A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manora Fort has been built as an eight-storeyed hexagonal tower, about 23 m high. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this unique structure derives its name from the Hindi word minar, meaning minaret. Legend has it that the tower had actually been built in honour of Britain's victory over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in 1815. The tower is guarded by a moat and is an extremely fine example of the Chola architecture. Thanks to the cool sea breeze, coconut groves and sailing boats surrounding it, Manora doubles as a very beautiful picnic spot for visitors. Manora Fort was built by the Maratha ruler, Serfoji II in 1814-15, and was the summer palace of the kings. Sometimes, the fort was also used as a lighthouse.

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