Tellicherry Fort



Thalassery Fort stands in Thalassery, about 22 km south of Kannur, near the Municipal cricket stadium. Stands on a rocky cliff, right on the Thalasseri beach.
Thalassery was the northernmost place in Kolathunadu. Due to this fact, the place was called "Thalakkathe" (for Northernmost or Topmost to be precise - in Malayalam language) "Cheri" (for Place) which later was abbreviated to Thalassery. Tellicherry is the anglised form of the name Thalassery.
Thalassery was a trade hub where the Chinese, Arab, Jew traders had considerable influence in the spice market before that the Greeks and Romans was in the trade. It was the European invasion that brought significant change as they enforced the trade with their military.  important political center. The fort was the military center of the British. It is believed to have a secret channel to the sea, which was used as an escape route when under attack. In 1780, Sardar Khan's Mysore army captured the fort, but in 1792, British defeated the Mysore force and imprisoned 1,200 Mysore militants, including Sardar Khan. Later, Sardar Khan committed suicide inside the fort.  
The East India Company authorities came to Thalassery in 1683 and started a godown or warehouse here. At that time, the land was ruled by the Kolathiris, and with their permission, the British built a small fort on a small hill called Tiruvellapadkunnu. In 1708, they strengthened the fort. The fort helped the British to establish a stronghold in Malabar and in 1776, the British made it their administrative centre. 
The fort, though originally established as a godown for cardamom and pepper, became a strategic centre for the military activities of the British.  It was there that Arthur Wellesley planned out his strategy to fight the great warrior, Pazhassi Raja. During the 1780s, when Hyder Ali tried to conquer Malabar, the fort witnessed more fighting and bloodshed. 
After Independence, the fort housed many government offices. Later, recognizing its historical significance, it was handed over to the Department of Archaeology, its present custodian. 
Timings: 8 am to 6pm.
How to reach
Road:Thalassery is accessible by road from Kozhikode which is 67 Kilometers.
Rail:Thalassery railway station is main station in which almost all the train stop. Kannur railway station is well linked to major towns up country as well as within the State.
Air:The nearest airport is at Karipur, Kozhikode, about 93 km south.


Tellicherry Fort, Edapally Panvel Highway (NH-17), Palissery, Thalassery, Kannur District, Kerala- 670103.
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Kannur (Cannanore) (CAN)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
Open Year
Visiting Hours
8 am to 6pm

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