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Fort at Madhugiri perched on steep slopy hill beckons visitors

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Tumakuru is the land of coconuts also many temples and forts lie in this District.

Madhugiri of the District is famous for single hill and the second largest monolith in entire Asia. The name, Madhugiri, is derived from honeybee colonies that were located in the Northern part of the fort in the City.

Madhugiri fort has unique architecture and was built by the Vijayanagar Dynasty. The fort is perched on a steep slope of the hill.

Madhugiri fort is famous for the stone carving as well as the architecture. It was built in the year 1678 by Raja Heera Gowda who belonged to the Ganga Dynasty. Once complete, Hyder Ali added arches, watch towers and circular granaries around the fort. Various rulers occupied the fort and ruled the region. It was also occupied by the British for a short period.

To reach the top of the fort, one has to climb the steep slope. The climb takes about two hours and various water tanks are visible throughout the way. These tanks were built to harvest rainwater. Beside the fort, lies a temple of Gopalakrishna.

Siddaganga Matha, Goravanahalli Mahalaxmi Temple are the places one can visit during Madhugiri trip. Madhugiri can be visited throughout the year.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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