18 Forts in Karnataka that you should visit - With photos & details

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18 Forts to explore in Karnataka

State in the south western region of India

Badami FortBadami, Karnataka 587201, India

A regal structure located on the top of a hill that was built by Chalukyan King Pulakeshi in 543 AD , viewpoint, Trekking centre, etc.

Bangalore FortKrishna Rajendra Rd, New Tharagupet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002, India

One of the ancient heritage in Bangalore having an amazing history to say

Belgaum FortBelgaum Fort Area, Belgaum, Karnataka 590016, India

Built by Jaya Raja. The fort has fine ramparts and a large moat, has a rich history with historical and religious monuments dated to the Adil shahi dynasty

Bellary FortDevi Nagar, Ballari, Karnataka 583104, India

Perched on the top of Ballari Gudda. It is built in 2 parts. the lower and the upper part. It has a decorated history and harbors, historical and religious monuments alongside its premises. A popular viewpoint in the city

Bidar FortOld City Fort Area, Ground Fort Area, Bidar, Karnataka 585401, India

Stands tall with the pride of historical significance and architectural brilliance in the city of Bidar. This is one of the majestic throwbacks of the opulent past of India

Channagiri FortChannagiri, Karnataka 577213, India

Historically important fort.Built in 1770 AD, the hill fort of Channagiri is located to the west of the present Channagiri town.

Chitradurga FortChitradurga, Karnataka 577501, India

One of the most famous fort in Karnataka built in 17th century. Chitradurga fort is world famous fort built around 11th and 13th century. The fort was built by different rulers of Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara Empire.

Devanahalli FortDevanahalli Near Bangalore -Hyderabad Highway, District, Devanahally, Karnataka 562110, India

Known for its historical significance and archaeological brilliance. The fort is a living example of the extensive battles fought and won and of the royal families

Devarayanadurga hillDevarayana Durga, Karnataka 572140, India

Devarayanadurga when translated means " fort of the God". the place is located about around 4000 feet above and can be a weekend pilgrimage spot and get away for a quick retreat or picnic.

Fort BijapurGodbole Mala, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101, India

Historical fort located in the heart of Bijapur. This fort was built by the founder of the Adil Shahi Dynasty.

Gulbarga FortGulbarga Fort, Halbarga, Brhampur, Gulbarga, Karnataka 585101, India

One of the fine example of ancient Islamic architecture in Karnataka.Historically important place which was built in 1347. The fort was originally built by Raja Gulchand. As Gulbarga gained prominence as the Bahmani capital, the fort was fortified by Alauddin Bahmani with a deep moat and massive walls.

Madhugiri BettaKarnataka 572132

Madhugiri is a single hil and the second largest monolith in entire Asia. There lies the fort which is very famous for its architecture.

Madikeri FortMadikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201, India

one of the interesting places for sightseeing in Coorg built in the last quarter of the 17th century by Mudduraja. It was first built in the last quarter of 17th century by Mudduraja. There was a palace built inside the fort as well.

Manjarabad FortBengaluru - Mangaluru Hwy, Donigal, Karnataka 573134, India

The fort is at an elevation of 988m above from the sea level built in 1792 by Tippu Sulthan. This fort is a pack of so many mysterious histories.

Mudgal FortMudgal, Karnataka 584125, India

Mudgal fort is an ancient fort located in the Raichur district. The place is well known for its historical heritage and communal harmony and so many historical inscriptions.

Raichur FortAndroon Quilla, Raichur, Karnataka 584101, India

A fortress located on a hilltop in the heart of Raichur which came into existence from the time of Chalukyas. The fort was built by the Kakatiya rulers in 1294 AD. It is surrounded by double rows of massive low circuit walls on its three sides and is built on an 88 m high hill.

Tipu Sultan FortSrirangapatna, Karnataka 571438, India

Located in  Srirangaptna. The fort believed to have been built by thimmana nayaka. The fort is fully fortified and the architecture was modified with the help of French architects to meet the growing needs of saving against invaders.

Tipu Sultan's Summer PalaceTippu Sultan Palace Rd, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018, India

Magnificient accommodation of the valiant ruler of the Mysore- Tippu sultan. This is an example of Indo Islamic architecture. The opulent palace is once used as a summer retreat by the king and was often referred as  the abode of happiness