"Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life." - Michael Palin
It was start of 2019 and the travel bug couldn't wait to start its exploration. I wanted explore some new places in and around Bangalore. So as usual, I asked Google, but the results shown were all more or less the same places either which I had already been or required more planning.
Some of the less known places which I came across were Avalbetta, Chota Ladakh etc., but the feel to visit them was not strong enough until Gundibande flashed infront of my eyes. It was a sunset spot, perfect!-- which means it's a good news for my friends who are not so early birds. So that's it, Gudibande Fort it was!
Some History: Located in Chickballapur, the fort was built by Byre Gowda (local chieftan, also known as Robinhood of those times) some 400 odd years ago in 17th Century. It's been said it is a concise replica of Madhugiri Fort. One can find different escape route in en-route and on top is a Shiva temple, which is believed as one of the 108 Jyotirlingas! source: Wikipedia.
Let's start! It was a Sunday and we were all excited about our trek. Since the plan was for sunset, we started at 1:30PM from Sahakaranagar (relatively near to Chickballapur). Maps showed 1hr 30min journey. We stopped to grab our lunch at McDonald's in Airport road and photo-shoot in some village roads. As we drove, we came across a town called Peresandra and guess what it's famous for?! Chaklis!! and people are actually selling this in small covers. DO NOT MISS THEM! They are fresh, crisp and delicious.