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Today we will discuss about the  fort of "PAVAGADA" a small town in Tumkur dist of Karnataka.
It's also called island of Andra pradesh because the taluk all three sided bounded by A.P state , this town going to place in India map because a 7500MW solar park going to start ASAP & it's the largest solar park in ASIA.
                                          Hill  view form city
                                          Hill view from back side
                                          First entrance gate
This town is famous for Ground nut farming, Shaneshwar temple, kote Anjaneya temple(Hanuman mandir) , Nagalamadike on bank of North pennar the main Deity  Lord subramanya & an ancient fort Nidgal it's  recorded  some claims a civilise before iron age existing here.

The hill situated to the north of city , locals thay claiming this word came from by the shape of Ant hill(Haavina hutta) in telugu as pamulakonda so finally become to pavagada after this fort accessed  by maratha kings from Hyder ali of Mysore.
Almost people of pavagada town are dual language speakers of both kannada & telugu, it's around 150km's from it's capital city Bengaluru.
Initially the fort was build by local palegars of Vijayanagar dynasty period around 14th century, in town there are 4 main gates was build at that time i.e, penukonda main gate, Madhugiri gate & others gate i don't know about that information.
These palegars are chieftains to Vijayanagara king's & they built very magnificent fort with huge stone blocks , limestone & bricks  still you can see the mega engineering of that time.

But you cannot see any tourism development in this place & it's completely neglected by Karnataka govt, there is lot of development to be taken to preserve our old monuments .

The hill  is  situated height around 678 meter's  & the watching towers at different levels are surrounded by undulating stonewalls that capture one's imagination.The large rock walls that hug the towers  appear like a shield of stones protecting the towers & are indeed intimidating.

The enclosures are said to used by the soldiers as ammunition storage.these units do not have doors & it is assumed this set up enabled soldiers to get immediate access to the weapons.

The stink of human waste, pile of plastic, destroyed interiors of the enclosure indicates lack of maintenance, if one ignores all that a 2 hour long trek will take you to the large towers situated at the top of fort.

With seven level of fortification & a secret tunnel for the king to escape, it only contributes to the fact that fort was fully war - ready.There you will find a mosque it was build during hyder Ali regime & some locals claim that mosque was built by destroying Hindu temple of Lord Venugopla swamy & it's clearly showing entrance to mosque there is dravidian style of architecture as like in Hindu temples, the temple shifted to the nestle of hill .

The fort is said to have witnessed many royal battles  occurred.

                                                           Ammunition storage area
                                                   Aerial view of Mosque & destroyed temple
                                          A stone resembles like a Bird

The trail to the top goes through large entrances, stairs & rocky patches with enough resting places.This make the trekkers to tolerable to temperatures in summer''s.

Half through there is a Hanuman temple almost all Palegars they are devotee of lord Hanuman ji, on top of that idol there is a Champak tree with  full flowers it will give bloom throughout year.
                                                            Lord Hanuman ji
Pavagada fort is a magnificent  monument  that virtually screaming to be preserved. It is a Photographer's muse, an architect's inspiration, a treks delight & a  rock climber's heaven.

There is around of 3 water wells(Kalyani)for the daily usage at that time & it resembles towards marvel irrigation engineering at that time by consuming of rain water.
With beautiful cool breeze it's awesome for the nature overs, there is a two huge tank on top of hill it's called thuppada dhone(ತುಪ್ಪದ ದೋಣಿ  ) means tank for collecting ghee at that time.

A  piece of history , an architectural marvel that we need to be proud of  of left to ruin.
It's time the local administration & the state tourism department take notice of the bad condition of the fort & act to restore & preserve the heritage structure for next future generation's.
Let's make promote it as a tourism destination.

How to reach: Lot of buses running between it's capital city (Bangalore)
Stay: SSK guest house, lot of pvt lodges available.

Thank you!!1
will come back with interesting places, trekking places.

--- ಶಿವಕುಮಾರ್ ಹಿರೇಮಠ್
      शिवकुमार हिरेमत्


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