Our visit to Shivappura fort was the end of my hunt for Kumara Ramana Kote - a fort deep in the rocky hills of Koppal district. The temple priest had told the fort is near Hemagudda. While Hemagudda is on the left-hand-side of Koppal-Gangavati road, Kumara Ramana Kote is on the right-hand-side. That hint was a big help in locating the fort on Google Maps.
December 22, 2012
Our journey started at 4-30 am and just as we crossed Hubli we had a flat tire. The 20 minute stop included a tea session... hot black tea tasted great in the cold weather. Kumara Ramana Kot was at the top of the list. By 8-15 we were entering the dirt road leading to our destination. After a kilometer or so the path became rough for our Indica. Having parked the car to a side, we were wondering how much further to the fort. We heard a tractor from the fort side :) It's another kilometer to the base of the hill. We had warm upit and tea, seated on rocks, with natures music in the back ground - chirping of birds.
Ravi opted to stay back with his car, so it would three of us Moham mama, Malatesh and I. Just as we started our trek we met a man walking in the same direction. He was heading to his fields near the fort. Great! We got introduced and asked our friend Sanjeevappa to show us the fort. Yes :) barri sir, namma Ramana area nodri idellla, avan permission ilde illi yaaru barangilla. With Sanjeevappa talking continuously, we barely felt the 15 minute walk.
Now were are at the base of the fort hill, the outer wall can be seen to the right. Note the rocky outcrop and a bastion at on the neighboring hill.
Within the inner fort is a pond. Fort walls are in bad shape. It was getting pretty warm here in spite of the breeze but there was no shade nearby. Sanjeevappa insisted us to walk a little further to see another pond.
We drove back towards the highway with Sanjeevappa's voice in our ears.. neevu Kannadavru antha kote thorasde. bere yaaradru bandu englishalli kelidre, kote allaiti hog nodri anta hel-kalisirtidde. Sanjeevappa made our day :-)
To see the video, click on Kumara Ramana Kote.
Kummatadurga fort coordinates: 15°24'28"N 76°22'30"E