This about lesser known place located in Jagalur Taluk of Davanagere District . This place is known as "Kilah Kanakuppa" . This fort was built by Palegars of Chitradurga . Erstwhile town of Jagalur was located inside the fort . Few decades back people moved out of the fort and three new villages were formed , namely Jagalur (current), Kilah Kanakuppa and Kanakuppa. Jagalur today is the Taluk Headquarter .
Kilah Kanakuppa is a largely fortified town . But it lacks the complexity of Chitradurga fort . The main fortification cover three small hillocks . The important aspect of the fort is an area encompassed inside the fort walls .Another aspect is that, the fort has just one outer wall .The boundaries of the fort by itself act as natural defense from enemies .
Direction from Bangalore : Bangalore- NH4- Chitradurga-NH13 till Jagalur Cross (30kms from Chitradurga) take left -SH45-Jagalur- SH45 Kanakuppa Cross (4kms from Jagalur)- take left -Kanakuppa. Total Distance from Bangalore - around 240 kms .
|The Fort and the Hillocks|
Villagers here are quite helpful and will eagerly show one the fort . But there are a lot of Sloth bears in the area of fort according to them . But one can avoid such areas. Much of the fortification still remain . Most interesting point is that of rain water harvesting system, which is so evident across the different regions of the fort. Its just not here but many forts have developed or felt the necessity of rain water harvesting .
|Direction to pond|
|The First of the many ponds|
|Second of the many ponds|
|The third one and so on!|
|Entrance from the Kilah Kanakuppa|
|Inside view of Entrance|
|The Kanakuppa entrance from inside|
|The Kanakuppa entrance from outside|
|Viragals or Hero stones kept outside the temple|
|Pair of Dusky Crag Martins|
|Temple viewed from the top of the fort|
|Top portion of fort on one hill|
|Top portion of the fort on another hill|
|Note the carvings on the right side pillar of the entrance|
|Highest point of the fort|
|Final view of Fort|
Trip Date: 18 July 2010
Places near by : Chitradurga Fort , Chandravalli gardens, Jogi matti , Uchchangipura fort , Uchchangidurga fort , Ujjaini Temple , Ramdurga Fort , many more