Mirjan Fort - Karnataka


The Mirjan Fort is located on the west coast of the Uttara Kannada district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The fort known for its architectural elegance was the location of several battles in the past. Mirjan fort which is situated in Kumta taluk has been built by Diwan Mirza Ismail. The view of beautiful cities and rivers,from the top of the fort gives you immense pleasure. It is about 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) from the National Highway 17 and 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Gokarna, the famous Hindu pilgrimage centre on the west coast of India. According to the first historical version, Queen Chennabhairadevi of Gersoppa (under the Vijayanagara Empire) was initially credited with building the Mirjan Fort in the 16th century. She ruled for 54 years and also lived in the fort. During her reign, the port at Mirjan, which is 32 kilometres (20 mi) to the south east of Karwar, was used for shipping pepper, saltpetre and betel nut to Surat. Gersoppa, a district annexed to Bednur, was famous for the pepper exported from this region. Consequently, the Portuguese gave the epithet "Rani, the Pepper queen" to the Queen of Gersoppa.

Best time to Visit:
August to April

What to see?
Bastian, Fortification, Water cisterns.

Water and Food
No water and food available at fort.

Stay / Accommodation
There is  place to stay on fort.

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Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort 

Mirjan Fort

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Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort - Karnataka


Kittur is a fort located in the Karnataka state of India. Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort is a great Historical Monument in Karnataka and also a major Tourist Attraction in Karnataka. The small town Kittur is known worldwide for the Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort. Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort is situated at a distance of 50 kilometers from Belgaum and from Dharwad it is located at a distance of 32 kilometers. Kittur is a small town and an interesting tourist spot because of its old palaces, monuments and statues. The Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort stands as an evidence of the great Freedom struggle that was led by Rani Chennamma. Kittur is also important as an archaeological site. The Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort stands as a symbol of bravery and women's pride.
Kittur also has many important forts other than the Chennamma Rani Fort. The other monuments of Kittur have been taken care of and are being renovated. The monuments of Kittur and the Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort in Kittur in Karnataka in India reflect the historical evidences that have taken place in the town during the bygone eras. Kittur Chennamma Rani Fort of Kittur stands as reminiscence to the great deed that Rani Chennamma did for the country. Rani Chennamma led the revolt against British far ahead of the 1857 revolt. Rani Chennamma led the revolt against the British after the introduction of the Doctrine of Lapse.
A museum is also present in Kittur which exhibits some antique pieces like swords, shields, wooden doors, mail-coat etc.
Kittur although a small place has gained a high prominence in the pages of history because of Rani Chennamma and her initiative to freed the country from the British rule. The monuments and the forts speak highly of the historical prominence of the place. The Kittur Chennamma Fort in Karnataka in India is also noticed because of its high architectural brilliance and value. A tourist who is on a tour to Karnataka must visit the Kittur Chennamma Fort and get the feel of the bravery and pride that Rani Chennamma has shown in her deeds.

Best time to Visit:
September to April

What to see?
Bastian, Fortification, Water cisterns, Musuem.

Water and Food
Water is available inside fort but no food. There are food stalls and hotels outside fort.

Stay / Accommodation
No place to stay on the Fort. Once can stay in Belgaum city or in Dharwad.

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Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

Kittur or Chennamma Rani Fort

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Belgaum Fort - Karnataka


Belgaum Fort, is located in the city of Belgaum, in the Belgaum district, in Karnataka state, India. It was built by Jaya Raya, also called Bichi Raja, an ally of the Ratta Dynasty, in the year 1204 AD. It has undergone several renovations over the centuries under different dynastic rulers of the region. The fort, built with fine ramparts and a large moat, has a rich history with several historical and religious monuments dated to the Adil Shahi dynasty. It is also notable in modern history because Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned by the British in this fort during India’s freedom struggle.
History
The fort’s history is traced to the Ratta Dynasty with lineage to the Rashtrakuta Dynasty, (earlier chieftains of Saundatti who later shifted their capital to Belgaum), Vijayanagara emperors, Bijapur Sultans or Bahmanis, Marathas (Shivaji and Peshwas), and finally by the British in that order. Prior to Rattas, Shatavahanas, Chalukyas and Kadambas from Goa have also ruled over the region. The Belgaum fort belonged to the Ratta dynasty from the time it was built in 1204 AD by a Ratta officer named Bichiraja. Belgaum the city around the fort served as the capital of that dynasty between 1210 AD and 1250 AD. Rattas were defeated by the Yadava Dynasty of Devagiri and they briefly controlled the fort. At the turn of the 14th century, the Khiljis of Delhi invaded the region and succeeded in ruining both the indigenous powers of the region, the Yadava and the Hoysalas without providing a viable administration. This lacuna was made good by the Vijayanagara Empire, which had become the established power of the area by 1336 AD.
In 1474 AD, the Bahmani Sultanate, then ruling from Bidar, captured the fort of Belgaum under the leadership of Mahamood Gawan. Thereafter, in 1518 AD, the Bahamani Sultanate split up into five small states, and Belgaum became part of the Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur. The Ismail Adil Shah of Adilshahi dynasty reinforced the fort with the help of Asad Khan Lari (a Persian from the province of Lar) and much of the existing structures dates from 1519 AD.
In Belgaum, the rule of Adilshahs' began in the times of Ismail Adil Shah. As Asad Khan Lari, who was a Persian from the province of Lar, assisted Ismail in the battle for the fort, was conferred with Belgaum as his jagir in 1511 AD (in 1519 AD, Asad Khan completed the Masjid Safa in the Belgaum fort).
In 1686, the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb defeated the Bijapur sultanate, and Belgaum came under his control. This was a short-lived control because after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, the Mughal empire's control declined. With this changed situation, the Maratha confederacy, was taken over by the Peshwas. In 1776, Hyder Ali of Mysore won over this region, but only for a short period. The Peshwas, with British assistance, defeated Hyder Ali and regained control of Belgaum. With changed circumstances over the years, the same British attacked the Belgaum fort, which was under Peshwas control, and held it under siege from 21 March to 12 April 1818, and took control of the fort and deposed the Peshwas. Shivalinga Raju, the Kittur Desai, helped the British in this attack on the fort. As a reward, the British allowed Desai to rule over the Belgaum town and the fort.

Best time to Visit:
September to April

What to see?
Bastian, Fortification, Water cisterns, Ganesha & goddess Durga Temple, Two Jain temples inside the fort in Kamal Basti.

Water and Food
Water is available inside fort but no food. Food available outside fort.

Stay / Accommodation
No place to stay on the Fort. Once can stay in Belgaum city.

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Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort

Belgaum Fort




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