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This fort was planned & built by the Pepper Queen to stash away all the gold that she earned by bartering spices. It is believed that she was more of a powerful trader than a queen in real sense, and she used to mobilize about 500 bullock cartloads of pepper to be shipped out from Gerusoppa in season. She even practiced futures trading by accepting payments in advance for the succeeding year's crop. People here insist that she had charted out a secret route for her men to reach the gold from Gerusoppa to Kaanooru Kote. They point to some specific locations en route to prove the same. We could also find a few small openings on the fort walls, that could well have been secret entry points. In any case, the strategic location of this fort at such an elevated place deep inside the forest should tell us that she had amassed tremendous wealth.



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