The Sultan Battery is one of the most prominent places of interest in Mangalore. The importance of this place of the city is that it bears testimony of the historical events that have taken place at this place. The Sultan Battery of Mangalore is actually a watch tower, which is located at a place called Boloor.
The Sultan Battery watch tower, constructed in 1784 by Tipu Sultan, is situated 4 km from Mangalore city which is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Built in black stones, the tower gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all-round. Tippu Sultan constructed the Sultan Battery in Mangalore for some important contemporary political reasons. He wanted to stop the naval vessels from stepping into the River Gurpur. For this reason, he constructed the massive structure of the Sultan Battery as a barrier for the naval vessels. It was constructed from stones of churches destroyed by Tipu Sultan, during his 15-year imprisonment of the Mangalorean Catholics and the other Christians.
There is rumored to be an as-yet-undiscovered cave near this location that is the entrance to a tunnel that reaches Tippu’s fort in Srirangapatnam.
This region is located at a distance of about 6 kms from the bus stand of the city of Mangalore. Tippu Sultan, one of the greatest emperors of Indian history, is said to have put up this structure of historical importance.
The entire structure does not exist anymore, though a portion of the fort is still preserved for the tourists, so that they can get a glimpse of this historic monument. The existing portion of the Sultan Battery is called Tippu’s Well. The place where this fort stands is today completely forsaken.
The watch tower is so beautifully made that it looks almost like a small fortress. The structure is well adorned with equipments for shooting canons.