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)
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!
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.
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?
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! 😀
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!
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.
- 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
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! 🙌🏻 👏🏻 🙏🏻 👍🏻 ❤️