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Dindigul Fort, Dindigul

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The Dindigul Fort or Dindigul Malai Kottai is a 17th-century hill fort, built by Madurai Nayak situated in the town of Dindigul in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fort was built by the Madurai Nayak king Muthu Krishnappa Nayak in 1605. In the 18th century the fort passed on to Kingdom of Mysore (Mysore Wodeyars). During the reign of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan the fort was of strategic importance. In 1799 it went to the control of the British East India Company during the Polygar Wars. There is an abandoned temple on its peak apart from few cannons sealed with balls inside. In modern times, the fort is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is open to tourists.EtymologyDindigul city derives its name from a portmanteau of Thindu a Tamil word which means a ledge or a headrest attached to ground and kal another Tamil word which means Rock. Appar, the Saiva poet visited the city and noted it in his works in Tevaram. Dindigul finds mention in the book Padmagiri Nadhar Thenral Vidu thudhu written by the poet Palupatai sokkanathar as Padmagiri. This was later stated by U. V. Swaminatha Iyer (1855-1942) in his foreword to the above book. He also mentions that Dindigul was originally called Dindeecharam.
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  • A must see historical site.The fort was strategically located at the Cross roads of chola and pandiya kingdoms.It was built by the Madurai Nayakas and later captured by Mysore kingdom and...  more »
  • The malakottai (rock fort) of Dindigul is a 68 acre expanse of granite which has history oozing from every pore. The fort was used by Tipu Sultan and the ramparts and barracks are mostly intact...  more »
  • It was built during the British period. Very attractive in the top. Can see whole village from the top. But maintenance by government is little bad.
  • Nice place to visit at evening. Trekking kind of experience climbing the rocky mountain. the historical remains of a temple and jail, bathing area, cannons used at wartimes can be seen. Place is well maintained
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