June 7, 2013
While driving from Bangalore to Dharwad, I'd stopped at two forts- Sira and Bhasmangi, former is built on plain land while the latter is a hill fort. From Bhasmangi fort when you look towards north-east a hill range is visible.. in that area are several forts.. Ratnagiri, Gudibanda, Midigeshi and Madaksira. Towards the south of this group of forts is Madhugiri fort and in the north is Pavagada fort. One of the villagers at Bhasmangi had asked me to visit Ratnagiri but time was a constraint... some other day.
December 28, 2015
I set out from Tumkur with a plan to visit three forts. Done with Channarayanadurga, we headed towards Midigeshi, however on the way I decided to visit Ratnagiri first and turned towards Rolla village. Rolla is about 4 kms from Karnataka-Andhra border and 2 kms from Rolla is Ratnagiri, a small village with lot of history. The village is surrounded by ruin of fort and moat but the main fort is on the rocky hill. My cabby Vinayak drove towards the hill, the road ended on the village outskirts near a Jain temple and an temple with a Kalyani.. from here I'd to proceed on foot. Few villagers were hanging around, they looked kind of unemployed. I asked one of them if he could show me the fort but he refused.. seemed unfriendly. I decided to move on..
I went past the fort wall and saw another Kalyani (towards left edge of this picture) much larger than the one seen earlier. Further away on the base of this hill were ruins of temples which looked Vijayanagara style. A day ago, I'd mentioned today's plan to my school friends, one of them had asked me to take pictures of the large Kalyani and share it with him. So this should be his Kalyani.. I decided to climb thee hill first and on the way back stop at the Kalyani.