If tourists are visiting the southern part of the country, their India holiday packages may include a visit to Fort Saint George. Walls about 6 metres high were constructed around the complex to protect the residents during attacks and sieges. The in-house Saint Mary Church, constructed from 1678 to 1680, is the earlies place of Anglican faith in the country. Among the prominent people to have been married here are Robert Clive and Elihu Yale. Another site of tourist interest in the fort is the Wellesley House. Paintings of the governors of the fortification and other high-ranking British officials are kept for display in the first floor of the museum.
Outside the buildings, travellers can see cannons used by Tipu Sultan. A 14.5-metre statue of Lord Cornwallis, with its pedestal portraying Tipu Sultan handing his sons to the colonisers, is worth seeing. Ramparts of a 150 feet high flagpole made of teakwood also attract visitors. The best site that may be included in South India tour packages is the museum inside Fort Saint George. The lobby of the three-storey museum has drawings depicting the construction and restoration of the complex. Various weapons, protective gear, bows and arrows are also housed here.
Galleries and Exhibits
One of the galleries here has uniforms of prominent British officials, bodyguards of the Governor, colours of army regiments, cushions and 64 medals awarded for bravery. Cutlery used by officers and nawabs of the Carnatic are housed in the Porcelain Gallery. Portraits and oil paintings of George III, his wife, Robert Clive and Arthur Havelock are hung in a separate section. Silverware from churches, a model of the fort and palanquins are housed in the Miscellany part. Documents preserved here comprise sketches, letters of Lord Clive and pictures depicting Indian monuments. Adorned china, clocks and coins issued by the French are also in the exhibition. A separate part shows flags, appreciation letters, coins and paintings of the native Wodeyar family. The Madras Gallery has prints with different views of the fortress, old buildings and maps. Coins introduced by the English, Danish, Portuguese and Dutch colonists are other things worth seeing.