Forts in and Around Dharwad

Dharwad is renowned for its historical monuments, temples and sculptures and visitors travel to this place to capture the old charm of this 900 year old town among the existing structures and edifices which stands tall to this day. Dharwad district does not have any forts within its sub divisions but there are forts located very close to the town in neighboring cities and districts. Belgaum, which is about 40 kilometers from Dharwad, has quite a few forts worth visiting.

Kittur Fort Near Dharwad

Among the forts, Kittur fort in the town of Kittur, bordering Belgaum is a heritage and archaeological site. This fort is also popular as Kittur Chennamma fort and it derives its name from the great freedom fighter Rani Chenamma of Kittur. After the famous doctrine of lapse, Rani Chennamma initiated a fight for freedom from British rule in 1824 before the battle or sepoy mutiny of 1857 gave way to the actual freedom struggle. There are also a few historic monuments and sites in Kittur but most lay in ruins. This fort is however under renovation process.

A museum is housed on the premises of Kittur Chennamma fort which is supervised and controlled by state department of archaeology in Karnataka. The museum stores and displays rare collection of contemporary paintings, headstones of Lord Vishnu and Surya from Kadrolli as well as Devarashigehalli , Durga idol from Hirebagewadi, Subramanya from Manoli and other relics from excavations carried on in this region.

Forts in and around Dharwad

Parasgad Fort near Dharwad

Parasgad fort is also an ancient fort atop a hill in Belgaum district, established by rulers of Ratta dynasty around 10th century near Saundatti village. Adjacent to the fort, an old temple houses the Hindu idol of Maruthi whereas the fort lies in ruins with no inhabitants except the houses which still exist abandoned by residents long ago. Yadravi village below the fort contains a cave with shrines and relics of Hindu gods and goddesses and engravings dating back to 901 Shaka as per the ancient Hindu calendar.

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