Excavations at Tippu Fort in Kozhikode to unveil a glorious history


Tippu Fort | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Feroke: The third phase of excavations will start in the Tippu Fort at Feroke, which is a protected monument on a hilltop near the Chaliyar river. Valuable historical remnants were recovered during the first two phases of the excavations.

The fort and the related area have been spread across 7.74 acres of land here. The underground room and the small windows carved on its top to behold the outside views intrigue the visitors. Signs of a stone pavement with six-metre width could be seen as originating from this room. The rampart of the fort is located near this pavement. In the ancient period, the soldiers used to surveil the Arabian sea in the West, Chaliyar in the South and Kadalundi river in the East from the rampart, say reports.

The huge well in the Northwestern part of the fort, and the bungalow constructed by the British on the southern side of the fort are other sights which fascinate the visitors.

Earlier, the Archeological Department had unearthed ancient coins, Chinese and British vessels, and clay moulds from the site in the previous excavations. Dutch manufactured VOC coins and a pillar with carvings also recovered during a search carried out after pumping out water from the well. The excavators received evidence of an armoury located in the western region of the fort.

Once a private property, the fort and the nearby land were acquired by the government and declared the fort as a protected memorial in November 1991.

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