The Gudibande fort is 2 kms ahead of the lake, standing tall on a hilltop. Inspired by the architecture of Madhugiri fort, this multi level fort was built by local chieftain and Robin Hood, Byre Gowda, 400 years ago. To reach the fort, one has to climb, what may at first seem, a never ending flight of stairs. We started our climb in the afternoon sun, a tribe of goats giving us company. The stairs had sudden turns, areas of shade with large boulders strategically placed and a breathtaking view of the Gudibanda village. Midway, we were stopped by a couple returning from the top, who informed us that the fort was closed. Although we wanted to go ahead and check for ourselves, the scorching sun got the better of us. We headed back to our car and drove off to Lepakshi.