Chandragiri fort, Kasaragod
Location : Southeast of Kasaragod town on the banks of the Chandragiri river, Kasaragod district, north Kerala.
Attractions : A ruined fort, a vantage point offering a breathtaking view of the river, coconut groves and the Arabian sea.
The ruins of the massive 17th century fort sprawled on the banks of the Chandragiri river is a place of immense importance to archaeology and history students.
The fort has an eventful history to relate... A couple of centuries ago, the river Chandragiri was considered the border of two powerful kingdoms - Kolathunadu and Thulunadu. When Thulunadu was captured by the Vijayanagara Emperor, the Kolathunadu kings lost the Chandragiri region to them. It was only in the 16th century that the great empire of Vijayanagara (presently under the Karnataka State) declined. But later the Ikkeri Naikkars or the Bedanoor Naiks took over the reins of Chandragiri as an independent region. Thus the Chandragiri Fort was built by Sivappa Naik for the defence of his kingdom. The fort changed hands over the years to Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British East India Company. Today it is a protected monument under the State Archaeology Department. The Chandragiri region was rejoined to the State of Kerala through the State Reorganisation Act, 1956, Government of India.
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, about 4 km away.
Nearest airports: Mangalore in neighbouring State of Karnataka, about 50 km from Kasargod town; Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode , about 200