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Droog Fort, Coonoor Overview

Droog fort is a historical place located 15km from the foothills of the Nilgiris. As per the legend, a demon resided at the fort many years back hence it is otherwise called Bakasura Malai. In the 18th century, Tipu Sultan used the fort as an outpost which is now a ruin with a wall remaining. Nestled 1800 metres above sea level, this enchanting fort is over the western ghats. It attracts travellers from all over the country. Apart from the only wall over the ruins, the air is mixed with the scent of eucalyptus oil and coffee beans.

One can also capture the scenic beauty through the watchtower. This spot is an exceptional point for trekkers and adventure seekers. Neither does it leave behind the bird watchers. An exotic number of rare species of birds fly their way through the fort and also few Malabar squirrels and flying foxes. It is necessary to be extremely careful about bison that frequently roam around the premises. The other nearby attractions are Nonsuch tea estate through which you can trek your way up the fort. Another such place is the Law falls, a cascading waterfall of Coonoor.

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History of Droog Fort

The Droog Fort was built in the 18th century by Tipu Sultan. Owing to the altitude at which it is positioned which facilitates pinpoint view of the area, it was used by him as a strategic outpost to guard the Sultanate from surprise military attacks and invasions. However, today it stands in ruins with only one wall remaining. This is mainly because of insufficient supplies, poor maintenance and repeated attacks back then. Since then the situation has only got worse. Despite its dilapidated condition, history lovers are still drawn to it and don’t mind the physical exertion caused in reaching the fort.
The Droog Fort is at the top of the mountain of Bakasura Malai. This area is picturesque with high hills, greenery and low visibility. One must be careful as a wrong step can prove fatal.
According to Hindu Mythology, Bakasura was a demon who lived here. He was eventually killed by the Pandav, Bheem.

Architecture

Even though the fort is in a pitiable condition, the fortress highlights the medieval era. The sprawling structure showcases culture, heritage and workmanship of those days. There is nothing very elaborate like carvings etc but they say it used to be huge and spacious beyond belief. Of all that remains, you will find one wall and a watchtower. The tower was installed to have a bird’s eye view of the area and keep a check on the neighbouring enemy kingdoms and is now home to exotic birds and open to the public for sightseeing.

Tips for Trekking Droog Fort

  • Avoid going during the monsoon season. The region gets very wet and slippery which makes the climb and trek dangerous.
  • The trek is not recommended for elderly people.
  • One should have a minimum fitness level to undertake the trek.
  • There is a facility for hiring tour guides which is highly recommended. They know the safer areas to make the climb easier and convenient.
  • Visit the Droog village to have insights about the culture and lifestyle of people including their tribal homes.
  • Sunday treks are also recommended for adventure seekers.
  • Nearby Law Falls are a recommended visit.
  • There are bison moving around in the area who are angry and aggressive. Make sure you stay away from them and take required caution for kids and toddlers.
  • Carry good comfortable shoes for the trek and also carry some water with you.
  • Locker facility is available.
  • Make sure to carry binoculars for exotic bird spotting.
  • Not much eating options are available.

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