Remains of the Fort at Palkod. [Palakoddu.]
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the remains of the fort at Palakoddu was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858 and is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views of Ryakotta and other places, in the Salem District...with descriptive notes, by J.A.C. Boswell, Esq., M.C.S.' (Madras, 1858). The accompanying text reads, 'As represented here the Fort is now a complete ruin. Every where throughout India the memory of past dynasties is passing into oblivion, and the traditions of by gone days have little interest for the people. The numerous ruins of ancient strongholds scattered throughout the land, tell their own tale of the anarchy which generally prevailed, when each chieftain held his own by force, and provided himself with a castle for defence….'. Tripe was in charge of one of the battalions of the 12th Madras Native Infantry, a regiment funded in 1824 and stationed in Madras. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take photographs for the British East India Company and the Madras Presidency which resulted in six albums, one of which was of Ryakotta.