernacular dictated and ending up calling it Anjengo, a name that would stick for a long time. For centuries, the Portuguese and the Dutch would attempt to conquer this important coastal point and make it a virtual battlefield. Today, the ancient fort here is a symbol of its turbulent past.

The history books consider this the oldest settlement of the East India Company in India. They got permission to build a fort in 1690 and the Anjengo Fort was built in 1695. It became an important focal point for trade and communication for them. This was also the site of the first rebellion against the British in the country. Locals would invade the Fort in 1721 and additional forces needed to be called in to quell the rebellion. Today this coastal town attracts picnickers for its quaint setting and a view of the confluence of the backwaters and the sea.


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