Travel – Chitradurga Fort – India

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.

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History & Heritage:

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.

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Prison!
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Hidimbeswara Temple
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Courtyard, must be very important assembly point.
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Hidimbeswara Temple
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Hidimbeswara Temple
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Rain water harvesting, they had various levels of collection points with interlinked channels.
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Groove made by horse steps!

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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.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow. Gorgeous pictures. So many ch history has happened within those walls

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes true.. thats what I felt when I visited… each stone has seen so many bloodshed there! Well thats whey its called history right? 🙂

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  2. Crazy thing is while people were living it they would never think they would be history. They were just living life.

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    1. Raj says:

      Correct… its just another day … just like today… Lucky then that their places are safe, where as most of us go unnoticed! 🙂

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  3. Rekha says:

    Obava kindi (it’s called kindi only right? ) Elli? The last time I visited Chitradurga, it was there, strewn with beer bottles and what not 🙄
    Nice pictures. Brought back memories of the times I visited. 😊 Hot summers, tired after a long journey from hampi-pattadkal and there I was, running around the fort with my camera 😂

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes… Obavva Kindi was there…. still stinky place.. Thats unfortunate that we dont have respect to our great history!
      Yes summer days it could be very bad day there! Been to Hampi and Pattadakal… I already have blog on that… check under travel.. Thank you Rekha for your comments! 🙂

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  4. Yoly says:

    Beautiful pics. I love the history you give to explain the fort. It’s amazing how old those structures are and they are still standing. Love the post 😉

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    1. Raj says:

      True … the history makes it special … I am too emotional with these things.. Yes they have seen so much of violence and taken so much of the harsh treatment still .. they stand tall! 🙂

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  5. jansenphoto says:

    That is a truly amazing site! Thank you very much for sharing this,

    Frank

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Frank for the opportunity! 😎

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  6. Knowing the history in detail makes any place interesting. And the way you described it makes me want to visit this fort. Really a good post 😊

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Pooja, I always quickly browse for basic info about the place before visit..a quick lookup in wiki is enough… That makes that visit much more valuable. 😊

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your appreciation! 🙂

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  7. Lovely photos. It looks like a wonderful place to visit

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks for appreciation… Yes it’s a great place to visit. 👍

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  8. Wow! This was incredible! I was so drawn in to these pictures! Thank you for sharing and describing each photo!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your likes and appreciation.. I think description with photos add lot of values… but sometimes its difficult to get info too considering the age of these structures… 🙂

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      1. Oh I bet! As I mentioned in my History photo response, I never used to get into history much. But, recently I’ve become fascinated by it. It’s one thing to see these amazing structures and appreciate their architectural design. But, to learn the history behind them adds so much! I’ve started researching my hikes more to understand the history of why took place at the bunkers I hike too. It really is fascinating.

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