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Thalassery Fort, Thalassery

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Tellicherry Fort is in Thalassery (Tellicherry) a town in Kannur District of Kerala state in south India. Tellicherry was one of the most important European trading centers of Kerala. The Fort lies on the group of low wooden hill running down to sea and protected by natural waters. It has been the main opening for the rich spices, hill products and timber of the vast inter-land.
The French came first to Tellicherry for trading, they got a strong grip at Mahé, Puducherry, 5 km south of Tellicherry town. Towards end of the 17th century the British opened a factory north of Tellicherry. Later they obtained a site from Vadakkelamkur, the de facto ruler of Kolathunad and established a factory at Tellicherry in 1708. But the Udayamangalam branch of Kolathiri family and Korangoth Nair, the local chieftain resented this action and they attacked and caused serious damage to English property. In order to safe guard their trade activities with the support of the Kolathiri Raja they build a fort around the out laying hills of Tellicherry. The French occupation of Mahé, Puducherry in 1725 compelled the British Company to sthrengthen the fortification to establish a stronghold on the Malabar Coast. In 1736, the British took the possession of Dharmadam Island. The British sustained strong military establishment at Tellicherry, from 1776 to 1784.
In 1781 Hyder Ali, ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, was unsuccessful in capturing the Fort in his campaign to control Malabar. His successor, Tipu Sultan, was forced to cede Malabar District to the British in 1792, at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Maratha War.
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  • We spent a pleasant 20-30 minutes here before visiting the fish market. The fort is free but there’s only one sign in English and half of it has worn away. Worth a stop if you’re in town but wouldn’t....  more »
  • Place is the reminiscence of British rule, Tipu's invasion and history of Kerala... The place could be maintained well by protecting the artifacts.  more »
  • Such a beautiful place. Built by the french about 150 years ago. Must visit place for people interested in history. The fort is under the control of archaeological survey of India (ASI). Best time to visit will be evening for those who love watching sunset... 👍👌✌️Entry here is free.
  • I love this place.It is very close to thalassery government hospital. No need to take any tickets to enter. Atmosphere is calm and quiet.More people in weekend days. A best place to hang out with friends and family.unlike kannur fort there is no shops inside this fort. Better carry your drinks yourself.

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