St. Angelos Fort, Kannur

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Burnacherry, Kannur- 670013, Kerala, India
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4712321132
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Garden, River, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site , Fort
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About St. Angelos Fort, Kannur

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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  • A sea facing fort build by the Portugese. Nice place to visit, preferably during the evening's. You can get great views of the sunset on the Arabian sea.Relax over the sea side stone walls. Has a lot of history and definitely can learn a lot. Has little bit of walking and climbing to do and is worth it. The underground cell is a great piece of building architecture. The cannon surrounding the fort is an amazing experience to know how the fort was used. Great place for photography. Good view of the sea and rocks and sun. The parking charge is 20 and is reasonable.. The extra entry fee of 20 collected for vehicles is a looting mechanism,which should be removed.

  • Best place for hangout. Suitable for families, groups, couples etc. Situated near the sea. Recommended to visit in evening. Large paid parking area available. Paid toilet facilities avail. There will be security guards and police on duty. Well maintained but seating facilities are less.

  • It's worth a visit to go here, old cannons and all those historic stuffs are maintained as it is. The main drawback is the parking facility. The officials are charging 20₹ as parking fee, but no safety and also vehicles are not parked in a proper way. Before entering the premises , the officials charge you another 20₹ as entry charge based on the type of vehicle . So in a nutshell you have to pay 40₹, if you are coming by car. Also, the premises inside the fort is not clean. People come put the garbage and go, dust bins in certain points will be helpful.

  • This mid-sized, sea fort is a piece of Kerala history. The view is the highlight as the fort looks out to the Arabian Sea. A fair bit of walking around is needed. There are a few spots where you can climb up the fort walls and take in the breathtaking view. However, the fort can do with a lot more inscriptions as one feels lost just roaming around & not understanding the different parts of the fort. There is a nominal entry fee. Parking is available.

  • This fort only have historical significance. Nothing great inside. The premise is not kept well. There is an old light and sound show set up lying unused. The fort will close by 6 pm. There are two fee for vehicles. Entey fee on the way to fort after the contonment area (rs. 20) and one for parking (rs. 20)

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