Chitradurga Fort is a fort located in Chitradurga District, Karnataka, India. The fort’s name Chitrakaldurga, derived from Chitra = Picture, Durga = Fort. Basically a ‘picturesque fort’. 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. The fort’s many interconnecting tanks were used to harvest rainwater, and the fort was said to never suffer from a water shortage. (Now Chitradurga has a serious water scarcity) The area covered by the fort is reported to be 1,500 acres.
The fort was built in 15th century and maintained by various rulers from Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire and Nayakas of Chitradurga. Hyder Ali finally defeated Nayakas in 3rd attempt and killed the King Madakari Nayaka V and took control of the fort 1779. Later the fort was expanded and strengthened by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan. Between 1500 AD and 1800 AD, Chitradurga Fort witnessed many wars. It was during one such war that the heroics of Onake Obavva, the wife of a soldier guarding the fort, became a legendary event. After Tippu Sultan was killed by the British in 1799, and the fort belonged to Mysore Kingdom. British used the fort as military base British garrisoned their troops in the fort.
- Chikmagalur: 150kms, Babbuddengiri & Belur and Halebeed
- Bangalore: 200kms
- Mysore: 260kms
- Sravanabelgoala: 180kms
Duration: Generally one day activity with lot of walk, if you are into photography or hike adventure up the hills may be additional day is advised. The place can get very hot during summer times. Take enough drinking and eating stuff before you enter in. Very little eatables available inside.