Dindigul Malai Kottai, Dindigul
Dindigul Fort : -
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 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. In modern times, the fort is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is open to tourists.
Dindigul Fort Dindigul, headquarters of the district, is in the middle of an extensive plain of red soil surrounded by hills: on the east by Aiyalur and Karandamalai hills, on the south by the Sirumalai and on the west by the lower Palanihills. The nomenclature of the word ‘Dindigul’ is derived from the great isolated rock 380 metres above the sea level. The wedge-shaped rock, situated at the western flank of the town, is called ‘Dindu-Kal’ meaning “pillow rock’ from its resemblance to a pillow.