Kavaledurga
Kavaledurga, Thirthahalli, Shimoga, Kavaledurga Fort, Belagutti King, Keladi Kings, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, Mysore, Nagaari Baagilu, Shikhareshwara Temple, Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Tulabhaara Mantapa, Gadaa Theertha, Mahabharata, Aadhishesha, Tupaaki Buruju, Mangalore
Kavaledurga, Thirthahalli, Shimoga, Kavaledurga Fort, Belagutti King, Keladi Kings, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, Mysore, Nagaari Baagilu, Shikhareshwara Temple, Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Tulabhaara Mantapa, Gadaa Theertha, Mahabharata, Aadhishesha, Tupaaki Buruju, Mangalore
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Kavaledurga


Kavaledurga is a historical place located at a distance of 16 Km from Thirthahalli in Shimoga district.
Kavaledurga is situated 5056 ft above sea level and the place is well known for a magnificent fort called Kavaledurga Fort built on the hill top.


History of the Fort:

The Kavaledurga Fort was initially built in 9th century and features the beautiful architecture and great construction plans of those times.

The fort was later renovated by Cheluvarangappa, a Belagutti King in 14th century. Later the fort was acquired by Keladi Kings in 16th century and Venkatappa Nayaka, a Keladi King built seven battlements to protect this fort. Hyder Ali conquered Kavaledurga Fort and at last the fort fall in the hands of Tipu Sultan of Mysore.


About the Kavaledurga Fort:

Kavaledurga Fort is currently in the ruined condition to a large amount apart from few structures such as two fortresses in addition to a few temple like Lakshminarayana Temple, the Mylaareshwara temple even now remain the rampage of time as well as humans. There are couple of circular bastions that create a gateway for next level of Kavaledurga fort are also called as "Nagaari Baagilu". The Lakshminarayana Temple on the top of a massive rock of the fort premises even at present remains strong. As you progress on, you are able to get nearer across the ruins of Darbar Hall as well as Queens personal swimming pool.

In case you stand at the peak of Kavaledurga fort, you would get a excellent scene of that complete surrounding. Inside Kavaledurga fort premises, there exists a huge rock on which you will see a small shrine named as "Shikhareshwara Temple", most likely for the reason that it is situated at the top most part and may also be observed from the bottom of this hill. To arrive at the temple, you will need to climb the slanting smooth rock. Inside the third stage of Kavaledurga fort you will catch a glimpse of a Kashi Vishwanatha Temple. This is the unusual kind of temple where you can actually notice two stone pillars in front of this Kashi Vishwanatha Temple. In the way in of this temple, you can find a Mantapa also known as "Tulabhaara Mantapa" plus on one of walls, you can find a picture of one of the court dancers.

While you continue watching the wonderful Kavaledurga fort, you happen to find a tiny cave-like structure in which you will be able to find clean and fresh water any time. This is known as "Gadaa Theertha" since it is believed that it was dug by Bheema's Gadaa (during Mahabharata). You will discover a couple of small ponds created from rocks inside the Kavaledurga fort. In case you are an advantageous traveler, you may also discover a sculpture of "Aadhishesha" (the divine serpent). You can find one more spot known as "Tupaaki Buruju" that most likely signifies that this region of the Kavaledurga fort was intended for storing ammunition as well as weapons.

The archaeological department of India has taken the responsibility to reconstruct the Kavaledurga fort and protect the heritage sites which are at present in threat.

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore

Nearest Railhead: Shimoga

Road: Kavaledurga is well connected by road network. The best way to reach here is by car.




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