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Manjarabad Fort Sakleshpur History

Welcome to Manjarabad Fort Sakleshpur. Just a few KMs away from Sakleshpur taluk center in Hassan district. The fort is built on a hilltop on the Bangalore-Mangalore National Highway. Read the below article of Manjarabad fort history.

The fort is at an elevation of 988 m above sea level. The fort, which stands at 3393 feet and 252 stairs, is a “staircase” and “Giridurga” with a star-shaped unique technique. The protection of the fort was one of the most memorable monuments in the entire district, with the exception of the 1956 Archaeological Survey of India, which provided proper protection and recruitment of expert guides. This fort, with a unique dungeon technique, styled only 60 percent of the fortress, maintains a great deal of strength. The Tiger Sultan of Mysore probably records the construction of the fort in AD 1785 and stopped the day and completed in 1792 AD. The fort was originally built on an artificial hill named Manjabad Fort.

Manjarabad Fort Sakaleshpur History - Entrance view of Manjarabad fort

Manjarabad Fort Sakaleshpur History- Entrance view of Manjarabad fort

We see that the king’s monarchs have been conducting history throughout the history of securing a valuable fortune for securing the last protection when the enemy invades the capital. It is said that this Manjirabad Fort was a valuable fort of Tipu who made such a defense.

Click here to read in Kannada language.

Reasons for the Fort were built in the name of Manjarabad

1) This place was a strategic place to stop the attacks of British, Nizam and Marathas.

2) Hyderali and Tipu Sultan wanted to secure Mangalore Port as a naval base. During his reign, the port was still handover to British rulers. It was in the strategic area between Mangalore and Srirangapatna that the fort was built on the hill.

3) In 1784, Tippu fought the British and became the medium of communication in the port of Mangalore. Tippu, who had often traveled to Mangalore, came from Belthangady and stayed at Bhalam (now Ihuru). He was aware of this place and decided to build a fort here.

4) Tippu was mainly aesthetic. It looks like this is a place where you can see the imposing beauty of the castle, surrounded by a mesmerizing staircase and surrounded by a mirror. This fort was created in an octagonal shape. The fortresses of Jamalabad, Bangalore and Dindigul built by Tipu are not exactly the exact same point in the fort. There may be stubbornness, lush style, and octagonal decoration.

Sakleshpur to Manjarabad Fort Distance

If you are the first time visitor, welcome to sakleshpur and also called as Malenada Siri (A beautiful greenery). Manjarabad fort distance from Bangalore is around 230KMs on the way to Mangalore, located in between the BM road (NH 75).

Manjarabad Fort sakleshpur History - manjarabad fort location distance

Manjarabad Fort sakleshpur History – manjarabad fort location distance

How to reach Manjarabad Fort Sakleshpur

  • Get down at sakleshpur bus station or railway station
  • Distance from sakleshpur to Manjarabad fort is around 10 kms.
  • Come out of the station, you will find Autos outside, go and ask Auto driver to take to Manjarabad Fort (Donigal stop)
  • Get down at Donigal stop, and the immediate left side you can find a way to Manjarabad Fort entrance.
  • There you have to climb around 250 steps to reach the fort.

Advice for Manjarabad Fort sakleshpur Visitors

  • Carry the drinking water, because you’ll be definitely tired after climbing the steps.
  • Please maintain the cleanness, don’t throw wastages. Keeping this place clean is essential to the visitors and they will continue maintaining.
  • Don’t stay after 6 pm, because there will be full of dark and no lights. It’s dangerous also guards will not let you stay after sunset.

Manjarabad Fort Video at Monsoon Season

Tourist Places to Visit in Karnataka

Karnataka is located in the southwestern region of India. It is one of the most beautiful state of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956. At the time state was named as the State of Mysore. Later it was renamed to Karnataka in 1973. Karnataka is the 7th largest state in India in terms of area and it has 30 districts. Kannada is an official language of Karnataka. 1st of November is celebrated as the Kannada Rajyotsava (Formation of Karnataka). Here I have listed the best tourist places to visit in Karnataka, India.

Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka and is known as the Silicon Valley, name reveals Bangalore’s status as a hub for information technology companies in India. Also one of the fastest growing states in the country. Karnataka state has 2 international and 13 domestic airports.

Rivers in Karnataka

Rivers in Karnataka India

Rivers in Karnataka India

Karnataka filled with natural diversities. The rivers in Karnataka are a source of water for drinking, household, and agriculture purposes. These are some of the largest rivers in the state and drain towards the Bay of Bengal. Kaveri (Cauvery) also called Dakshina Ganga, is one of the largest rivers in Karnataka state and originates from the district of Coorg (Kodagu). It is called as Talakaveri, a famous pilgrimage and tourist places in Coorg (Kodagu). There are many cool places to visit in Karnataka and check the below list of rivers name and their located district.

  • Kaveri – Coorg (Kodagu)
  • Tungabhadra – Chikmagalur
  • Penner – Chikkaballapura
  • Kali – Uttara Kannada
  • Palar – Kolar
  • Arkavati – Chikkaballapura
  • Bhadra – Chikmagalur
  • Chakra – Udupi
  • Gangavalli – Dharwad
  • Malaprabha – Belgaum
  • Kumaradhara – Dakshina Kannada
  • Mandovi – Belgaum
  • Netravati – Chikmagalur
  • Ponnaiyar – Chikkaballapur
  • Sharavathi – Shimoga
  • Shimsha Tumkur
  • Tunga – Chikmagalur
  • Varada – Shimoga

List of Best Tourist Places to Visit in Karnataka

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Karnataka

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Karnataka

Karnataka state is one of the main tourist destinations. Major cities are Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mysoru (Mysore), Hubballi (Hubli), Mangaluru (Mangalore) and Belgaum. According to population Bengaluru is a number one city. Here we have listed some of the best places you must visit.

  • Agumbe
  • Aihole and Pattadakallu Monuments
  • Badami Rocks
  • Bandipur National Parks
  • Bangalore palace
  • Belur and Halebidu Temples
  • Bidar and many more.
  • Bidar Fort
  • Chikmagalur Coffee estate
  • Chitradurga
  • Dandeli
  • Dharmasthala
  • Gokarna and Karwar Beach
  • Gol Gumbaz Tomb
  • Gommateshvara Statue
  • Gulbarga
  • Hampi Bazaar
  • Jog and Sivasamudram Waterfall
  • Jog falls, Shimoga
  • Krishna Raja Sagara and Tungabhadra Dam
  • Kudremukh and Mulayyanagiri Peak
  • Kuduremukha
  • Aranya dhama Kushalnagar
  • Golden Temple Kushalnagar
  • Lalbagh and Brindavan Gardens
  • Madikeri (Coorg)
  • Mahindra resorts Coorg
  • Majarabad fort Sakaleshpur
  • Murudeshwara Temple & beach
  • Mysore Palace
  • Mysore Zoo
  • Nagarhole
  • Regional & Wax Museum Mysore
  • Talakaveri Coorg
  • Thala kaveri Coorg
  • Udupi Temple
  • Water falls in Coorg
  • Wonder la Bangalore

Places to Visit in Kushalnagar within 50 KMs

Kushalnagar is a place in Somavarpet taluk which is in the Kodagu District. This is the place I visited on my vacation. One of my favorite place to visit and stay. There are many beautiful places to visit in Kushalnagar Madikeri within 50 KMs and listed below. Kushalnagr is 235 KMs away from Bengaluru which is situated at the height of 830 meters mean sea level. Kushal Nagar is largest city in Somavarpet taluk. According to 2011 census population of the city is 26,487.

The city is situated in the east of the Kodagu District on the bank of the Kaveri River. In pre-independence time Kushal Nagara known as the Fraser Town, named after Colonel Fraser, who was political agent of British in Coorg State around 1834.

Places to Visit in Kushalnagar within 50 KMs

The weather condition is Kushal Nagar is unique in the District, It is not as cold as Madikeri and not as hot as Mysore, this has made Kushal Nagar distinctive place in the district. Bylakuppe in the Kushal Nagara is a Tibetan camp and locally known as the Tibet Camp. Ex-chief minister of Karnataka Shri Gundurao hails from this very city. The city is located on the National Highway number 275 which connects Mangalore and Bangalore. Bylukuppe is five to six kilometer away from Kushalnagar, but it is in Mysore District.

1. Kaveri Nisargadhama Forest

Nisarga Dhama Kuhsalnagar

Nisarga Dhama Kuhsalnagar

Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island situated in Kaveri River. It is 2 KM away from the Kushal Nagara State highway. Kaveri Nisargadhama is State run forest resort, in this island one can see deer, elephants, peacocks and other wild animals. Visitors are allowed to take elephant ride around the Nisargadhama which is unforgettable life time event. We can access the Kaveri Nisargadhama through the bridge, which connects the island with main land and helps visitors to cross mighty Kaveri River.

2. Dubare Elephant Camp Kushalnagar

Dubare is famous for elephant camp. Dubaare camp is run by Karnataka State Forest Department. Elephants for Mysure Dasara were trained here, Dubare is 4 KM away from the Kushalanagara. Dubare is situated in between Kushal Nagara and Siddapur. Dubare is on the banks of Kaveri River. View of wild Asiatic elephants are common around the Camp, tiger, leopards, deer’s, wild dogs can be seen from Dubare. Crocodiles can be seen around the river.

Dubare Elephant Camp Kushalnagar

Dubare Elephant Camp Kushalnagar

Dubare also offers trekking, fun fishing and river rafting by state run forest department. Tibetan Golden temple in Kodagu: The Tibetan Monastery is located 6 KM away from Kushal Nagara. This settlement is second largest settlement Tibetan settlement outside the Tibet. After Chinese invasion Tibetan Monastery established here in the year 1972, today it serves around 7000 monks and students. This place attracts not only Tibetans but also tourists in and around the world. Major attraction here is 40 feet tall golden Buddha statue. One can find shopping places which sells traditional Tibetan ornaments and dresses.  Dubaare also offers trekking, fun fishing and river rafting by state run forest department. Check the below my clicks.

3. Tibetan Golden temple

Golden Temple Kushalanagar

Golden Temple Kushalanagar

The Tibetan Monastery is located 6 KM away from Kushal Nagara. This settlement is second largest settlement Tibetan settlement outside the Tibet. After Chinese invasion Tibetan Monastery established here in the year 1972, today it serves around 7000 monks and students. This Golden temple place attracts not only Tibetans but also tourists in and around the world. Major attraction here is 40 feet tall golden Buddha statue. One can find shopping places which sells traditional Tibetan ornaments and dresses. People usually talk Kodava , Kannada , Are Bhashe, Urdu, Malayalam , Tulu in and around the Kushala Nagar city.

4. Harangi Reservoir

Harangi Dam Kushalnagar

Harangi Dam Kushalnagar

Harangi dam built across the Harangi River, which originates at the Pushpagiri Hills, dam is situated in Hudugur Village which is 9 KM away from heart of the Kushal Nagara City. Harangi is tributary of the Kaveri River. Harangi joins Kaveri near Kudige in Somavarpet taluk.

Belur and Halebid Temple – Places to visit in Hassan

I am from Malenadu and my place is very close to the beautiful place called Sakleshpur. Belur is just 35KMs far from my place and here is my latest talk about the Belur and Halebid Temple – Places to visit in Hassan. As we take name of Beluru, we remember the Hoysala Dynasty. They ruled part of Karnataka State from 11th century AD to 14th century AD.  Earliest inscription which provide information about Hoysala is Madale Inscription near Beluru. Beluru City is famous for the Hoysala Architecture. The city situated 221 KM away from Capital of Karnataka State that is Bengaluru, 22 km away from Hassan, at the elevation of 975 meters above the mean sea level. Beluru is also a state protected heritage site. Recently government proposed for World Heritage Site tag.

Belur and Halebid Temple. The most beautiful places to visit in Hassan

Beluru recognised in the world map for its famous Chennakeshava Temple. Beluru is in Hassan District and also have Municipal Council as local administrative body. Beluru is famous for its Hoysala or Vesara style of construction of temples. It was earliest capital of Hoysala Empire.

Main Characteristics of this Architecture are, as follows

  • Temples are constructed 5 feet above the land, on stellar architecture.
  • Stellar Architecture is wider than the temple, Pradakshina Patha around the temple at outside.
  • For the purpose of construction smoother soap stone is used, than harder granite, it is easy for sculptures and can decorate with minute details.
  • In Hoysala temples Sanctum, sanctorum, Navaranga and Gopuram’s are important part of the temples.
  • For Sunlight to enter temple premises provided with Jali’s.
  • No cementing material is used in the construction of Temples.
  • Beautifully decorated pillars are another feature of the Hoysala or Vesara style of architecture. They are studded with minute and great details of sculpture.
  • All these features are incorporated in Beluru Chennakeshava temple

Beluru Chennakeshava Temple:

This is a very famous temple among the temples which were constructed by the Hoysala’s. As we step inside the temple Rajagopura welcomes us. This great structure constructed by Kings of Vijayanagara Kingdom. Construction of this temple begin in the year 1117 AD by Vishnuvardhana. His guru Ramanujaacharya ordered Vishnuvardhana to construct this temple. Temple construction is commemorated in the remembrance of victory over Cholas.Chennakeshava or lesser known name Vijaya Narayana Temple situated on the banks of Yagachi River.(It is tributary of Hemavati River) Chennakeshava temple is Eekakuta temple.

Since Lord Vishnu took Mohini avatara and came to this place, Beluru also known as Bhu-Vaikuntka, and in this remembrance same make up will done to Chennakeshava too, with nose stud, necklace and other dresses. Main attraction of whole complex are ,pillar’s .There are 42 pillar’s among them four inside the shrine, rest situated outside of temple. Among all the pillars Narasimha pillar is famous, beautifully carved out, in this pillar Narasimha (Incarnation of Lord Vishnu) slaying the demon Hiranyakashipu, artisan never forget to depict intestines of Hiranyakashipu. Earlier days due ball-bearings the Narasimha pillar was rotatable, but as of now it is normal as of other pillars. All pillars having Madanika, and are performing various activities, someone beating drum and someone performing music. Among all madanika’s  Darpana Sundari (The girl who is looking into Mirror) is famous one. Pointer toe of Darpana Sundari in both of her legs are smaller than middle toe, according to Hindu Mythology girl who is having such fingers are, beautiful but furious. Kannada’s famous poet D.V .Gundappa wrote bunch of poems called  “Antapura Baalike”  regarding these madanika’s. The Gopura or Vimana over the shrine lost, over the time, Though Mysure Wodeyar Dynasty built gopuram on top of the temple, but these gopuram bytes dust during British era, British never shown any interest to rebuild them.Typical Hoysala Vimana raises step by step, not  a sudden raise as in North Indian structures.

We can enter temple from three sides, means temple have 3 main entrance doors, each door is decorated with pair of dwarapalakas at either side. In Hindu mythology it is believed that in Vaikunta is home of Vishnu and front doors are guarded by Jaya and Vijaya at either sides of the entrance, same thing is defined by sculptures since temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Inside the temple complex there exists four temples. In centre Chennakeshava temple, and is facing east side. Kappe Channigararaya temple is east of Chennakeshava and Soumyanayaki (form of Laxmi) is left of the Chennakeshava temple, on left of Soumyanayaki temple, Ranganayaki temple is situated. Temple complex contains two main Sthambha.Garuda (Pillar of Eagle) Sthambha was erected during Vijayanagara era and Deepa Sthambha(Pillar of Light) erected in Hoysala era. Kappe Channigararaya temple is smaller in size, compared to Chennakeshava Temple. This is Dweekuta temple. Idle inside the temple too is Keshava (Form of Krishna) installed by Shantale, wife of King Vishnuvardhana. Shantala or Shantale was noted dancer of that period.

When MalikKafur invaded South India, along with dynasties of the day,temples were also looted for diamond, gold ,silver other valuable’s which were there in the temple. There is a saying, to avoid the destruction   of the temple, whole temple was covered by sand from near river!!!

Before 1950 there was no state protection to this place, hence some portion of the statue’s , sculpture’s and temple are ruined  ,due to anthropogenic reasons and nature also gave its contribution  ,hence some portion of statues and sculptures which carved out side of the temple walls are ruined, Now due to protection provided by both Central and State government , place is well protected.

Recently temple celebrated 900th anniversary of its Construction.

Recent News of Beluru:

Recently place was in news for wrong reason, Telugu movie was shooting in the premises, installed lord Shiva statue, which would cause monumental destruction of the protected site, after warning issued by concern authorities, statue was removed and shooting also halted.

Shettihalli Rosary Church Hassan History

Consider a Shettihalli church Hassan built by French Missionaries in the 1860s. Consider a reservoir built by government in the 1860s. Awesome Historical place to visit. And this is covered by Hemavathi rivers, it’s reaching to Gorur Dam & about 20 km far from my native place Sakleshpur.

Tourists are lured to this place which looks like a Titanic floating in the water when the Hemavathi Dam is filled. The church was built during the British period to increase its appeal as the Hemavathi reservoir was filled and ruined today.

Titanic Church Hassan Karnataka

Titanic Church Hassan Karnataka

Shettihalli Church Hassan History

Fr. David Anthonnappa, Shettihalli (Jayanagar) church Priest says, this place is becoming a historical place which is located in Hassan district. This church construction was completed in 1860s, to gather and pray for the Christian community. After the construction of Hemavathi Dam, the church was submerged in water due to heavy rain in 1976, from then people around this place were migrated to different places along with their families.

Shettihalli Church was not only the Church, it was having an Orphanage for poor family, Primary Hospital with good facility, and along with 150 years of running St. Mariam school for boys and girls. Later another new church was built just 2kms far from this Shettihalli church to worship. Even after the long time, this church is still famous and people address this church as “Titanic church”.

Fr. David Anthonnappa, Shettihalli (Jayanagar) church priest also requests visitors to maintain the clean and not spoil this beautiful place by doing wrong things. Please visit and maintain the purity.

Travel Experience to Shettihalli Church

Shettihalli Rosary Church Hassan

Shettihalli Rosary Church Hassan

During my graduation in 2010, all my native friends were saying that there was an old church in center of the river, then decided to visit this place without fail during my college holidays and after sometimes I went along with my friends by bikes, we were around 10 people with 5 bikes via Rarakoppalu, Magge and then Channapura crossed, have to take right direction from Channpura it’s about 10 KMs.

When we entered to Bridge, which is the largest bridge I saw in Hassan district, very nice with clean, completely different than compared to all other existed bridges. Whatever, I would like to say Thanks for this bridge constructor. Firstly we had spent some time near a bridge and there was hot with wonderful breezing. I never felt this happy before in any of places I have visited. From there I saw the Rosary old church but was looking like a small broken building.

After sometimes we all went by bike near to the church, there is a small path for bike and small 4 wheeler also can drive. I felt very sad after seeing that ruining church, then I asked someone farmer was working out there about the church and he told me that this happened because of the flood around 30 years back. Already there were few visitors was taking photos and looking at the walls, I went inside and did the same. Since it was my first visit to Shettihalli Church, I was very much excited to see completely and to know what has happened to this church. From then whenever I will take my friends and family to this place and spend some time. It feels relaxed. I am sure; you will visit again and again if you visit the place.

Shettihalli Rosary Church History Hassan

Shettihalli Rosary Church History Hassan

Advice for Shettihalli Church Visitors:

  • Don’t go for swimming in the river it’s very dangerous. Many people have died because of fishing nets
  • Don’t stay after 6 pm, because there will be full of dark and no lights. It’s dangerous to stay after sunset
  • Please maintain the cleanness, don’t throw wastage’s. Keeping this place clean is essential to the visitors and they will continue maintaining.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Bangalore to shettihalli church distance?

Bangalore to Shettihalli Church is about 250 kms, you have travel in NH75 (Bangalore to Mangalore highway). The road is very good and it’s about 5 hours of journey. Once you cross the Hassan city after 10kms), you have take left towards Magge road.

Is shettihalli church is good for photo-shoot?

Yes. It is very nice place to have photo-shoot. Especially in the monsoon season, it looks completely beautiful. But, during the rainy season this church will be submerged from the Water.

What is Hassan to shettihalli church distance?

About 35 Kms distance from Hassan to Shettihalli church. Once you reach Hassan. Take the NH75 (Bangalore to Mangalore highway), drive towards Mangalore, once you reach Byrapura take the left turn towards Shettihalli church.

What is Shettihalli church to sakleshpur distance?

About 40kms of distance from Shettihalli church to sakleshpur. The road is quite not good and also having curved shape of road, I suggest you be careful with slow drive towards Sakleshpura.

Is there any hotels near by shettihalli church?

Since this Shettihalli church is located in village, also edge of the river, you don’t find any Hotel and Restaurant surrounded by. But, you can prefer Stay at Goruru, Sakleshpur, and Hassan.

What are other attraction places near Shettihalli Church?

There are few attraction places close to Shettihalli Church. They are Manzarabad Fort, Gorur Dam, Belur Temple, Halebeedu Temple and many more.