From Here & There-Take a trek to Jamalabad Fort

From Here  & There-Take a trek to  Jamalabad Fort
I magine a panoramic view of nature’s boundless beauty from a peak 1,700 feet above sea level. That too, when the place is a part of the Kuduremukh hill range. Jamalabad Fort, popularly known as Gadaikallu, is one such place that offers an exciting experience.

The Fort, situated eight km away from Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district, is a preferred place for nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike. Narrow footsteps, carved on the rock, lead visitors to the top of the hill. The ruined walls are the only remnants of the Fort. A pond, that brims with water in all seasons, is also situated on the top. The Fort was built by Tipu Sultan in 1794, and was named after his mother Jamalabee. It is also said the work of the Fort, which is also called Narasimha Ghad, was started by a Jain ruler called Narasimha Jain. December through May is the best season to visit the Fort. Though one can trek anytime between 6 am and 6 pm, it is advisable to start trekking early in the morning to avoid the sun. Overnight stay is strictly prohibited. There is a forest check post at the base of the hillock.


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