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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chandragiri Fort, Kasaragod

This fort is not to be mistaken with the Chandragiri fort near Tirupati, AP

November last year, I was heading home in a Mangalore bound train via Kerala. Early in the morning I learnt from twitter that Karnataka BJP has enforced day long bandh in Karnataka on the day, which meant I was likely to be stranded in railway station.

Made on-the-fly decision to get down at Bekal Fort, spend some time there and then go to Mangalore by evening. There was no stop at Bekal fort station,so had to get down at Kasargod, then took a bus to Bekal. I was also informed of a place called Chandragiri fort nearby, but couldn’t get clear directions from few people from whom I sought help. While returning from Bekal I suddenly spotted a signboard which said Chandragiri Fort  1km and got out of the bus in a split second decision.

Chandragiri-fort-kasargod-entrance
Walked about a km and I was in Chandragiri fort. Nothing unique about this fort- just has an entrance, walls, a sort of well and a watch tower. Nothing more. Area inside the fort campus is also small, probably as large as a cricket ground. No buildings or vegetation inside other than grass.

another-viewview-of-river-sea-from-chandragiri fort kerala
The view from the fort is pretty good-river and ocean are visible.
inside-view-chandragiri-fort-kasargod 
Not much of historic information was available. A security guard like person came to me and asked me to sign in the visitor register.
well-inside-chandragiri-fort-kasaragod    chandragiri-fort-watchtower
If you’re heading to Bekal, spending little more time to visit this Chandragiri fort will be worth it. On its own there’s no point going all the way to see this place.

Nearby: Bekal Fort pics * Madhugiri Fort, Tumkur *Mattur near Shimoga *

11 comments :

Mridula said...

Quick decision making pays? I am traveling a bit solo these days and I am sure I would be scared to get into a place where there was only me and a security guard!

magiceye said...

funny to note that they maintain a visitors register!

magiceye said...

funny to note that they maintain a visitors register!

prasanna raghavan said...

It is sad to hear that one of the tourist destinations the Kerala government advertise is kept in such an unkempt fashion.

Believe me, the place was more attractive when I visited it many years ago.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Mridula:
:) Happy & safe journey...

Deepak: yes they do... few people DO visit everyday

Prasanna:
Ok... at present this sort of looks abandoned...

Sankara Subramanian C said...

nice...did you visit bekal fort too? the ocean views would have been fantastic.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

yes, I went to Bekal also..

Ocean views were nice. but I only had mobile and not my regular camera...

joshi daniel said...

empty and nice!

harish said...

Hi SriNidhi,

I read your blogs often and find them full of information. I love travelling and photogrpahy both and your website provides me full of information. I am an accountant by profession. I want to discuss some things with you and hope to get your expert advise on that. I want to take travel and photography as a full time profession. Can you advise me the kind of career options in travel and photogrpahy(only travel photography containing landscapes).
My email id is harishrajpal2003@gmail.com

harish said...

Hi SriNidhi,

I read your blogs often and find them full of information. I love travelling and photogrpahy both and your website provides me full of information. I am an accountant by profession. I want to discuss some things with you and hope to get your expert advise on that. I want to take travel and photography as a full time profession. Can you advise me the kind of career options in travel and photogrpahy(only travel photography containing landscapes).
My email id is harishrajpal2003@gmail.com

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Hi

I'm not a full time traveler/photographer and hence not the right person to ask..

Begin with trying to sell your photographs, while still on your job

Best wishes