Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower

Tripoto
6th Mar 2019

A glimse into the history

Photo of Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower by Traveller Hoots

Looking back into the pages of history, The Sultan Battery is a watchtower constructed by Tipu Sultan in Boloor Mangalore. Tipu Sultan was a brave ruler and well known for creative and thoughtful military expeditions. During his era, Mangalore was the chief port and was vulnerable to invasions via the Arabian Sea. So he cleverly, created this watch tower in 1784 to obstruct warships from entering the Gurupur river which was the major route for English invasion.

Staircase to the top of the watchtower

Photo of Sultan Battery, Sultan Battery Road, Urva, Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India by Traveller Hoots

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View of the backwaters from the watchtower

Photo of Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower by Traveller Hoots

I loved the rock fashion and green grass – Beautiful!

Photo of Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower by Traveller Hoots

The Sultan Battery was constructed from the stones of 23 churches destroyed by Tipu Sultan during the 15 years imprisonment and captivity of Mangalore Catholics and other Christians. It was the major dockyard and arsenal of the ruler. It was a naval station and was of great importance to the sultan as he used it to intercept enemy warships and prevent them from docking. Due to its structure, the watchtower looks like a fort with mounting places for cannons. The underground storage area under the watchtower was used to store gunpowder.

Silhouette at its best

Photo of Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower by Traveller Hoots

I assume its an entrance to the underground storage of gunpowder

Photo of Sultan Battery Mangalore – Tipu’s Watchtower by Traveller Hoots
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