Sankagiri, located in Salem district, is about 68 km from Yercaud. It is home to a magnanimous fort, which is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Built in the 15th century by the Vijayanagar rulers, the fort served as a British tax storage facility and was once an important military base for Tipu Sultan, the legendary ruler of the kingdom of Mysore. Only one side of the hill on which the fort is situated is scalable as the others are too steep to climb. Sankagiri Fort has two temples, two mosques, a well, a granary and administrative buildings constructed during British rule. Noted Tamil chieftain and freedom fighter Dheeran Chinnamalai, who bravely fought against the British East India company was hanged here on July 31, 1805, during the Indian Independence movement. Dheeran was the son of Rathina Sakarai, who was the adopted son of Kotravel Kaminda Mandradiyar, a chieftain of the Kongu region.

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