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Devanahalli Fort, Devanhalli

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Devanahalli Fort is located 35km north of Bangalore city, at Devanahalli in the State of Karnataka, India.It was originally built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda, which remained in the hands of his descendants until the mid–eighteenth century. In 1749, the then Dalwai of Mysore, Nanjarajaiah, attacked the fort and occupied it. Later, the fort passed into the hands of Hyder Ali and subsequently Tipu Sultan. In 1791, Lord Cornwallis laid siege to the fort and took possession during the Anglo-Mysore War.The birthplace of Tipu Sultan, also known as Tiger of Mysore, is located near to the fort. The fort is situated on the side of National Highway 7, near the Bengaluru International Airport.An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) board outside the fort and at Tipu Sultan's birthplace declares them to be protected monuments.HistoryThe history of Devanahalli dates back to 15th century, when a family of fleeing refugees from Conjeevaram, camped near the foot of Ramaswami betta, east of Nandi Hills. Their leader Rana Baire Gowda was apparently directed in a dream to set up a settlement in this region. He and his Morasu Wokkalu family settled in a small village, Ahuti, which was later known as Avati. His son Malla Baire Gowda founded Devanahalli, Chikka-ballapura and Dodda-ballapura.Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore city is also from Morasu Wokkalu family.
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  • When the British forces came near this fort, the defenders left the fort without firing a shot and the fort fell into the hands of the British. Today, the fort is in some amount of neglect, because th...  more »
  • Nice place for one time visit. Birth place of Tipu Sultan is also located here. There are many temples inside the fort walls.  more »
  • It is fort which is located on the outskirts of Bengaluru on the highyway to Anantpur. The fort is in ruins and only the section of the fort wall, ramparts and the Gate facing the highway are intact. ...  more »
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  • You can view the distant surroundings from the fort. Peaceful place. The phrase 'Pin drop silence' suits it the best. The fort has a unique feature! You can explore it once you enter the semicircled space. :)
  • Ancient fort with a temple of Venugopalswamy inside. Temple is well maintained
  • Its a heritage site. Govt must ensure that it is at least kept clean. The entrance was messed up.
  • Fort is looks beautiful from outside. But maintained very badly, If you love history it will worth place to visit.
  • Big area, lovely fort, but sadly very badly maintained. Not worth visiting, except for serious photograph buffs. It's in total shambles and in ruins, neglected to the max. I wonder if the Goverment is deliberately neglecting it because it's one of Tipu Sultan's fort, once one of the most brutal rulers in this part of the world. The seat of administration is hardly 50 km from this place, and if they cannot maintain this nearby historical place of relevance and great tourist potential, how can they be expected to develop other mediocre tourist places located hundreds of kilometres away from the capital, Bangalore?