Kavaledurga ( also known as Bhuvanagiri)

Western Ghats, Trees, Evergreen Forests, Rivers, Backwaters, View Points, Mountains, Hills, Waterfalls and more and more and more… You can find all of these in your trip to Shivamogga, but adding up Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri to your Shivamogga trip can add a wing of History to your trip. 


Kavaledugra fort or Bhuvanagiri fort was built in 9th century and it was renovated in 14th century by Cheluvarangappa. The fort contains a palace, Mahattina Matha, Sringeri Matha, treasury, granary, stables for elephants and horses and ponds. The fort at Kavaledurga 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 In between the fortifications there are temples, a ruined palace site and basement of structures. 


Just like the Chithradurga fort Kavaledurga fort is also constructed amidst seven concentric circled walls known as “Yelu Suttina Kote” in Kannada, it is built for the protection from the enemy forces. You will be surprised to see the way Nayakas have planned the rain water harvesting system at Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort.

The distance between Thirthahalli and Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort is just 17 KMS and we don’t think you need any more explanations on how beautiful Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort would be, and on top of it you would be standing there at a height of 1541mts from sea level, and surrounded by the beautiful Malenaadu. 



ಮಲ್ಲವ ಸಾಮ್ರಾಜ್ಯದ ರಾಜ ವೆಂಕಟಪ್ಪ ನಾಯಕ ಆಳಿದ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ. ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟದ ಗಿರಿಕಂದರಗಳಿಂದ ಆವೃತವಾದ ಈ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ದ್ಯೂಮ್ನ ಋಷಿಗಳು ತಪಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದ ಸ್ಥಳವಾಗಿದೆ. ಪಾಂಡವರು ವನವಾಸ ಮಾಡಿದ ಈ ಸ್ಥಳವನ್ನು ಕವಲೇದುರ್ಗ, ಕಪಿಲೇದುರ್ಗ, ಕಾವಲುದುರ್ಗ, ಭುವನಗಿರಿದುರ್ಗ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರುಗಳಿಂದ ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ. ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿಯಿಂದ ಹೊಸನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಸ್ಥಳ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಡತಕ್ಕ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳೆಂದರೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನಾರಾಯಣ ದೇವಾಲಯ, ಬಯಲು ಬಸವ, ಗದಾತೀರ್ಥ ಶಿಖರೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಾಲಯ, ತಿಮ್ಮಣ್ಣ ನಾಯಕ ಕೆರೆ, ಬಹು ಸುಂದರ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಮಹಲ್, ಮಾರಿಕಾಂಬ ದೇವಾಲಯ ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ತುಪ್ಪದ ಬಾವಿ, ಹಾಗೂ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಕೋಟೆ.


Interesting Facts

Built at 9th century, so it is 12 centuries old. Fort is one of the few forts located at the Malenaadu belt or Shivamogga districts or the Western Ghats. Fort gives you a beautiful view of Mani Dam backwaters built across the river Varahi and magnificent view of Kodachadri Hills, Western Ghats.

One of the best places to view sunrise and sunset. It is an ideal place for trekkers. 


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort is all round the year, as it is a heritage site there is no dependency on weather.

Though to enjoy the best view of Malenaadu or the Western Ghats it is advisable to be there on Monsoons (June to September) at your own risk of leeches. Or you can also be there to love the view on Post Monsoon (November to February) which is ideal.


How to Reach

By Bus

Private vehicles are advisable, and the reason for it is that you can go around to a lot of places after a good day at Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort. Not that public transport is not available, Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort has good connectivity of Busses and Autos from Thirthahalli. Anybody planning to reach Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort by bus then Thirthahalli would be your shuttle destination.

You can find loads of busses to Shivamogga and Thirthahalli from Majestic, Basaveshwara Bus Stand - Peenya.

Pre-Booking would be advised as you can plan your trip.

After reaching Shivamogga or Thirthahalli you can take a private bus or Government bus to reach Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort.

Auto from Thirthahalli might charge you around 250 - 300 rupees to reach Kavaledurga or Bhuvanagiri fort.


By Train

Nearest Railway station would be Shivamogga Railway Station and the stop id is SMET.

There are trains which run every day from Bengaluru to Talaguppa, Shivamogga.

Places Around

Mani Reservoir: (18 KM) Reservoir built across river Varahi.

Agumbe: (34 KM) Village amidst Rainforest, famous for its Sunset view point.

Thirthahalli: (17 KM) A panchayath town with an awesome climate.

Siddeshwara Gudda: (16 KM) 200 ft. hill. Preferred for an early morning trek.

Anandagiri Gudda: (17 KM) 300 ft. hill. Amazing view point to view the entire Thirthahalli town.

Chibbalagudde: (28 KM) Temple on the banks of river Tunga.

Kuppali: (34 KM) Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s native, now a museum and place of interest for culture enthusiasts.

Kavishaila: (35 KM) A rock monument made of megalithic rocks and dedicated to Kuvempu.

Mandagadde: (50 KM) Bird Sanctuary on river Tunga.

Gajnur Dam: (64 KM) Reservoir built across river Tunga. 

Sakrebyle: (66 KM) Elephant training camp on the banks of river Tunga.