Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekend Getaway 56: Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka Fort, Sira

Date: 30th July 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Distance: 145 Kms one way.

Direction: Bengaluru - Tumakuru - Sira.

Parking: Available. Road side.

Food: Small hotels available in Sira.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Kaggaladu birds sanctuary.

Initially we started of as a driving session for Shilpi on the NICE road. Then since we are going out we thought we will visit some place and decided on the Kaggaladu and Sira fort. We reached Sira around 1 PM and it was hot. Kaggaladu is around 10kms from the town, unfortunately there were no birds in the village. When we inquired the villagers they said since there is no water in the lake no birds have come. December and January will be the right season. We drove back to the fort. There was a Karnataka tourism sign board 3.5 kms before the fort but there was nothing near the fort. Google maps also failed to show the correct entry point. We checked with nearby people and managed to reach the entrance.

The Sira fort is located on national highway 4. Kasturi rangappa nayak started building the fort when he was ruling over Sira. But then the fort came under many rulers. Vijayanagar king, bijapur sultan, mughals. The captures strengthened the fort further before it finally fell to British.

Most part of the fort is in ruined state now. We saw group of people playing cards at the mandapa and a younger group playing cricket.

The fort is protected by a big moat and three layer wall.

Secret path from the base to the top of rampart.

The central structure in the fort, probably once a grand palace.

The path to the bastion.

Three point embrasure.

Another view of the fort wall.

Another destroyed structure on one side of the fort.

Path around the wall.

Pillars in the hall at the entrance of the fort.

There were few other places to see nearby. A temple, few tombs, masjid and a garden. We decided to visit the places some other time when we cross the town. Now back to the driving session on 6 lane Tumakuru-Chitradurga highway.

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