The Kon dynasty laid the foundations for the Gingee Fort in 1190 AD. The fort was later built by the Chola dynasty in 13th century. In 1638, Gingee came under the control of Bijapur Sultanate from Vijayanagar. In 1677, it was under the control of Maratha king Shivaji. In 1690, it came under the Mughals, when it became the headquarters of Arcot. It changed hands to the French in 1750, and then to the British in 1762. During this time, many sculptural aspects of Gingee were shifted to Pondicherry by the French.
Gingee Fort is a huge complex, spread over three hills with the ruins of a palace, a temple, a mosque, a granary, an auditorium, stables and even a harem among other structures.
70 Kms to the Northwest (1h 20min drive)
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