December 29, 2014
Discovered while scanning area surrounding Pavagada in Google terrain; estimated height of Nidgal Betta was 200 meters. Its a stepped hill; roughly half way up is a small plateau with ruins of a fort and the upper half of the hill is a peak. Nidgal fort occupies plains and slopes of the hill. Within the fort walls are ruins of a palace, few temples with inscriptions and water tanks. Rampart walls are built on slopes.
I reached Nidgal village around 8 AM, stopped at Rama temple, spoke to few elderly folks who appointed three teenage boys as my guides - Nagesh, Naveen, and Thippesh. Rama temple is situated on the hill's base, very close to it a paved path leading to the fort gateway. It wasn't easy walking on the paved path because it was uneven.. probably a flooring was laid down over the paved surface which has decayed over time. The first gateway was an high arch, half kilometer later was the second gateway with a security office.
Chandragutti fort in Shimoga district.
Another flight of rough-cut steps with a gateway (see inset) at the end. My guides were an energetic bunch.. I was happy that I could keep up with them most times. However, I wasn't as nimble as these youngsters.
Fort Nidgal - part 2.