My husband and I decided to go on a 1-day trip around Bangalore, along. After sorting through numerous choices we decided on Devanahalli Fort as it was only 35 kilometers from Bangalore city. We opted for this place as we just wanted to take a break and go out for a drive. Visiting this place was definitely a bonus along with the drive. The fort is situated on the side of National Highway 7, near the Bengaluru International Airport.
Now, little bit about the history of this place;
It was originally built in 1501 by Mallabaire Gowda, It was under the care of his descendants until the mid of 18th century. The fort was taken over by Nanjarajaiah, Dalwai of Mysore in 1749.The fort passed into the hands of Hyder Ali and later on to Tipu Sultan. In 1791,Lord Cornwallis sieged the fort and took over during the Anglo-Mysore War.
A family of fleeing refugees from Conjeevaram (Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu), camped near the foot of Ramaswami betta. Their leader Rana Baire Gowda was apparently directed in a dream to set up a settlement in this region. He and his family settled in a small village nearby, called Ahuti (now known as Avati). His son Malla Baire Gowda founded Devanahalli, Chikka-ballapura and Dodda-ballapura.
I’m not exactly a history buff; you can get the entire information from the trusted wikipedia.
Enough said, here are the pictures of this place.
The fort walls form a perimeter around the village. This boundary is easily accessible. The view from the top is spectacular and you get to see the village on one side, highway on the other and the fort right in the middle.
The fort serves the purpose of protection with the help of enforced walls and provides a vantage point for soldiers/ sepoys.
These slots are present in one of the Sepoy cubicle, where the soldier gets to shoot safely. Through the slot you can see how wide the wall is and how serious they were about protecting their territory.
From one point on the fort you can see the entrance/ exit and the Venugopalaswamy temple. The entire fort walls are not accessible as the wall nearby the temple has been closed off.
There is a temple of Venugopalaswamy right besides the fort. By the time we had reached there the temple was closed, so didn’t didn’t get a chance to visit. The birthplace of Tipu Sultan is also located near the fort. You can check it out as well. Devanahalli on its own is not worth making the trip. But if you are visiting Lepakshi, then you can visit them on the way.
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