|First Look of the Fort of Channarayana Durga|
|Channarayana Durga Fort|
|First Entrance to the Fort of Channarayana Durga|
|Ruined Shiva Temple|
The initial climb was slippery because of the heavy rains that poured previous night .As we gained height, it seemed to be an easy walk. It is a four tiered fort. Once we crossed the first tier, we came across a beautiful temple besides a pond. This reminded us about the importance of Rain water harvesting which was one of the main features in most of the other hill forts.
|Marathi Inscriptions at the Entrance to Channarayana Durga Fort|
|A Bugle Player|
|Lord Anjaneya Swamy|
As we proceeded further, we came across a few structures that were probably used as horse stables. We reached another entrance in the same fortification which took us to the outside of the fort. This seemed like the main entrance since it had a big Mandapa (Hall) with pillar, for people to rest after the climb and also had steps leading to it from the bottom of the hill.
|Birdseye View of Surroundings|
|Rain, Sun and Hills|
|Beautiful Setup of Channarayana Durga Village|
After investigating the main entrance, we climbed further to reach the next tier. Here, we found a few structures that probably formed a small colony where soldiers and the king's people resided.Finally, we reached the last tier of the fort. The view from above was breath taking. One can spot the mighty Madhugiri hill which also has a fort and is the highest monolith in India.
|The Mighty Madhugiri Fort|
|The Fort Walls|
During our descent, we came across a ruined temple. Behind the temple, were two granaries used for storage. Most of the structures were intact and its surroundings clean even without any kind of maintenance. there were no signs of ASI in this place.
|Interiors of Ruined Temple|
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - Dabspet (NH4)- right turn - Koratagere (SH3) - proceed further - left turn towards Siddara betta - right turn towards Channarayanadurga . Total distance : 95 kms .
Trip date: 26 Sept, 2010