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Vattakottai Fort Kanyakumari
Vattakottai Fort, a Circular Fort is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari. constructed in the 18th century as a coastal defence fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the Dutch East India Company, who served as the commander of the Travancore Army.
The fort is made of granite blocks and today, a part of the fort extends into the sea. It is a protected site under the Indian Archaeological Department. After a major renovation by the department, site is opened to tourists.
Vattakottai Fort facilitates a picturesque view of both the sea on the one side and the hills on the other. The beach near the fort is rich with black sands.