Bellary Fort in Bellary District of Karnataka State

Bellary Fort in Bellary District of Karnataka State: Located in the historic city of Ballari, the Ballari Fort stands atop Ballari Gudda or the Fort Hill. Historians believe the Palegar chief Hanumappa Nayaka constructed it during the Vijayanagara era. In 1769, Hyder Ali gained control of the fort from the Nayakas and enlisted a French engineer to renovate and modify it. Legend tells of the engineer’s execution for failing to notice that neighboring Kumbara Gudda was taller, compromising the fort’s secrecy. Some say his grave lies near the East Gate, though others believe it to be a Muslim holy man’s.

Bellary Fort

The Upper Fort on Bellary Hill includes a citadel, a temple, soldier barracks, and deep wells for water storage. The Lower Fort boasts two entrance gates, one on each side, and is fortified with bastions and deep pits, sometimes filled with water and crocodiles to deter invaders. The Kote Anjaneya Temple (Hanuman Temple) and shelters for refugees or villagers during wartime are found here. Visit the illuminated fort in the evenings to experience its rich history.

How to Reach Bellary Fort

By Air :

Every day, planes fly from Jindal Vijayanagar Airport, just 38 kilometers away from Daroji, to Bengaluru and Hyderabad as part of the UDAAN Scheme. You can also catch flights to Hubballi Airport, which is a bit farther, at 150 kilometers from Daroji.

By Train:
If you prefer to travel by train, the nearest railway stations are Hosapete and Toranagal, both about 20 kilometers from Daroji. Trains run daily from Hubli and Guntakal junctions to Hosapete/Toranagal.
By Bus:

And if buses are more your style, Ballari District has you covered! State highways and National Highway connect Daroji well. Buses regularly travel to all major cities of Karnataka from Ballari, 65 kilometers away, and Hosapete, just 20 kilometers from Daroji.

Bellary Fort in Bellary District