While scanning the hills around Tallur a fort was discovered, it was equidistant from Tallur and Somapur. Also, I had read about a megalithic tomb in the vicinity of Tallur. I had seen Tallur during my visit to Subapur fort.
October 20, 2012
Malatesh and I set off in search of a slab with prehistoric drawings near Navil Theerth dam, Saundatti. The slab was discovered by a well known archaeologist during excavations at the dam site. We searched few probable locations with help from folks living in a village nearby. Sadly the search efforts went in vain but we visited Ramlingeshwar Gudi and explored Navil Theerth gorge. Then we decided to head towards Tallur with a hope of finding the megalithic tomb and Somapur fort.
At Tallur, we stopped near Tallur Desai's fort. We inquired with village folks if they were aware of a megalithic tomb in or around Tallur. No, there's no such thing here :-( When we checked about the fort, they confirmed its existence. It's called as Halae Somapur fort. We wsked if there's anyone who take us there. One of the men asked an old man if he could show us the fort. Yes, and our guide Fakirappa was ready to leave.
The path starts near Tallur Desai's vaadae, in fact exactly behind it. On the village outskirts are two ancient wells.
After a 20 minute walk, ruins of the fort came into view. Fakirappajja was a silent type, spoke only when spoken to. He moved at a constant pace, in fact we were struggling to keep up with him.
Here's a short video of the fort and hills-
Walk back to Tallur was slightly easy because we were going downhill. At the village we refill our water bottles at Fakirappajja's home, thank him and say bye.
This is how the villages and forts are spread out. The area between Tallur and Somapur is hilly.