Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshpur

Manjarabad Fort

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About Manjarabad Fort

Manjarabad Fort was constructed by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location. The fort served this use because it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpur from the coast. Situated on a hillock, the fort is on one level, unlike other forts, which are multi-level.

Only source of water in the fort are cross-shaped pits with steps leading into them. The fort is located just outside Sakleshpur on National Highway (NH) 48. Work on the fort commenced in 1785, and ended in 1792. The star shaped fort was also used to store the ammunitions, during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Its strategic location enables soldiers in the fort to see the British army coming from Mangalore.
From the fort, tourists can get an aerial view of the Western Ghats. Out of the many chambers in the fort, some were used to house the horses. Certain chambers served the soldiers as kitchen and bathroom. A tunnel in the fort leads to Srirangapatna. Later, the tunnel was used to dump dead bodies. The fort has Islamic style of architecture and arched entrance-ways. The forts sits at an elevation of 3,240 ft above sea level.

What travellers are saying about Manjarabad Fort

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  • Average 4
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Camera/Video allowed
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12 traveller reviews for Manjarabad Fort

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The pumpkin  Girl

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  • The pumpkin Girl
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 23 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  8549 readers

"Star shaped summer fort"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
I have passed this route and number of times as it's on tge way to my hometown and it's only a year ago I decided to visit this fort. I have heard the it is really majestic during sunrise and sunset, however did not get a chance to visit it during then. As it's timings is 8:00 to 18:00. However you can stand outside the gate and still enjoy the view. It is a very small fort and it is built in star shape. I guess only a drone camera can capture the star shape. It was built as the watch post and from here you get the 360 degree view of tge western ghats. It is around 10 kms from Sakleshpur town on the way to Mangalore. There is a board but sometimes it might not be seen. There are many tea stalls which will be you marker to stop your vehicle. You have to park your vehicle down and walk up around 250 and you will find stairs to climb up to the fort. May be around 200 steps. Approach road is really dirty with feces everywhere so watch your steps.
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Brahamanapalle Murthy

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  • Brahamanapalle Murthy
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 7 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  14576 readers

"Good location of Manjarabad Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 19, 2016
The Fort was worth visiting. Only one problem, there is no toilet facility at this place causing embarrassment especially to women. Karnataka Tourism to take action to install bio toilets.
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  • Peter
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  14466 readers


  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2016
Let our fellow countrymen know that there's a relic nearby and you can be sure that they will go there by the hordes. They will go, they will leave their mark and how Morons.

An otherwise nice location is destroyed by visitors and the lack of maintenance by any authorities. It still offers a great view of the Shiradi Ghats and Sakleshpur but it is crying for some attention and cleaning.
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Archit Sharma

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  • Archit Sharma
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  13164 readers

"A Hidden Fort"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2015
It's hidden away from the road, not a difficult climb like most of the forts. It was all green as we travelled after Monsoon. Great view of the Western Ghats, it was soothing to eyes.
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Kavya kashyap

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  • Kavya kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Nice photography place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
The place is good and is a nice place for photography. The place needs to be cleaned up as there is lot of plastic thrown all around. The valleys around are just breath taking and is just so windy that you feel good and nice in the entire area.
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Yogee Raghavendra

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  • Yogee Raghavendra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
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"The fort is very much worth during Monsoon"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
This place is left abandoned. There are no signboard to this place. Its just beside Bangalore - Mangalore highway after Sakleshpur town. You can only take bikes / need to walk about 500 meters from Highway and then you will find this place. There is nothing much to see during the summer but during the monsoon it would be really worth visiting to this star shaped Fort that was constructed by Tippu Sultan, the scenery will be very good.
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Sharath S

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  • Sharath S
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
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"Tippu built fort is very elegant looking"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2014
Its excellent, however maintenance required by government authority. Its on the way to Mangalore and 3 km from Sakleshpur. There is no board however you can find the many vehicles stopped there with many pity shops around.
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  • 21 votes

Prashant Rotti

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  • Prashant Rotti
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
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"Nice place to visit, carry water"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2014
Trekking for 15 Min to Spot no risk, you will not find even drinking water in Spot. Better to carry water and some snacks. If you interested in Photography, kindly visit this place.
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Ravish jangamkota

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  • Ravish jangamkota
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  14091 readers

"Nice Place But Maintained Badly."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 14, 2014
Good Place to visit, good panoramic view of the hills around the ghat. It is maintained very bad, lots of litter, and no parking slot. You need to trek up the trail and climb about 500 steps to reach the fort. But it is worth a visit.
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Neeta Mahajan

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  • Neeta Mahajan
  • 5 Reviews
  •  53 helpful votes
  •  22645 readers

"Average place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2013
Average place, not as great as suggested. Not much impressed.
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  • 21 votes

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