'Narasimha Ghada' or 'Narasimhanagadi' or 'Jamalabad' (current name) is a hill top fort nested in Kudremukh National Park . This place is about 8 kms from Belthangadi (DK). We came to know about this place when were travelling from Belthangadi to Venuru . We decided to explore this place when we were returning from Venuru . We reached the base of the hill around 2:00 pm. There is a forest check post at the hill base where we can get a permit for entry (Rs.40/- per head) . The man there put a word that it will be difficult to reach the top during that time since we were already late and were asked to return by 6:00 pm. We decided to climb up to 5:00 pm and return from that point . However, we managed reached the top much earlier than expected .
This fort was built by Tipu Sultan after capturing the local ruler and destroying the old structure. Later, this fort was captured by British from Tipu during the 4th Mysore war . Tipu named this fort after his mother Jamalbi .Nothing much remains expect a few ruins here and there . Most impressive part was the trek .Though steps were laid up to the top , rain water had made them very slippery and difficult to climb.
|Rock Cut Steps|
The hill top was a flat surface having ruins of fort, micro ave station and a water pond . We got a birds's eye view of the entire range of Kudremukh National Park . We were also able to spot a water falls far away on another hill.
|View Mid Way|
|Bird's Eye View|
|View from the Top|
|Wild Grass Flower|
Trip Date : 27 Sept' 2009.