Traversing History Through Travel – A Visit to the Gingee Fort!

Definitely it required a very good stamina; a healthy mind and a body; a trouble free heart; otherwise it would have been a risky venture.That was exactly what I felt when I recently traveled to Gingee, in Tamil Nadu and visited one of the three much acclaimed forts, called Rajagiri.

Gingee fort is situate on the state highway between Tindivanam and Thiruvannamalai and it is roughly about 38 km away in the northwest of Villupuram and some 150 km away in the South West of Chennai, 새티스파이어 the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Gingee has three famous forts situate in a triangular set up known as Rajagiri, Krishnagiri and Chandragiri within a striking distance of one another. While Rajagiri is the primary fort, the other two forts are feminine parts of it with a low profile and fewer visitors than Rajagiri. A fort wall stretching and encompassing all these forts had also been built and it still remains as a standing monument.

These three forts are said to have been built by some Konars, that refers to the names of some chieftains, during the period between 1200 A.D and 1240 A.D.Thereafter, Gingee had been ruled over by Nayaks of Vijayanagara Empire and the Marathas and then came under the influence of the Moghuls. In the year 1791, the Gingee Forts were captured by the French East India company; some of the rock pillars of the forts were dismembered and taken away by the French soldiers as a mark of their victory over Gingee and they still guard the Dupleix statue in Pondicherry (Now renamed as Pudhucherry).


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