The Dindigul Fort is a 17th-century hill fort situated in the town of Dindigul in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The fort was built by the Madurai Nayak kings in 1605. There is an abandoned temple on its peak apart from few cannons. Today the fort is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is open to tourists.
Approaching from Madurai (65 km), the huge rock emerges on the horizon like a "Dhindu" (pillow) - hence the city's name, Dindigul. Amidst paddy fields and coconut groves, it stands out like a welcome symbol, one kilometer short of the city centre. Under the Mysore reign in the 18th century, this fort marked the border between the Madurai and Mysore kingdoms. Visitors can walk around the tunnels and trenches en route that reveal how meticulously the ancient fort was constructed to safeguard its inhabitants. The empty temple has some elaborate sculptures and carvings, with the rock cuts still looking untarnished.
From the ruins within the fort walls, one can see structures (perhaps used as arsenal depots or animal stables) and damaged mandapams (decorated with carved stone columns, complete with dwarapalakas). One can go up to the cannon point and look through the spy holes imagining the sound, light and speed of the fireballs that were released. The view from the fort also offers a breathtaking view of Dindigul on the eastern side and villages and farmland on the other sides.