On inquiring about the route to the fort of Kavaledurga to a local, he replied saying, "Are you guys crazy to venture out there during these rains!? The path will be very slippery. Go straight, walk along the field bund and you should reach the base of Kavaledurga".
We nodded our heads and thanked him for the information
and concern shown by him. We walked as per his directions and reached the end
of the fields from where the path laid to the fort was visible. It was only when
we laid our first steps did we realize we were in for something! As we
started our trek uphill on a very slippery slope, we noticed our steps almost
matched that of a disco! We surely would have proved to be a tough competition
to Micheal Jackson or Prabhu Deva. Even carefully laid
steps with caution were slippery, and after slipping and trekking uphill for a good
40 minutes or so, we reached the second gateway of the fort from where the
climb seemed easy and the views from here were mesmerizing.
The history of Kavaledurga Kote (Fort) goes this way, "This place was also called as Bhuvanagiridurga owing its name to the temple of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, which is located in the village and is of considerable antiquity. The fort was a stronghold of the Nayakas of Keladi, who fortified this hill post their liberation from the Vijayanagar kingdom. The credit of building this forest fort goes to King Venkatappa Nayaka, who also built a palace and village inside the fort walls. The fort is three tiered and surrounded by thick forests, which proves to be a perfect defense structure. Out of the many temples built inside this fort area, the three that have survived the test of time are the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Shikhareshwara temple and Lakshmi Narasimha temple.
Other Places to Visit Nearby:
Thirthahalli, Agumbe, Hulikal, Kolluru, Kodachadri,
Nagara Fort and many more.
|Brightly Colored Mushroom Welcoming us to the Fort|
|Walk along the Field Bund|
|At the Base of the Kavaledurga Hill|
|First Look of Kavaledurga Kote|
|Entering the Fort|
|Lajja Gowri, Lord Hanuman and Elephants on the Wall at the Fort Entrance|
|Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kavaledurga|
|The Palace, Kavaledurga|
|The Queens Bath|
|One Among the Many Water Ponds Here|
How to reach Kavaledurga Kote: Drive on Thirthahalli - Agumbe highway; Take right at about 7 km from Thirthahalli and travel for about 10 Km to Kavaledurga village. The village is located about 18 km from Thirthahalli and 350 km from Bangalore.
Accommodation: There are no accommodation facilities inside the village, though one can pitch their own tents inside the fort area or in the village premises with prior permission of the villagers. However, the closest and a better option would be to stay at Thirthahalli which offers good accommodation choices.
Where to eat: There are no eateries in Kavaledurga; Thirthahalli is the closest and a better option.