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21.57 km2 (8.33 sq mi)
Population Density
5,683.54/km2 (14,720.3/sq mi)
760m above sea level
38°C (Max) - 22°C (Min) 25°C (Max) 15°C (Min)
Literacy Rate
Geographical Location
13° 34' to 15° 02' North latitude 75° 37' to 77° 01' East longitude
Average rainfall
744 mm
Sex Ratio
955 per 1000 male
Major Tourist Attarctions
Chitradurga Fort, Chandravalli, Vani Vilas Sagar
Best time to Visit
October to february
How to Reach
Bus : From Bangalore - 200 Kms (NH4) It is on the Bangalore Pune highway
Train : From Bangalore - 240 kms (Via Tumkur, Arsikere, Birur, Chikkajajur)
Nearest airport: Bangalore airport (200 kms)
Chitradurga... extensively acknowledged as the place of hills with forts and villages.
The ancient city was part of the Mauryan Empire dating to 3rd century B.C.
The district owes its name to Chitrakaladurga’, or ‘Picturesque castle’.
The district possess massive fortress on top of granite hills with huge towering boulders
in unimaginable shapes. Also known as the ‘stone fortress’, the landscape looks
much like a mischievous giant’s playground, with boulders thrown around, forming
silhouettes against the sky… making it the heaven of stones & fortress
Located in the heart of the Deccan Plateau at a distance of 202 Kms from Bengaluru
Spread across 6 talukas – Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Hosadurga, Holalkere, Challakere & Molakalmuru
Rich in mineral resources – Copper, Quartz, Building stone, Iron ore and Granite.
Prominent gold mines at Halekal, Kotemardi & Bedimaradi & open cast copper mines at Ingaldhal
After Mauryans, the land was under the rule of royal dynasties like the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and
Achieved eminence, as a feudatory state of the Vijayanagar Empire, under the dynastic rule of the
Nayakas or “Palegars”
This hill fortress was built by the Nayakas during the Vijayanagar era. In 1779, the fort was
captured by Haider Ali, who along with his son Tipu Sultan, was responsible for its expansion and
After Tipu Sultan’s defeat by the British, the fort came under the rule of the Royal Mysore family.
About Chitradurga
Chitradurga district (Kannada) is an administrative district of Karnataka state in southern India. The city of Chitradurga is the district headquarters. Chitradurga gets its name from Chitrakaldurga[citation needed], an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found there. Tradition dates Chitradurga District to the period of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The whole district lies in the valley of the Vedavati River, with the Tungabhadra River flowing in the northwest. During the British times it was named Chitaldroog[citation needed]. The district was practically ruled by all the well known dynasties that ruled Karnataka..
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