Kannur Fort

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St. Angelo’s Fort (also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta), is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from the town of Kannur.

St. Angelo's Fort was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India and is on the Arabian sea about 3 km from Kannur town. It was attacked in vain by the local Indian ruler in the Siege of Cannanore (1507).

On August 1509 Almeida, refusing to recognize Afonso de Albuquerque's as the new portuguese governor to supersede himself, arrested him in this fortress after having fought the naval Battle of Diu. Afonso de Albuquerque was released after three months' confinement, and become governor on the arrival of the grand-marshal of Portugal with a large fleet, in October 1509.

The fort changed hands several times. In 1663 the Dutch captured it and sold it to the Arakkal Royal Family in 1772. The British conquered it in 1790 and transformed it into one of their major military stations on the Malabar Coast.

It is fairly well preserved as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. A painting of this fort and the fishing ferry behind it can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

From various points on this fort that is currently being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, one can get picturesque views of the Kerala coast. Standing on a high-rise, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the fort paints a perfect picture, especially during sunset. Kannur fort also remains a brilliant specimen of ancient Portuguese architecture.

 The fort is in Cannanore cantonment area. St Angelo's fort is a most important historical monument and a good tourist centre. Here Kerala Police have posted 6 Tourism Policemen for the protection and guidance to the tourists. Among them one Policeman Sathyan Edakkad has detailed knowledge about this fort and the surrounding places. He wrote and published a book in Malayalam language named Vasco da Gamayum Charitrathile Kaanapurangalum (Vasco da Gama and the unseen pages of history). In this book, he describes the past and present situation of the fort.

The Moppila Bay Harbor and Arakkal Mosque are near the fort. The fort is now renovated and well-maintained under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India.

From the fort one can have a fascinating view of the Moppila Bay and Dharmadom Island. The Mopilla Bay is a natural fishing bay. The sea wall projecting from the fort that separates the rough sea and inland water looks amazing. The fort which faces the Arabian Sea also offers a mesmerizing view of the Sea during sunrise and sunset.

Visiting Time : Tourists are allowed entry to the fort every day of the week between 8 AM to 6 PM.

How to reach:

Nearest Bus Station : Kannur bus station is nearest to reach Kannur Fort.

Nearest Railway Station : Kannur is the nearest railhead, about 3 kms.

Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode ( about 95  kms).


Nearest Destinations
Arakkal Museum
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
Muzhappilangad Beach
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park
Pythal Mala/Vaithal Mala
Thalassery Fort


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