10 Best Forts in Bangalore - 2024 (1500+ Reviews & Photos)
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Beyond the walls of steel, glass and concrete offices, there exists a Bangalore which awaits to be explored and the magnanimous forts in Bangalore should be acknowledged as they add definite charm to the city. With a great mix of history, culture, nature, and man-made wonders, the city of Bangalore boasts a truly enchanting architectural finesse in its forts.

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Built over hundreds of years ago, these forts have survived several battle fights and marked their names in history. The forts in the city have been standing sturdy for centuries and their rich heritage never fails to lure the travellers with their grandeur and splendour.

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Though the Bangalore forts are currently in ruins, few of them are perched atop hilltops and the treks to these forts give captivating views to all the adventure seekers who can experience the thrill of the offbeat path.  So choose from our elaborate list and go and visit these splendid places in Bangalore now.

Here are some of the best forts in Bangalore:

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Skandagiri Fort

Also known as Kalavara Durga, this mountain fortress is located around 65 km from Bangalore city. This place is the favourite Bangalore destination for trekkers and adventure seekers as the fort can be reached through a trek uphill and offers a splendid view of the sunrise over the clouds.

There is not much left of the fort now but dilapidated walls of this fort built by Tipu Sultan can still be seen today. This is one of the forts in Bangalore which is a paradise for adventure seekers, and ideal for night treks, camping and bird watching.  

Location:
Bellary Road (National Highway 7 Hyderabad- Bangalore Highway), Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Timings:
6 am – 6 pm

Fees:
No entry fee; need tickets for trekking.

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Makali Durga

Challenging routes and fascinating views are what makes Makalidurga a wonderful trekking destination. The stillness of the place can make you stunned and makes a perfect escape from the loud noise and traffic of the city hustle and bustle.

The highlight of the destination is the Makalidurga fort which lies atop a granite hillock. While at the top, the hill offers picturesque views of the lake, Shiva temple and one can catch a sight of the train meandering through the hills at the bottom of the hill. Makalidurga night trek is an experience not to be missed and a zest to explore, and love for adventure is its key ingredients.

Location:
Doddaballapur, Karnataka

Timings:
8 am to 6 pm

Fees:
 No entry fees.

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03

Devanahalli Fort

A living example of extensive battles and their victory, this historical significance and archaeological brilliance was built in 1501 and once was the birthplace and residence of the great warrior Tipu Sultan. This fort is spread over a vast area of 20 acres and possesses twelve semi-circular bastions.

Large gopuras and elaborate stonework feature prominently on the walls and the impeccable architecture of Venugopalaswamy temple and Siddalingeshwara temple are among the umpteen temples located inside the premises of the fort.  

Marking its place in one of the most striking forts in Bangalore, it is the place located in the outskirts of the city and it is easily accessible from the city by local modes of transport. As Bangalore enjoys a good climate, you can visit the fort at any time of the year.

Location: Devanahalli Near Bangalore -Hyderabad Highway, District, Devanahalli, Karnataka 562110

Timings: Open 24 hours

Fees: No entry fee.

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04

Huliyur Durga

Huliyurdurga is one of the nine forts (navadurgas) located off kunigal highway near Herur which is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore within 100 km. Of all the forts in Bangalore, this one is built on a mountain with a very peculiar shape (it is shaped like a cup). 

The few remnant ruins of the fortress lie on the top of 
kumbi betta along with a temple of the god ‘Varadaraja' also known as Hemagiri Ayyappa and were said to have been built during the reign of the Gowdas. This is a good trek for beginners who want to taste a bit of natural rock climbing and have some adventure as they have no trail all the way up and just a few vertical rock patches.

Location: Kunigal taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka

Timings: Open 24 hours

Fees: No entry fee.

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05

Bangalore Fort

The fort which witnessed the struggle of the Mysore empire against the British is commonly known as Tipu sultan's fort or Bangalore fort. It is an impressive piece of architecture which was built as a mud fort initially by the Kempe Gowda and then converted into a stone fort.

Islamic art and teak wood interiors generate curiosity among people to know more about the history associated with tipu sultan and the fort. The fort comprises of 500 years old Ganpati shrine, beautiful gardens, paintings and murals on the walls narrating the king's bravery and chivalry and his hatred towards the British, and Tipu Sultan's summer palace.

Location: KR city market, Chamrajpet, Bangalore

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day (closed on Sunday)

Fees: INR 5 (Indian), INR 100 (foreigners).

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06

Channarayana Durga

Do forts, battles, conquests, formation, and destruction of kingdoms in the history excite you? If yes, then Channarayana Durga is the perfect trekking destination for you with a fort on the top of the hill which has witnessed rise and fall of several kingdoms.

The fort was built during the rule of the Gowdas and later taken over by the Marathas and the British later on. This is one of the Bangalore forts which is unknown to a lot of people in the country, don’t feel surprised if you find yourself climbing alone and the trek becomes more exciting as there are no signboards to guide the direction up to the hill but you have the option to hire villagers as your guides.

Location:
Koratagere, Tumkur district, Karnataka

Timings:
 Open 24 hours

Fees:
 No entry fee.

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07

Madhugiri Betta

If you are looking for adventurous yet fun-filled trekking then madhugiri betta (hill), is always ready to offer challenge and magnificent views to experience. This fort is known as the second largest monolith rock in Asia and that what makes it attracted to the visitors.

One can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole town from the top as the entire hill is surrounded by greenery. The height of the Madhugiri is likely to be around 4000 meters height as the locals said. This hill also has temples like Lord Venkataramana Swamy and Malleswara built by the great Vijayanagara dynasty rulers in the Dravidian style of architecture.

Location: Tumkur district, Karnataka

Timings: 8 am – 5 pm

Fees: No entry fee.

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08

Begur Fort

This historical gem in Bangalore is an 1100-year-old circular fort which was built and ruled by the Chola kingdom. The fort has been a prominent place during the rule of the Western Ganga dynasty. The coolest part about the fort is that it is the oldest reference to the city's name – Bengaluru.

The fort walls encircle a temple, a few old houses and a couple of nondescript structures of antiquity. The area is grassy and relatively empty with a lake nearby and you can explore all this with a picnic basket, a camera and a sense of adventure.

Location: Akshaya Residency, Akshayanagar, Bengaluru,  Karnataka

Timings: Open 24 hours

Fees: No entry fee.

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09

Chikkajala Fort

A 3000 years old Chikkajala fort is a mysterious structure which consists of a circular walled compound with a large pond or ‘Kalyani' in the centre.

This two-acre fort consists of a dilapidated dwelling and a huge hall supported by a number of stone pillars, a Pushkarni temple, and ruins of the fort. The pillars in the halls of the fort are of pre-Islamic style, but the temple is considerably more modern in outlook.

Location: Chikkajala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562157

Timings: Open 24 hours

Fees: No entry fee.

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Medigeshi Fort

This hilltop fort happens to be around 120 km from the Bangalore city on the Pavagada road and derives its name from the wife of one of the local leaders, Namireddy.

The forts in Bangalore are loved by all but Medigeshi fort gives adventure aspirants a chance to experience and mesmerize the beauty of trekking to the fort surrounded with lots of flora and fauna and animals too.

It's interesting to see that most of the fort is still intact after seeing many battles, and once on the top, you can see several artificial ponds, arsenals, rest areas, and a beautiful and intricately designed tomb.

Location: Madhugiri taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka

Timings: 10 am- 10 pm

Fees: No entry fee.

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Agnimitra Banerjee Nishani Motte Trek
Excellent
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
26 July 2018
Excellent
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
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Abhi Abhi Kudremukh Trek
Excellent
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n energetic guys. We never felt that this was a group trek with some strangers, it was a nice bonding experience n meet new people. It’s a must do for core trekkers.. tests your endurance n spirt. 22 kms to n fro.. if u think only climb would b difficult n u can come down easily your wrong.. the path is so narrow n tricks n will test you in each n evry corner. A sense of accomplishment after completing the trip successfully with lots of stories to tell around and eager to venture on the next one. Thanks a lot to Anupam n karthik who took such good care of us throughout the trip.. awesome hospitality. Would love trekking with you all again soon
15 August 2014
Rajinder Butt Kudremukh Trek
Excellent
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
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udit kumar Skandagiri Trek
Excellent
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
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Shanmuk Shanmuk Kudremukh Trek
Excellent
It's really wonderful, with stay and hosting. Totally liked it.
02 March 2021
Superb
Positive Trip was well organised. Pick up was on time. Cottage was decent and comfortable. Doodhsagar Trek was amazing. Trek Lead Randhir was always there for help. Bonfire was great. Not so positive There were 13 members but the vehicle arranged had only 12 seats. 4 people had to adjust in 3 seats in last row. It was mentioned that for the trek for half way Jeep will be provided and rest will be trek. However, there was no jeep facility. We did trek for 9kms ‘To’ and while coming back it 14kms way which would have been impossible to cover just by trek. Luckily we found alternative. Also, the next day due to crowd and fall in water level we missed the river rafting which was the main attraction of Dandeli. It was truly disappointing. Had we planned well, we wouldn’t have missed it may be. Overall it was a great experience. Thanks to Thrillophilia and Trek Lead.
01 March 2021
Excellent
I booked it for my husband , as it was his dream to fly a plane. And could say it was the best gift I was able to give him in our so long relationship. But make sure you book from thrillophilia , don't get cheated by other sites who offer same experience in double the amount.
28 February 2021
Superb
A wonderful & challenging trek - toughest that I have done in South India. The views & the environs at the top of Seshaparvatha were just thrilling. The trek had multitude of elements - forest, grasslands, rocks, a refreshing stream ... Plus the experience of staying in a tent, being in the lap of nature was wonderful The initial part of the trek till Girigadde (on day 1) was exhausting due to the heat and the humidity plus having to carry our luggage along with our tent & sleeping bag. But the second day was all mesmerizing - with that experience, we did not know tiresomeness at all. Few suggestions - 1. It would be great if the hotel where we stop for dinner is vegetarian - it will allow for inclusivity in the group 2. If arrangements could be done to get the tent & sleeping bag delivered at Girigadde, we do not have to carry it along, making the first day experience also enjoyable. Overall a pleasant experience and looking forward to many more
24 February 2021
Superb
Good place to have family, it can accommodate larger groups. Could have even organizers more activites in wider spread orchid area, pool is pretty good. Rain dance floor other activities was awesome and Peaceful place. You can spend a day with your family or friends peacefully. Food was decent in both veg and non veg are good. I personally recomend to everyone to visit and enjoy ur day with family or friends.. we enjoyed a lottttttttt.

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