Monday, January 17, 2011

Gummanayakanapalya Kote, Near Bagepalli

   "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 .
Welcome Board
     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.
Initial View
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
Lovely !
Bike Park
     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
Lord Anjaneya
Lord Ganesha
Dancing Couple
Carvings on the Wall
Man Fighting a Tiger
Snake Charmer
Erotic Carvings
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
The Summit
Eternal View from the Top
Truly Breath-taking
Aerial View
Bird's Eye View of Gummanayakanapalya
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH7 - Right turn - Bagepalli - Travel about 8 kms - Left turn (there is a sign board )-  Travel about 16 kms - Left turn (there is a sign board ) - Travel about 5 kms - Left turn - Proceed further to reach the village of G N Palya

Distance from Bangalore: 150 kms

To be continued .............


  1. Superb! Just the kind of place I would love to visit too over a weekend!

  2. Fantastic post as always! And such an amazing, beautiful place! Your photos are superb, of course. How I would love to visit there! Does look as though you had gorgeous weather. Thank you for the tour and the fascinating information you share with us! Have a wonderful week!


  3. Stunning! Loved the place, and would definitely love to visit it someday!

  4. As Siddharth opined, it will be a great week end spot.. Very good photos and nice write up TGS.

  5. You do get to visit wonderful and exciting places ! Enjoyed reading the informative post with detailed pictures.....sad to see the walls crumbling away.

  6. would like to be there someday..... very colour full n informative post

  7. Interesting pictures, especially the one depicting use of gun. Thanks for sharing the directions ...hope to visit this fabulous fort some day.


  9. Great work TeamG .love your enthusiasm