Sankagiri Fort is a historical fort located at a distance of 38 km from the town of Salem. Maintained by the Archeological Survey of India, this is a popular tourist attraction. The fort gets its name from the town around it which is known as Sankari or Sankagiri.
The fort was built in the 15th Century as part of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. There are 14 walls that were built on and around a hill. The fort has a death well, granary, two oil godowns, one explosives godown, two masjids, two temples, former British Army administrative buildings, and cemeteries formerly used by armies that were stationed at the fort. The fort was used by Tipu Sultan and later by the British as a military base. It is an important historical place. The view from the hilltop is spectacular.