Chitradurga is a fairly well known destination, specifically for the famous fort. The fort itself is a photographer's delight and offers plenty of opportunities to make good images. On a visit earlier this year, we explored some of the fort's areas in the early morning hours. Having reached the fort by 6:00am, we found only local people on their early morning walking/exercise/socializing routine. Being more interested in landscapes, we had put in some time researching the fort's areas on Google map and naturally gravitated towards a body of water inside the fort called as " Thuppada koLa" - this translates to "pond of ghee". On reaching the spot, we found a few enterprising locals, who were swimming in the pond - looking at the paraphernalia of the photography gear we were brandishing, they took it upon themselves to not let us go just having visited only the very common areas . They enlightened us about other nearby places which are less touristy and better - Jogimatti and Chandravalli. We made a mental note to ourselves about these places for a later visit. The visit to Chandravalli materialized last week, during the long weekend for Deepavali and Karnataka Rajyotsava.
Before we get ahead to Chandravalli, here are the views from the top of hillock adjoining the pond in the Chitradurga fort. I've missed posting these on my blog earlier, so clubbing them here. I'm skipping a whole lot of other images of common structures in the Chitradurga fort.
I would not have got these images:
- Had we not come across the said group of locals, mentioned above.
- Had the locals not seen us with photography gear and volunteered to take us to the top of this hill where, "the view is awesome", they said - in fact they coaxed us.
- If one of us didn't get tempted and started the climb, which in turn, tempted me too.
- Had I not got rid of my sandals and made the climb barefoot - no way, I'd have been able to climb this steep stone monolith with mere sandals, that too when there was a slight drizzle, which was making the surface slippery.
Overall, I am glad I did the climb. The top offered panoramic views on all sides.