view of madhugiri town from the fort on the hilltop

Madhugiri, Karnataka, India

Madhugiri Fort

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Asia's Largest Monolithic Fort

Madhugiri Fort, located in the town of Madhugiri in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, is a historic hill fort known for its architectural and historical significance.

The fort is renowned for its impressive architecture and strategic location atop a monolithic hill, making it one of the largest monolithic forts in Asia.

view of madhugiri fort on the hill surrounded with big rocks

The fort is characterized by steep rock walls, gateways, bastions, and a series of concentric fortifications that were built during different periods.

It has a rich history dating back to the Ganga dynasty in the 17th century and later ruled by the Vijayanagara Empire, Nayakas, Marathas, and Tipu Sultan. Each ruler contributed to the fort's expansion and development, leaving behind various structures and inscriptions that tell the tale of its past.

Sweeping Vistas

The trek to the top of the hill involves navigating steep rock-cut steps, narrow pathways, and tunnels, offering a thrilling and scenic ascent. The panoramic views from the summit are a reward for the effort, with sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside.

view of madhugiri town from the fort on the hilltop

The best time to visit Madhugiri Fort is during the winter and post-monsoon months, from November to February and from September to October. The weather is cooler and more comfortable for trekking during this time. Monsoon season, from June to August, can be slippery and risky due to rainfall, while summers can be scorching.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Bengaluru, Karnataka

flightKempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru - 100 Kilometers

directions_carBengaluru - 107 Kilometers via SH 3 and NH 48

trainTumkur Railway Station - 43 Kilometers

madhugiri rock hill as viewed from the madhugiri town

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