Travel – Kavaledurga – Karnataka

Kavaledurga fort is a 9th century built fort located at 18 km from a place called “Theerthahalli” in Karnataka State(India). It’s built on such a terrain, it must be very difficult to pose any threat to the security of the fort. Having said that, in the modern times its hiker’s paradise! The reward is worth the effort. Magnificent view of Varahi River, Western Ghats and the splendid panorama of the natural beauty of the region.

The fort changed hands between many rules, right from Nayakas, Keladi, Vijayanagara,  Hyder Ali, Tippu Sultan and to Wodeyars of Mysore. So a lot of things must have happened around the fort and most of the history may be lost already. Fort has fortification of seven layers which was done throughout the centuries as a part of the strengthening process.

It has been some time since I did some serious fort climbing, so this was long awaited activity. So we took the challenge finally. (Here are posts about Golkunda Fort and Chitradurga Fort in case you are interested)

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As soon as you embark on the hike, you walk through the open fields and greeted by the four-legged residents here. They were friendly though.
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My daughter always visualizes the princess walking through those main gates! So, she is always ahead of us!
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Since I had read a lot of reviews about this Fort access being very physically demanding, at this point actually I was thinking… “well, this is not that bad… ” (note the fingers still crossed!)
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Entry to the fort and there is a guard room attached so that visitors could cross through the guard room instead of the main entrance in olden times. I believe that the main entry was kept always closed and the normal entry and exits managed through the guard rooms (on the right)
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At this point, I see light at the end of the tunnel…just couple more to go…
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Now, you are inside the fort. Finally!!
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The Shrikanteshwara Viswanatha Temple inside the fort. A lot of carving work on the walls as usual with any temples in this part of the country.
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Another view of the temple.

It took about 30 minutes of somewhat leisure walk to reach here.. not bad ..huh…well, read on…. but this is the place to open up your snacks and drinks for sure!

DSC03920.jpg Now, as we were looking around, we found another place which looked like yet another temple. But it was on another hillock. So we got back on to our feets once again.

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Well, this path (???) was something very different than all other paths every I took! 😀  As you can see there is no “path”… it’s like an obstacle course set up for a video game…!! But then what the ****? kings and queens walked, why can’t us?
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Yes, we did it, we were on Lakshminarayana Temple and here is the reward! Spectacular view of the fort, western ghats of south India and also showing the temple below(our base camp!)

As we were enjoying the cool breeze and the view, we heard the people from still higher, we tried to pinpoint the location, but, it was not that easy. But then finally found a place.. much higher and looked like another temple! But it was too high… now the deliema.. go or no?

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This is what I was able to see using my 200 mm telephoto lens! Beleive me, it’s a long way up!

Now the time for serious discussion in our team, this involved health conditions, food in reserve, weather forecast…blah .. blah….blah..and finally, queen and the princess to take rest! And the men would try to conquer the fort! 😀

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As we walked up, we bumped into the ruins of the palace! Complete foundation plan still intact. It was an amazing experience to walk through room by room. Swimming pools, water reservoirs, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms clearly visible! This is one of the best-preserved palace plans I have ever seen!  Definitely needs more time to explore thoroughly. It looked like they had some lightweight roof attached to the pillars which are lost forever.
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Finally, after a walk in the jungle, crawl on the rocks our final destination in view the Shikhareshwara Temple. We could already see some winners there!

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And the view from the top, its simply spectacular, words can’t explain it and no camera does justification. I wonder how it would look during sunrise and sunset? Unfortunately, we are not allowed during those times because of the safety as its basically you are in the middle of the jungle!

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View from top to our base camp with my zoom stretched to the max of 200 mm.

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Finally back to the base camp to find my wife and daughter relaxing and it was so exhausting travel up.. but I must say it was worth the effort. If you ask me, will I do it again? “Yes” I would, but next time I would take a full day here. I want to see the fog and rain here.

Overall a very pleasant activity we did here. It took something like 3 hours for us to reach the tip and get back but be warned, it’s not just a simple walk in the park. Google maps were able to take us directly to the parking area from where we had to walk. One thing surprised me is that even in modern times we could not improve the access to such a beautiful place? Thanks to our government negligence, the fort is still very formidable.

Notes:

  • Please check the weather and make sure to be dressed properly.
  • Rainy season might give still better atmosphere but it will rain heavily in this part so things will be very slippery and muddy.
  • Take your food and beverages with you as there are shacks in the parking area and there is nothing thereafter.
  • Only people who are physically fit try this hike, avoid taking infants or young children up as place can get very windy and cold. You are totally your own.
  • Avoid climbing during noon time.
  • Visiting Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM and closed on Fridays

Nearby atractions

Hope you enjoyed the write-up, let me know what you think, I love to hear your thoughts.

BTW, Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year guys! It has been a great year here, made lots of new friends here. Hope we will all have a great sailing next year too.

So, guys, See you next year! 🙌🏻 👏🏻 🙏🏻 👍🏻 ❤️

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. MicKaylaZoe says:

    This place looks very cool. I love exploring historical sights myself. Great share!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, its like actually walking through the past! 🙂

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  2. Orange says:

    Your posts make me wonder am I even a kannadiga?
    Great post. The place is just to serene.

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    1. Raj says:

      “ಎಲ್ಲಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನೀ ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಿರು” dear Minty. You have time to visit.. just keep my blog handy! 😀

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      1. Orange says:

        Haha! Reminded me of Kannada Rajyotsava. Kannadave Satya, kannadave Nitya!
        Oh yes, your blog’ll help a lot!

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      2. Raj says:

        Just to tell, I just got back from Kuvempu’s house… so the song is fresh. I will do post on it later… btw yesterday was Kuvempu’s birthday!

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      3. Orange says:

        Yaa, google told me beautifully! Did you see the doodle?

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      4. Raj says:

        Yep, I did..then I was thinking… just two days back I was at his home.. I think I just missed some chocolates! 😛

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      5. Orange says:

        Hahaha!

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  3. prior.. says:

    such a cool place – and the carvings in the stone walls is nice to see – so durable and old – also – that path – does look like a video game maze

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    1. Raj says:

      hmmm.. thank you Prior 🙂 Yes, since I used to play lot of these computer games, everywhere I see the similar settings.. some times I just want to jump from one ridge to other! 😀

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  4. very, very and very nice

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Riffat! 🙂

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  5. Well written Raj, very informative and nice pictures too.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Wilson for your likes and the comment! 🙂

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  6. Hopyrane says:

    See you next year!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you… and have a wonderful year ahead!

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  7. raastha says:

    Interesting! Just learnt about another place!!! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you… And wishing you the same… ✌😊

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  8. Great post Raj. The views look amazing from the fort. I love visiting old ruins such as this. There are a few we have seen in Europe. Being there gives you an unexplained feeling of stepping back in time.
    Wishing you the best for the New Year and 2018. 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you, and I agree… You can see those past happening infront of your eyes.. that’s a great feeling! ✌

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  9. Rekha says:

    such a wonderful place 🙂 Now, this is one place in Karnataka that I haven’t visited, so +1 for you, 0 for me – though we are not keeping scores 😛
    Wish you all a Happy and prosperous new year 🙂

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    1. Raj says:

      Great win finally on the end of year atleast! 😂✌🙌

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  10. arv! says:

    Looks like many sections of fort are already gone. I think the climb and views totally make worth visiting!

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    1. Raj says:

      Yes Arv, considering the terrain and the limited time span, even I couldn’t explore much. But the view from the top is very special!

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      1. arv! says:

        That’s evident in your pictures, Raj!

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  11. Leya says:

    A great walk with splendid views! Happy New Year, Raj!

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Leya ❤🌷✌

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  12. loisajay says:

    Wow, Raj. Those ‘paths’ were pretty darn amazing. I think I might have joined the queen and the princess and taken a little break. 🙂 The photos are well worth it, though. Happy New Year to your and your family. 2018 is the year I really tackle your lessons! Thanks so much.

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Lois, it’s always the pleasure to be with you on the lessons and the to cover the ‘path’! Happy new year to you too!? 🌷❤✌🍻

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  13. It looks like a great place to visit! And what an amazing view! Wow … a very prosperous New Year to you too Raj 😃

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Julie…Wishing you a very happy and bright 2018.. 🙂

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  14. supriya says:

    Beautiful and alluring write n photography!!!! Tempts one to put on their shoes n take off on the hike..👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    One quick question was it a day trip or did you guys stay over there someway closer?? Can we do back n fro in one day to Mangalore

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    1. Raj says:

      Thanks Supriya for your appreciation and likes. We did stay back at Theerthahalli. Although you can do this in a day trip, start early, reach here by 9 and finish the hike by evening and get back. If you stay there then you could do another place called Kuntadri hills and Kuvenpu Home visit. I am yet to write about them, as bit busy, but stay tuned here.

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  15. Puja says:

    Ahaa! Again your pics nailed it! They are wonderful! 💓

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    1. Raj says:

      Thank you Puja.. 🙂

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      1. Puja says:

        Welcome 😁

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