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Kerala tourism Guide


St. Angelo's Fort or Kannur Fort

St. Angelo's Fort or Kannur Fort


St. Angelo's Fort/ Kannur Fort preserves brilliant history of valor, war, manliness and sacrifice. This fort is located close to Kannur which is situated in Kerala, South India. Kannur Fort came into existence way back to 1505. Dom Francisco de Almeida founded this historical fort. He was the first Portuguese Viceroy in India. Many Indian rulers tried to capture this fort. Zamorin was the ruler in India. He tried to snatch the ownership of this fort. However, his attempt was in vain. Later, Afonso de Albuquerque plotted to supersede Dom Francisco and became the second Viceroy to take care of this fort. Dom Francisco detected the ill intention of Afonso and retaliated bravely. He arrested Albuquerque and his troops at this fort to end the impasse. Battle of Diu is the most important battle in Indian history. Dom Francisco was able to resist the invasion by overpowering Afonso. In 1663, Dutch army defeated Portuguese ruler to take possession of this gigantic fort. Hollandia, Frieslandia and Zeelandia are beautiful bastions of this Kannur fort. Unfortunately, original infrastructure of this popular fort was demolished. It was reconstructed and redecorated later. Finally, Kannur fort was handed over to Ali Raja of Arakkal in the year of 1772.Sant Angeleno Fort in Kerala has become a well known spot to travelers. This monument is taken care of by the ASI/Archaeological Survey of India. International travelers visit India to see this heritage monument which provides lot of information about the lifestyle of people living in the realm of Dom Francisco de Almeida.

Nearest Places


How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    St. Angelo's Fort is only 142 Kilometres away from the Calicut International Airport(Karipur).
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Kannur(2 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Tips for the traveller

  • Visit Kannur Fort with your children to watch the architectural beauty of this monument.
  • Don’t forget to see the stored artifacts and memorabilia preserved at the archive.
  • At night after 6 pm the main gate of Kannur Fort is closed.


  • Kannur Beach.
  • Lighthouse inside the St Angeleno Fort in Kerala..
  • Army barracks within the periphery of Kannur Fort.
  • Arabian Sea surrounding the place of Kannur Fort.

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