March 9, 2012
Guess what comes to my mind when I think of Sandur? The answer is Puttanna Kanagal's movie Manasa Sarovara. To my knowledge the entire movie was shot around Sandur. The movie is excellent and I've watched it several times though it has a sad ending. Some of the fascinating scenes were shot at the Naari Halla, the reservoir with two massive rocks formations.
The movie scenes have water but during our visit..
In the movie, the lead character (by Srinath) says Nari Halla is not a fitting name for such a beautiful place, instead it must be called Manasa Sarovara. Indeed the place was amazing back in 80s. Well now, the drive through these hills was an hellish experience! Thanks to the noise and air pollution created by mining tippers. Anyway, I hope to see this reservoir full during my next visit.
We were coming from Bellary, as we drove down the hill road I had noticed ruins atop a hill to our right. During the stop, I checked the hill top through my telephoto lens. yes, it was ruins. Ah, another fort to the list - that would be Ramana Kote or Hosamaledurga. However, we may not be able to go up there because of time constraint.
Finding Sandur fort wasn't difficult because it's located right next to the state highway. Here we are looking at the fort's main entrance.
Our hosts suggested we see the side entrance of this fort. We walked along the southern wall and came to this low and narrow passage close to the south-western corner.
Here's the video by Malatesh.
Sandur fort coordinates: 15°5'43"N 76°33'16"E