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Padmanabhapuram Palace Famous Forts and Palaces in Tamil Nadu Chettinad Palace Vellore Fort:

Tamil Nadu is decorated with many amazing forts that date back to the ancient period. In all, these forts and palaces where established in the 17th to 18th century. British had established their 1st fort in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also, many other forts found in Tamil Nadu have been constructed by them in that particular period.


Famous Forts and Palaces in Tamil Nadu Are:


Fort St. George

Fort St. George
It is one of the 1st forts that were established in 1639 by the British who had ruled in India. The fort was lucky to witness few famous wars that took place during the 18th century. Today, this fort is well known as the administrative office of the legislative assembly that belongs to Tamil Nadu. The major attraction that is found in the fort is St. Mary Church, museum, the Wellesley House and the canons by the great ruler of 18th century.


Uday Giri Fort
The fort is located in the part of the Kanyakumari. Uday Giri was constructed by the Travancore rulers during the 17th century. The main attraction of this fort that attracts this is tombs that belong to Dutch admiral De Lennoy and also a beautiful chapel that is constructed in his memory.


Vellore Fort
Formerly the headquarters of the Vijaynagar Empire is a large 16th-century fort in Vellore.  The fort houses a temple, mosque and church, along with several other buildings. This fort has one of the best military architectures in Southern India. The fort is also known for its ramparts, moat and masonry. Sri Jalakandeswarar Temple which lies within the fort is known for its sculptures.


Chettinad Palace
This famous Chettinad mansion is also known as the Raja’s Palace and was constructed by S.A.Rm. Ramaswamy Chettiar. Che
ttinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, and is well known for its houses, embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and for its 18th century mansions. Local legend has it that their walls used to be polished with a paste made out of egg whites to give a smooth texture.


Padmanabhapuram Palace
A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, the place lies at Kanyakumari. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which form a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby.  The Padmanabhapuram palace was the ancient capital of the Travancore kings  This is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, colored mica windows, secret underground passages leading to a palace 2 km away in case of an invasion, a dining hall, inner courtyards, durbar hall, museum, 4poster medicinal bed, Belgian mirror, granite dance halls and special black shiny floors which are made from a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand.


Uday Giri Fort

The Palace
Is a magnificent palace surrounded with huge fort walls, dating back to 14th century partly built by Nayaks and the Marathas. It is a grand pile of fascinating building with huge corridors, spacious halls decorated rooms, tall observation towers, beautiful stucco works, wonderful fresco painted walls and ceilings beautiful stucco works; wonderfully painted walls and ceilings underground tunnels, intricate carvings and royal family's sacred Chandra Mauleeshwarar Temple are all worth seeing.


How to Reach


By Air

Tamil Nadu has an International Airport near Chennai, which serves as the most convenient entry point.


By Rail

The main Railway Station is in Chennai. Many important trains connect Chennai to other major Railway Stations in the country.


By Road

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses run throughout the state and connect it to the neighboring cities and states.

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