Majestic Forts in Bangalore for a Peek into the Bygone Era


Forts in Bangalore

We sometimes forget to acknowledge the magnanimous forts in Bangalore that add a definite charm to the city. Th garden city of Bangalore is otherwise famously known for its charming gardens, magnificent wildlife sanctuaries and the booming IT industry. Built over hundreds of years by ancient rules, some of these forts in Bangalore are currently in ruins. However, they still don't fail to lure the visitors with their grandeur and splendor. Standing sturdy for centuries, these forts are a testimony to the ancient empires, of several battles fought and won and a rich heritage. Spread in an around, the forts in Bangalore spell glory and magnificence in all their forms. Some forts like Huliyur Durga and etc are perched atop hilltops. Besides giving an enchanting view of the valley below, they also offer lengthy trekking trails for all you adventure enthusiasts. So choose from our elaborate list an go and visit these splendid structures now.

Here is the list of 8 Majestic Forts in Bangalore for a Peek into the Bygone Era

1. Bangalore Fort, 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.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for Foreigners. 
Distance from Bangalore: 5 kms.

2. Devanahalli Fort, Bangalore

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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.

Timings: 07:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fees: No Entry Fees.
Distance from Bangalore: 36 kms

3. Skandagiri Fort, Bangalore

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.

Timings:  6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fees:
INR 450 Per Person
Distance from Bangalore:
60 kms

4. Nandi Durga, Bangalore

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.

Timings:  24 Hours
Entry Fees:
INR 5 Per Person.
Distance from Bangalore:
60 kms

5. Channarayana Durga, Bangalore

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.

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees:
No Entry Fee
Distance from Bangalore:
99 kms

6. Makalidurga Fort, Bangalore

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.

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry Fees: INR 450 
Distance from Bangalore: 52 kms

7. Huliyur Durga, Bangalore

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. 

Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fees:
No Entry Fees
Distance from Bangalore:
95 kms

8. Medigeshi Fort, Bangalore

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.

Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fees:
No Entry Fees
Distance from Bangalore:
124 kms

Which of these forts in Bangalore have you visited? Let us know in the comments below!

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