Mar 5, 2009

Manjarabad Fort

Manjarabad fort is one of the smallest forts I've seen. Like most forts, it's situated on a hillock close to Sakleshpur. The climb to the top is a short one and the view from the top is wonderful... just green all around.

A bit about this fort from Wikipedia- Manjarabad fort is located just outside of Sakleshpur on National Highway 48. The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location as it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpur from the coast. It is also believed that he had constructed a tunnel from this fort to another fort in Srirangapattana near Mysore.

The fort is on one level unlike other forts which are multi-level. This seems cross-shaped pit with steps leading into it seems to be an ancient well, probably the only source of water in the fort.

These are all my cousins. Coming from the top- Vinay, Vineet, Rohin, me, Siddesh, Vivek, Pavitra, Manasi and Sushant.

We spent about an hour exploring the fort and then as the sun came beating down on us, we decided to head back to Dhamangundi Estate, Ballupet.


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