Chitradurga - The city of stone forts

Chitradurga is a district in Karnataka state, which has many forts mainly buitl with stones. YOu can know the history of the fort city.

Chitradurga district mainly has rocky hills and scenic valleys , huge rock boulders in unimaginable shapes. It is also known as "stone fortress" (Kallina Kote).Chitradurga surroundings looks like a playful giants playground , with boulders thrown around, forming silhouettes against the sky. According to Mahabharatha Epic, aman-eating giant named Hidimbasura lived on the Chitradurga hill and was a source of terror to everyone around. When the Pandavas came with their mother Kunti in the course of their exile, Bhima had a fight with Hidimbasura. Hidimbasura was killed by Bhima and peace returned to the region. Legend rocks were part of the arsenal used during that duel. In fact, the blocks on which much of the city rests belong to the oldest rock formation in the country.

Timmana Nayaka, a leader in the Vijayanagar Empire, reached the rank of governor of Chitradurga as a reward for his excellence in military achievements, from the Vijayanagara rule. This was the beginning of the state of the Nayaka of Chitradurga. His son Obanna Nayaka is known Madakari Nayaka 1588 CE. Madakari Nayaka's son Kasturi Rangappa succeeded him in 1602 and consolidated the kingdom to govern in peace. As he had no heir to succeed him, his adopted son, the crown prince was enthroned but was killed a few months by Dalavayis.

Chikkanna Nayaka 1676, the brother of Madakari Nayaka II sat on the throne, and his brother succeeded him with the title Madakari Nayaka III in 1686. The refusal to accept Dalawayis domination Madakari Nayaka III gave the opportunity for one of their distant relatives, Bharamappa Nayaka to ascend the throne in 1689. It is known as the greatest of the Nayaka rulers. The subjects of Chitradurga have not lived a good rule of successive sovereigns as they ruled the throne for very brief periods. The Hiri Madakari Nayaka IV 1721, Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka II 1748, Madakari Nayaka V 1758 ruled this area but there is not much mention of their rule.

Chitradurga Fort is renowned for its kallina Kote / Ukinna Kote / Yelü suttina Kote and was built in pieces by the Nayaka Palega Veer MADAKARI. The fortress consists of a series of seven curtain walls in Kannada. Eighteen ancient temples can be found in the fortress. This seemingly impregnable fortress has 19 entries, the latest 38 entries, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entrances and water tanks.

Other interesting places you can watch in chitradurga.

Ankali Math

This ancient Ankala Math monastery is also called as Paradeshappana Guhe. A series of caves under the Kallu mantap (Sanctuary of Stone) this monastry would have served as refuge for monks and beggars .


A tour of Chitradurga district take you to the picturesque valley of Chandravalli which is in north-west of Chitradurga. Chandravalli is an archaeological site whre in ancient coins, inscriptions, ruins, stone images belonging to the Hoisala-Kadamb and Sathavahana period have been found at Huligondi, Basavanagondi, Baralagondi and other places of Chandravalli. An inscription in stone seen near the temple here Bhairaweshvara links Chandravalli the reign of Kadamba Mayura Verma.

Accomidation in Chitradurga

Below are the few hotels in Chitradurga district where you can enjoy the stay.

1. Hotel Naveen Regency

2. Nandini Deluxe Lodge

3. Hotel Veda Comforts

4. Hotel Pooja International

Map of Chitradurga District.

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