Nandi Durga is an ancient fort in Bangalore situated on top of the Nandi Hills. Originally known as Anandagiri during the rule of Cholas. It is believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan and for used as his summer palace for a considerable amount of time.
Located at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, Channarayana Durga was constructed by a local king Chikkappa Gowda. Considered an important strategic point during medieval times, this fort in Bangalore also houses some old structures and few temples. Currently, it is one of the few popular trekking points in Bangalore.
Originally built as a mud fort in 1537 by Kempe Gowda I, Bangalore Fort was finally transformed into a stone fort in 1761 by Haider Ali. Located in the heart of the city, the sturdy fort is currently in ruins. It was torn down by the British and what remains today is the historical Delhi Gate. Yet it is still a popular tourist attraction of the city.
Also known as Kalavara Durga, Skandagiri Fort is one of the several small forts in Bangalore. The fort also houses a small temple, where locals come to pray and perform poojas. The fort can be reached through a small trek uphill and offers sweeping views of the valley below.
Known for its historical significance and archaeological brilliance, Devanahalli Fort is located 35 kms north of the city of Bangalore. Lately, in ruins, this fort in Bangalore once was the birthplace and residence of the great warrior Tipu Sultan.
Huliyur Durga are the ruins of a fort situated on a hilltop in the village of Huliyurdurga in Bangalore. Shaped like a cup, this is also believed to have been built by Kempe Gowda I. Popular for trekking and scenic beauty, this fort in Bangalore is visited by locals and tourists alike.
Situated at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, Medigeshi Fort can be reached through a trek along Madhugiri Betta. Divided into three sections- the base of the fort, a middle lake and garden and high perched fortifications, the fort remains especially packed during weekends.
Perched at an elevation of 3664 feet, Makalidurga Fort is situated around 60 kms from Bangalore. Nestled between green hills, and graced with picturesque surroundings, the fort can be reached after a small trek. There is also a Lord Shiva temple in the vicinity of the fort that is visited by the local people frequently.
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