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Stories from the Seashore : Vattakotai, Tamil Nadu
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A hidden fort.
While looking for some hidden gems from Kanyakumari, I stumbled upon this tiny town of Vattakotai Fort. It surprised me more than expected, the best part being the end! Come with me on this journey!👉
Best way is to drive
Visit around 4 or 5 PM
Located about 7km from the main town of Kanyakumari, the town of Vattakotai was mainly known as the guarding town on the seashore. The fort of Vattakotai is surprisingly well maintained & very lovely.
Surrounded by the Western Ghats
What is special about this fort on the shore? Well, for starters, it has been around since the kings of Travancore ruling from nearby Thiruvananthapuram to time around 1st war of Indian independence!
Sweet water pond in the fort!
So, the Dutch and then their successors relentlessly tried to take hold of this fort throughout history. The only reason being it's ultimate location. No, I mean not its beautiful surrounding!
Located close to the southern tip of India and not far off from Lanka or Ceylon as it was previously known, the foreign invaders saw its location as perfect for their colonization activities in sea.
Stones that guard
After witnessing the change of powers, wars and calamities, this magnificent fort moved to oblivion over a period of time - thanks to the lush ghats that surround the fort.
A birdview of the fort's premises
Most of the area is now preserved as well as protected making it a pleasant place for a getaway from the coastal city of Kanyakumari.
View of Vattakotai beach
A view of the fort of Vattakotai overlooking the beach. As you can see, this beach is a hidden treasure on the other side of the wall, totally unspoilt and pristine!
The upper section of the fort that used to lead to the watch towers are missing. These acted as the guard stations for recognizing any invasion by other colonizers or occasional pirates that passed.
Whether it's the sea or the land, wars only end in loss, for even the conquerors also lose a part of themselves in the death of their kin - This is what came to my mind as I glanced around here.
India in front of me! Well, technically speaking, the gorgeous untouched beach of Vattakotai on the extreme side of the coast has the huge sea turning into ocean on one side & the Indian mainland.
Can you see the hazy mountains in the backdrop? Those are the western ghats that end their run at the shore as the rivers gather to meet seas as well. It is visually stunning and too stimulating!
As the blue of the ocean changes its shades as the land ends on one end and begins at another thousands of miles away, the sea creatures move freely not knowing what borders mean, or why humans need.
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