Manjarabad Fort


13.7/5(15 Ratings)

Manjarabad Fort Overview

Ranked 4 of 9 sightseeing in Sakleshpur

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.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Darshan Ck

Darshan Ck4.6/5

2 reviews

Good place

Picturesque place in the middle of woods. The roofless nature of this architecture is unique. Not much to explore but some vantage points from where one can take nice pictures. The mountain ranges at the backdrop lends beauty to this interesting fort of the time of Tipu Sultan. The climb is not steep so lazy bums are encouraged to give it a try and take the stairs.

Shruthi Arnadi

Shruthi Arnadi2.9/5

41 reviews

Star shaped summer fort

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

Brahamanapalle Murthy5.0/5

9 reviews

Good location of Manjarabad Fort

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.
  • Good location of Manjarabad Fort
  • Good location of Manjarabad Fort
  • Good location of Manjarabad Fort



3 reviews


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.

Archit Sharma

Archit Sharma3.6/5

10 reviews

A Hidden Fort

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.

Kavya kashyap

Kavya kashyap3.6/5

4 reviews

Nice photography place

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.

Yogee Raghavendra

Yogee Raghavendra2.5/5

2 reviews

The fort is very much worth during Monsoon

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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  • The fort is very much worth during Monsoon
  • The fort is very much worth during Monsoon

Sharath S

Sharath S3.9/5

3 reviews

Tippu built fort is very elegant looking

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.

Prashant Rotti

Prashant Rotti3.9/5

3 reviews

Nice place to visit, carry water

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.

Ravish jangamkota

Ravish jangamkota3.6/5

4 reviews

Nice Place But Maintained Badly.

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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Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshpur

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Steps to reach the fort
Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshpur

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Yogee Raghavendra

Wall of the fort
Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshpur

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