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Chitradurga - famed for its massive Kallina Kote

Chitradurga gets its name from Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found here. Tradition dates the Chitradurga district to the period of the Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The whole district lies in the valley of the Vedavathi River, with the Tungabhadra flowing in the NorthWest. Chitradurga has Tumkur in south east is Shimoga, Davangere and Chikmangalur and west is it has AP's Ananthpura. The hilly region with lot of forts and villages. Chitradurga district consists of six taluks namely Challakere, Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Holalkere, Hosadurga and Molakalmuru.

Places to Visit:
  1. Chitradurga Fort: The Chitradurga is famed for its massive Kallina Kote ("the place of the stone fort"), a marvel of military architecture made impregnable by the Nayak Palegars. It has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entrances and water tanks. Many ancient temples can also be found inside the fort.

  2. Onake Obavvana Kindi (The Crack): During the rein of Madakari Naayaka, the city was besieged by the troops of Haider Ali. A chance sighting of a woman entering the fort through a crack in the rocks led to a clever plan by Hyder Ali to send his soldiers through the kindi(crack). The guard on duty had just gone home for his lunch break and his wife Obavva was his temporary replacement. Noticing the soldiers emerging out of this crack, Obavva was not perturbed. Using the Onake (wooden stick used for pounding grain) she killed and quietly moved the dead, so that hundreads of them entered and fell, without raising any suspicion. The guard, Obavva's husband almost had a heart attack, when he returned from his lunch break. His wife was standing there with a blood stained Onake and strewn around her were the bodies of soldiers. The passage still remains as a historical witness for the story, beside the Tanniru Doni - a small water source which holds cold water all round the year. Though her sincere brave attempt saved the fort this time, Madakari could not resist the attack of 1799 by Hyder Ali. The fort of Chitradurga was lost for Hyder Ali once for all.

  3. Hosadurga: Hosadurga located from 63 kms from Chitradurga, has the remnants of a hill fort which was erected by Chikkanna Nayaka, a Paalegar of Chitradurga.

  4. Molakalmuru: Molakalmuru also has a temple, a large reservoir and a rock which produces a chain of echoes. The town is also known for its silk weaving industry.

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