History of Kavaledurga Fort
Renovated in the 14th century by Cheluvarangappa, the Kavaledurga Fort was then called Bhuvanagiri, which was a stronghold of the Nayakas of Keladi. They had a feud with the Vijayanagara rulers but soon gained independence after their fall. Venkatappa Nayaka fortified the place and built a palace. The Kavaledurga Fort has three lines of walls, which are constructed of huge granite blocks following the natural contour of the hillock. Each fortification has a gateway flanked by guard rooms on either side and in between these fortifications, there are temples, a ruined palace site and basement of structures.
One of the popular temples here is the Shikhareshwara Temple, which has a sanctum sanctorum, a garbagriha and an entrance porch. The palace site within the fort has ornate basement of a large terraced structure. Currently, the fort is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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