The next stop of ours is chitra durga fort. We reached Chitra durga by 2:45 and we break for lunch at Hotel Mayura Durga by KSTDC which is a beautiful place to stay and the food is also awesome. As the weather is extremely hot we spent time leisurely till 4PM and then we moved to visit chitra durga at 4PM. The entrance costs Rs.25. The fort reminded one of the heroic and various deeds of the Nayaka rulers was conquered by Hyder Ali in 1799 AD. The fort has a total of 19 main gates, 35 smaller entrances and 35 secret inlets, and among the last named one reminds the heroism of Obavva.
Make your way through history at Chitradurga Fort
Chitradurga is famous for the historical Chitradurga fort which is really humongous and offers a great deal of knowledge about the different dynastic rulers(Though I didn't focus much on that part:P). Entry Fee: Rs 25 per person.Fortunately, we also got an opportunity to have a glimpse of the Monkey Man of India. He was climbing the huge walls within seconds and without any support.One thing I would specifically mention is to beware of the monkeys there as they are very mischievous(Few incidents happened which made me to write this:D). Below is one of the snapshot:
Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District, Karnataka, India. The fort's name Chitrakaldurga, which means 'picturesque fort' in Kannada, is the namesake of the town Chitradurga and its administrative district.The fort was built in stages between the 17th and 18th centuries by the dynastic rulers of the region, including the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and Hoysalas as well as the Nayakas of Chitradurga, feudal lords in the Vijayanagar Empire. The Nayakas of Chitradurga, or Palegar Nayakas, were most responsible for the expansion of the fort between the 15th and 18th centuries. They were defeated by Hyder Ali at Chitradurga in 1779. Later the fort was expanded and strengthened by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan,who succeeded Madakari Nayaka V, the last ruler of the Nayaka clan. The fort is built in a series of seven concentric fortification walls with various passages, a citadel, masjid, warehouses for grains and oil, water reservoirs and ancient temples. There are 18 temples in the upper fort and one huge temple in the lower fort. Among these temples the oldest and most interesting is the Hidimbeshwara temple. The masjid was an addition during Hyder Ali’s rule. The fort's many interconnecting tanks were used to harvest rainwater, and the fort was said to never suffer from a water shortage.Distance: 209km