St. Angelos Fort, Kannur

About St. Angelos Fort, Kannur

St. Angelos Fort, Kannur - Address, Phone Number

Address: Burnacherry, Kannur- 670013, Kerala, India

Phone: +91-4712321132

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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St. Angelo Fort which is also known as Kannur Fort or the Kannur Kotta is a fort in Kannur region of Kerala and faces the Arabian Sea. The fort juts out from a cliff.

This fort was built by the first Portuguese viceroy of India, Dom Francisco De Almeida in 1505. This was attacked by a local ruler named Zamorin but he could not capture it. In 1509, when Afonso De Albuquerque came as the new viceroy, Dom Francisco refused to recognize him and kept continuing his rule on India. This is how the naval battle of Diu started and later Dom Francisco lost it and thus was replaced by Afonso. Later in 1663, the Dutch captured the fort. They were the ones who renovated the fort mostly like how it is now. They built the bastions Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia. The Dutch sold this to King Ali Raja of Arakkal in 1772. Later again this fort was taken over by the British in 1790 when they captured India and used this as their major military holding in the south. This was till 1947 till our country got independence.

After independence and till now this fort stands amidst peaceful and serene surroundings with coasts and bays on all sides. This fort made of laterite soil is so strong that it has withstood the attacks of time quite well and still stands strong, except a few corrosions. It is a triangular fort and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The view from this fort on the cliff is just mind-blowing. The only people who come to the fort are the daily visitors and the rest of the times, it lies asleep amidst the cover of silence. The prison rooms still get fresh air like none of the rooms here. This was where the prisoners were locked up in the dark and given food once in a day through this same window which lets cool wind to come in from the sea.

This is a protected site by the Archeological Survey of India and they are the ones who maintain the garden and the fort as well. This is the most important attraction in the list when you visit Kannur.

St. Angelos Fort Information

  • Photography is allowed here free of cost.
  • It is better to visit the place during daytime.
  • Rs 10 per vehicle of parking.

How To reach St. Angelos Fort by Public Transport

  • The nearest railway station is Kannur Railway Station.
  • The nearest airport is Karipur International Airport.
  • The nearest bus stop is Cannanore Bus Stand.

Restaurants Near St. Angelos Fort

  • Spice Kitchen
  • Officer’s Kitchen
  • Indian Coffee House
  • Bake O Fresh
  • Parkhans Restaurant
  • Navaratna Restaurant
  • Omras Restaurant
  • Wheat House
  • SMV Restaurant
  • Jimmy George
  • Sitapani Restaurant
  • Cool Land Family Restaurant
  • Karawi Restaurant
  • Mess

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St. Angelos Fort, Kannur Reviews - Write a Review

  • Fairly large well maintained fort located by the sea. Large spaces and lots of trees around the grounds. Come here in the evening time to enjoy the cooler winds and sunset. Afternoon time the sun is really hot. Sufficient car park with a small fee charged.

  • Worth spending time with your family and friends. No entrance fee at all. Closes at 6pm. Fort is now situated in the contonement area which is remote and hence has less accessibility. There is shop inside for basic snacks and cool drinks. Good views of arabian sea from either sides. Not a big fort though as it looks in the pictures.

  • No doubt the best fort in Kerala. The fort build by portueguese has remains of the dutch redesigning majorly. Very well maintained by the archaeological department. Strategically placed facing the sea is a military brilliance.

  • Ok place for a one time visit..Mostly neat and clean..maintenance can be better though...Decent view of the sea from the fort...Also you can sit on the rocks at the beach if you visit early morning or evening when sun is not too harsh..Not too many places to sit with shade if you visit mid day time

  • Beautiful fort. It is maintained really really well. No fees being charged. Only parking fees.

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