Channarayanadurga, a village having a hill fortress is at a distance of 95 km from Bengaluru. It is one of the nava-durgas (‘nine-forts’) around Bengaluru. This 1139m hill was fortified by Channapa Gauda, a chief of Madhugiri in about the middle 17th century and was later taken by the Marathas. It was also under the control of the Mysore Rajas during whose regime the name of the place was changed to Prassannagiri. In one of the inscriptions, dated 1766, the hill is called Channarayanadurga.
Successive wars with Mysore ruler Haider Ali and his son and successor Tipu Sultan resulted in vast tracts of land passing into British control. Small but strong fort surrendered to troops commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell on 23 July 1791. Control was officially ceded to the British by the Treaty of Seringapatam (Srirangapatna) at the conclusion of the war in 1792.
The walk uphill is on a steep rocky slope. The ruins of this majestic fort is inquisitively structured with ancient temple, dungeons, granaries and other ancient structures. A day trek or camping in the fort is an exclusive experience.
Rainfall-Pre monsoon rains in May. Southwest monsoon in June-September. North –East monsoon in October.
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