"Gummanayakanapalya", is a small village located in Bagepalli taluk of Chikkaballapur district . This place is home to a lesser known fort built by a local chieftain with the help of a wealthy farmer Gummi Reddy. The history of this place is not very well known .The board put up by the Government of Karnataka Tourism reads " Welcome to the historical place of the Vijayanagar Kingdom " and gives details of the facilities available here . But none of the facilities exist today .
This place was on our to-be visited list since a long time. Finally,when we landed here, the only thought in our minds was how could such a beautiful place be a lesser known and talked about place.
|Closer View of the Magnificent Fort|
The journey was an amazing one for two reasons - the long bike journey and the pleasant weather all along .
|NH 7-A Pleasure to Ride|
|A Beautiful Lake|
|Smooth as Butter|
|The Sunny-Shady Road|
After interacting with a few locals , we started to walk towards the fort. The entrance to the fort is very grand. On entering the fort , we spotted two small temples, one dedicated to Lord Anjaneya and the other to Lord Ganesha . Proceeding further, we found an other entrance, which had wonderful carvings on it . It was surprising to see erotic carvings on the wall .
|The Main Entrance|
|Top of the Inner Entrance|
|Entrance- View from the inside|
|Carvings on the Wall|
|Man Fighting a Tiger|
|Use of a Gun|
We also found the remains of a palace, probably built by an Islamic ruler since it resembled the Indo-Islamic style of architecture .
|Remains of the Palace|
|A Portion of the Palace|
There were many ruined structures on the way to the top of the fort .The inner tiers of the fort walls are intact . The last (inner most) tier opens up into a plain land with some ruined structures.
|The Fort Wall|
|Walk to the Top|
|Eternal View from the Top|
|Bird's Eye View of Gummanayakanapalya|
Distance from Bangalore: 150 kms
To be continued .............