Jan 3, 2011

Parasgad Fort

...driving from Aminbhavi, as we neared Saundatti, we could see Yellammanagudda to our right. The fort sits on the top with a portion of the wall right on the edge. I was thinking of taking a right towards of the base of the hill and climb up instead we stopped to check the correct approach... go to Saundatti, go towards Yellamma temple and ask for helipad, the fort is close to the helipad. Perfect directions.

We had but tickets @ 2 per head. We were welcomed by the couple of black-faced monkeys leaping around. The fort is in ruins. The place does attract visitors, mostly pilgrims to visit a spring pond just outside the fort on the other side ...the side we saw from Aminbhavi-Saundatti road. I missed taking pictures of the enterance... you'll have to manage with this video.

...past the twisty gateway designed to slow down movement.

Inside it's open ground and few partly standing walls. We followed the heavily tread path...

This image of Lord Hanuman is unique. I've never seen anything like this before. Three teenage boys were the only other visitors other. They were chatting away non-stop, just like us, I could not make out the tongue they spoke. Chetan told me it was Pategari, a mix of Kannada, Hindi, Marathi, Lamani and few words of their own.

Little further the path goes down hill gradually and we enter a shallow rocky valley. The Pategar boys stop, waiting for us to take the lead. They were scared of a bunch of red-faced monkeys.

This was one the most friendly of the lot. He was chewing away some sort of grass trying to quench his thirst from the moisture in it.

Someone remarked his haircut is stylish. The gateway in the background is the most intact part of this fort. This the path down the hill to the base.

The western sky. Middle of the picture is the Aminbhavi-Saundatti road.

Shri Yamanuru Raja Baksha Devastana. Get blessings. We did not go in but we could see a small pool of water. The place stank of bat droppings.

We were on a narrow ledge with a 20 feet fall. The rock overhang was a good shelter for soldiers guarding the fort's gateway. The place gave a good view of the surrounding plains and the approach to the hill.

The only bastion sitting on the edge.

Neelkant, Chetan and Veeresh.

We could see a small temple further down the stairway but we chose to skip it and turn back.

Pategar boys stuck to us until we were out of the monkey's domain. We devited from the regular path and climbed up the step like rock formations.

We were inspecting a fort within a fort. The structure is an enclosure with four bastions connected by four walls. As you see it's crumbling away.

We took the narrow gateway out and few steps ahead Veeresh spotted a snake skin ...completely intact. We could make out the eyes also.

Check out this video, it's interesting to see Veeresh lifting the snake-skin.

It's still at our office.

The bastions of Parasgad fort.

There are few things we did miss seeing ...the temple and the spring pond on the western side. Hope to visit again.

We moved on to Hooli from here, the last destination of the day.

Parasgad Fort coordinates: 15°44'21"N 75°7'42"E



Syn-chemist said...

Thanks for the details. I think many people from Saundatti may not be aware about this fort.

I appreciate your efforts, I quote Gandhiji- "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will", yo have indomitable will, keep it up...

siddeshwar said...

Your comments are like fuel to my will Dr.Umesh.

Raúl Arnáiz said...

Your journeys are great, Siddeshwar!
Today I have seen your whole blog and the places that you has visited are amazing!

Thanks for share your photos and grettings from the far Spain.

siddeshwar said...

Thank you Raúl. Greetings to you from Karnataka. Please visit India sometime.

Anonymous said...

How to reach Saundatti from Bangalore? how long does it take to reach Saundatti ? where to stay in Saundatti?They have hotels to stay ? please give me some information. i am a photographer, after seeing your site i want ot visit this place.

siddeshwar said...

Urvashi, Here's the route- Bangalore > Dharwad (420 kms) Saundatti (45 kms) > Parasgad fort (6 kms). Saundatti may have small lodges but suggest you check into a hotel in Dharwad. If you need any further info, please send an email.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information, please tell me what all are there to see in Saundatti? which is the best month to visit . Thank you.

siddeshwar said...

You are welcome. At Saundatti you can see Saundatti fort and nearby are two more places- Yellamma temple & Naviltheerth dam. I guess September to January weather would be friendly.