Chitradurga conveys robustness. Its landscape is mostly composed of rocky hills and is littered with boulders
These boulders are a huge attraction as they seem like giants from a fantasy tale, towering at bizarre angles with curious shapes. Perhaps it was this rocky terrain that first drew numerous dynasties and warriors to Chitradurga. In this region’s sturdiness, they saw natural protection from their enemies and constructed magnificent and imposing fortresses on top of rocky hills. Pass through one of the ancient stone archways here and you will feel like entering the era of the heroic Nayaka dynasty. Deep valleys become lush in the monsoon season and reservoirs along the Vedavathi River invite many tourists. Legends connect this region to the events in the epic Mahabharat and rock temples with intricate architecture are a special delight.The origins of Chitradurga can be traced back to ancient times. Once under the rule of Mauryan Empire, this region was then lead by many notable kingdoms, including the Hoysalas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas. But Chitradurga is said to have flourished most under the Paleyar or Nayaka dynasty. This heroic dynasty was responsible for creating many massive structures seen today.The massive fort of Chitradurga, also popular as ‘Kallina Kote’, usually tops the list of attractions here. An awesome display of military architecture, Chitradurga Fort seems impregnable with its ring of walls, watchtowers, imposing doors and a carving of the seven-headed cobra on the main entrance. A number of secret entry points are hidden inside Chitradurga Fort. Apart from majestic stone archways, there are pits, granaries, a mosque and a palace inside. Ankali Mutt can be an adventurous experience for travelers to Chitradurga. This rock-cut cave is a network of dark, subterranean chambers.The artificial lake, situated amidst a deep valley near the Vani Vilas Sagar dam, is a picturesque destination, best visited during monsoon.Visitors will find sufficient travel options like auto-rickshaws, buses and taxis to cover almost all major sites in Chitradurga.Travelers must carry a torch or a flashlight inside the dark chambers of the Chandravalli cave. Stay alert as these caves have varying floor-to-ceiling height. Rather than venturing alone, opt for guides to show you around the cave.Because of an uneven rocky terrain or a series of high steps, some of the ancient temples or forts might be inaccessible to aged travelers
Chitradurga is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Hyderabad at a distance of 150kms.
Airports: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Chitradurga from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Chitradurg