The fort in the centre of Palakkad City was a peaceful oasis amid the urban activity.
The fort is now a public monument, and within the walls it serves as a park.
There is still a functioning prison within the fort.
Visitors enter Palakkad Fort through a twisting passage, engineered to offer advantage to the defenders. This small alcove, with an oil lamp and some branches, was set into the colossally thick wall.
In the entrance to Palakkad Fort is another alcove, this one much longer, flanked by carved stone architectural ornaments. Within the alcove is a frieze depicting two elephants, and a garland was strung between them.
People often keep this type of black plastic water tank on the roofs of their houses.