Chitradurga Tourism

Chitradurga Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Chitradurga is a small town situated in the southern part of Karnataka and is the headquarters of the Chitradurga District. The various names with which the town is known as are Chitradurg, Chitrakaldurga, and Chittaldurg.

The name of the place is derived from Chitrakaldurga, which is an umbrella-shaped lofty hill in the region. The surroundings of Chitradurga include rock hills, valleys, and towering boulders of numerous shapes. The place is also known as the Stone Fortress or the Kallina Kote.

According to the epic Mahabharata, a man eating Rakshasa named Hidimba and his sister Hidimbi lived on the hill. When Hidamba got killed in a battle with Pandavas, Bhima, one of the Pandavas married Hidimbi, from which they had a son named Ghatotkacha. According to legend, his boulders were split apart. The major part of Chitradurga is believed to rest on these boulders which are also considered to be the oldest rock formations in the country.

The rule of Chitradurga was rewarded to a chieftain named Timmana Nayaka, under the Vijayanagara Empire, due to his excellence in military services. This was the beginning of the rule of the Nayakas of Chitradurga. After him, his son, Obana Nayaka ruled the place in 1602 but as he had no heirs, the rule went to the hands of his adopted son.

During the reign of Madakari Nayaka, the city of Chitradurga was taken over by a group of Hyder Ali. When Madakari could not resist the attack of 1799 by Hyder Ali, Hyder Ali lost the fort of Chitradurga.

The Nayaka Palyagaaras of the city were the patrons of great musicians. The writer T.R. Subba Rao also known as Ta Ra Su has researched extensively in the field and has brought to life many characters of the ancient times that lived in these forts.  

Now, the city is known for its Kallina Kote meaning Ďthe place of the stone fortí which comprises the Fort of Seven Rounds. This fort is a representative of the most daring woman of Karnataka namely Obavva. She played a significant role in the battle to restrain the rule of the city from the troops of Hyder Ali. The fort is of historic significance and comprises 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entries and water tanks.

Apart from the fort, Chitradurga is also known for its Chandravalli Caves, which is an ancient archaeological site located near a big lake. It is popular for water sports and painted pottery and coins from the Satavahana period which were excavated here. Close to the caves lies the Ankali Matt, which has huge shiva lingas under a giant stone.

Some other popular tourist attractions in and around the city includes Bruhanmutt, Aadumalleshwara, Ingaladalu, Thamatekallu, Jogimatti, Sirigere, Neerthadi, Nayakanahatti, Halurameshwar, Molakalmuru, etc.     

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Chitradurga Traveller Reviews

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Raghavendra Bhat

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"Must visit at least for the Fort"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a pity that Chitradurga lacks publicity in the tourist circuit of Karnataka. There is so much to see but very few people know about it and the Tourism Dept is doing nothing about it. You must visit this place at least for the Fort where you can easily spend a day or two. There are also other interesting places like Chandravalli Caves, Murugha Mutt and Vani Vilas Sagar Dam in the district.

Mirchi-Mandakki (Chilly Bajji and Puffed Rice) is a must-eat here as well as Davanagere Benne Dose.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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"An ancient archeological sight"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to chitradurga in November 2014. Chitradurga is the birth-place of Freedom fighter and veteran congressman and former Chief Minister of Karnataka S Nijalingappa. He hailed from Hiriyur town in Chitradurga District. Around Chitradurga, Chandravalli is an ancient archeological sight. Jogimatti is situated 10 kilometers from chitradurga and this hillock is situated at a height of 3803 feet, which is the highest in Chitradurga district. The vani vilas sagar is 32 kilometres from chitradurga town and has a storage capacity of 162 feet. This was built by the Mysore rulers across the river Vedavathi. The chitradurga fort is a must-visit any part of the year to relish the bravery and great sacrifice of onake obavva against Hyder ali's invasion of chitradurga.
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Malini Bhattacharya

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"More than just a weekend halt-Chitradurga"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Walking here will be like walking into a painting. Thought he city is really in a mess I thought. They should really take care the filth is far from the fort also. No occupation must be allowed around the fort, but no, this is India, its like this is the fort and there are 10 gallis adjoining it.

Apart from all of the mess, Chitradurga is so beautiful, if a painter goes here, she may decide to stay back there, if a writer goes, he may start his novel there. Its very inspiring. I felt just 2 days aren't enough to explore this place. Apart from the fort which takes more than hours, and where you go multiple visits theres a lot. If you stay at mayura Yatri nivas, which you should, take a right and you go to the fort entrance, but take a left and you go into a small trek of about 100 mts which leads you to a small temple which is a 17 century temple, its not all that written about but we went there. It has shiva there. Its a small walk down the rocks.

There are many such walks in Chitradurga, Joggimatti, Chandravalli hills, Adumalleshwara temple in joggimatti, Vanivillas sagar dam. If you have the time pre plan and stay at jogimatti forest camp.

We walked a lot, climbed a lot and basically spent a lot of time staring at rocks and caves, and wondering what it was like. There is a lot of history there, like the famous Onnake - Obbava story, the story of how Hyder Ali finally took over, the fort and its structure, its winding roads, its stones, its temples inside, it is fascinating. Its still unspoilt. Hope it remains so.

VaniVillas sagar dam, is a beauty, you must be prepared to climb and walk a lot in this holiday, not for the lazy holiday I must say. Food was good at Mayura.
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Anup Mam

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"Historic place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2014
Great place Fort is amazingly beautiful and very well maintained, planned a mid - way stop. Chitradurga fort is a great place to see. Another place to see is the Vani Vilas dam. There is an ancient temple near the dam.
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Surendra  Pr

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  • Surendra Pr
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"Such a beautiful place but very poorly marketed"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2014
Such a beautiful place but very poorly marketed. Fort is massive and will take at least two days to do justice. Parking is messed up as is the case in most Indian towns/cities. People are unruly w/o a care for the damage their actions cause to such national heritage monuments. This place is so close to Bangalore, itís worth going and spending time learning the history and the science behind the fort. Amazing Fort and the 2nd largest fort in the country. Well maintained. We had a great guide by name Chandru, who gave a detailed tour. Plan for at least 4-6 hours for the tour within the fort. This place is teeming with history and culture. Must visit.
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Vijay Z

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A good place with good people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
It is a very serene place - the things which we see is beautiful mountains and the wind mills.

Jogimatti hills is located around 10 kms from Chitradurga. Early morning is the best time to climb that hill. There is a resort even for stay.

Chitradurga fort is another big see, people also go there to do rock climbing - wall of the fort but it is a bit risky unless you are experienced climber.

There is a SJM Matt - on the outskirts, another good place to visit.

Best food to eat there is the roadside bakeries offering much of south karnataka foods like holige and kai holige.
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Venkatesh Varadan

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"The wonder of karnataka chitradurga"

  • Posted Mar 6, 2013
The destination is beautiful and lots of places to visit , mainly the chitradurga fort, The way its built and the architecture . All the secret caves and reservoirs built in ancient times.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are few real good hotels, We took our electric cooker and a coffee maker, made some sandwiches etc. You can shop for come ready made garments.

Activities & things to do: Go to the gardens by daytime because it closes at 6pm, it will become late.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Finish your trip by 6.30pm
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Aparna Ammannaya

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"A great weekend destination from Bangalore"

  • Posted Feb 4, 2011
Chitradurga is a beautiful historic town located around 200 kms from Bangalore. The NH is in a very good condition so you can easily cover this distance in 3hrs even after taking breaks for food.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The fort here is a must visit, however, to make most of this fort a guide is most recommended. Another interesting place to visit is Chandravalli caves. You will again need a guide to take you inside the cave. Jogimatti is a nice hill station here. However you will need to get forest permit to visit this place. There is a small zoo you can give this a skip as the animals are not maintained well. I saw a bear eating plastic cover, probably he was not being fed enough. A very disturbing sight

Activities & things to do: There is nothing to do Chitradurga after the sun goes down. So a nice book is a must. You can stay overnight here and visit Hampi from here which again around 160 kms from here

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Chitradurga can get real hot in summers. Winters from Nov to Feb is the best time to visit Chitradurga
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Smitha Rao

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"Kallina Kote and Chandavalli Thota"

  • Posted Dec 30, 2010
Chitradurga is a city of rocky hills, best known for onnake obbavva and kallina kote.. Another add on here and a must visit is Chandavalli thotha. It is a cave, kings used for secret meetings, guide is a must, you will get lost otherwise..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kallina kote and Chandavalli thotha should not be missed. Guide must for thotha, readup on kote and you can manage without guide in kallina kote, he charges Rs.300/-,felt he did not do justice for that type of charges. Breakfast- Lakshmi Bhavani Tiffin room is the best, located one km from khote, nothing great about shopping here..

Activities & things to do: Best in December, little cold, so be prepared, but better not going in summer. Kothe will take up one whole day, if you are religious, go to Raghavendraswamy mata.. good brindavana. Must see...1 and half days will be good reasonable time for visiting Chitradurga

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We took a train from Blore to Chitradurga, reaches in the morning, starts night Blore at 10.30PM. But I have heard it will a good drive too, roads are good
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"Chitradurga - the land of bold rock hills and picturesque valleys"

  • Posted May 6, 2010
Known as th 'Kallina Kote' (stone fortress), this town, just about 200kms north of Bangalore, features bold rock hills and picturesque valleys, huge towering boulders in numerous shapes. Eighteen ancient temples can be found inside the fort. Chitradurga is considered one of the high wind sites in the country and has the highest density of power generating wind mills in this region.
Do not hesitate to take a proper guide, otherwise, you may not be able to see even a part of the fort in 1-2 days!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hotel Naveen Regency on NH4 is neat & well-maintained, with separate kitchen and restaurants for veggies and Non-veggies. Good South and North Indian foods are available here. Hotel Aishwarya fort and Amogh International are other hotels around.

Activities & things to do: A trek on the fort - can easily take 2-4 hours - to be started by 6 am to avoid the scorching sun later. Carry drinking water. Do not miss the 'Onake Obavva kindi ' and the hair-raising story of the brave woman Obavva, who single-handedly smothered to death, several enemy spies and soldiers, and saved the kingdom, but died in the process.

Do not forget to carry a couple of good torches when going into the chandravalli caves. You could get lost inside, without a guide.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Chitradurga is less than 4 hrs by car on a good 4-lane NH4 throughout. Also well-connected by buses. For Vanivilas sagar take deviation of about 8-10 kms form Hiriyur, which is about 20 kms before chitradurga from Bangalore.
The rocky terrain could be extremely hot in summer. Plan fort visit during early mornings

This is a relatively less-visited less-commercialises gem of a place
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