Well, as it’s been explained to me, the people there were rich- like REALLY rich, perhaps the richest in the world in the 15th century.
But as all things go, they lost it all to invaders eventually. The King’s head was chopped off. So, all the dudes around Karnataka were like, “we have no king. I think I’ll be king!” which obviously can’t work… this is where Nagara Fort comes in.
Shivappa Naik’s Fort | Nagara Fort
In the small places around Hampi, new fortresses started popping up with new self-appointed kings. This place was one of them, dated to the 16th century.
When we arrived, the guard on duty told our goMowgli guides in Kannada:
“I’ve been here three years and haven’t seen a foreigner until now!”
So, needless to say we felt pretty special to be able to see this ruin of a fort that apparently no other travelers come to see (another thing missing from Lonely Planet like Banavasi temple!). I was also surprised there was no fee since everywhere else in Karnataka has a fee and an even higher foreigner fee.
We wandered for a bit. The place was covered in grass but the guides said in the warmer months it’s like a desert. Cows were roaming; the sun was shining… so we just took our time.
If you remember, a couple Canadian girls had joined up to travel with us and they were so much fun to have around. I actually have a post coming up dedicated to their adventures in India.
Oddly, we could hear a protest in the street. We felt safe behind our fortress walls… kidding, kidding.
The protest was in regards to a young girl who was kidnapped and raped by a political party member. Seems that the townspeople know who did it, but the police won’t arrest the guy due to his political party affiliation.
This was all over the news at our homestay near Jog Falls and actually with new curfews in place due to it, we had to change our journey and do some backup plans to avoid these areas. Not sure what came of this case as I couldn’t find anything when I searched later, but hope justice was served and that the girl is okay now (the news wasn’t in English, so not totally sure what happened).
You do hear horrible things like this in India (more often than you’d think) and I feel it’s worth mentioning because I always want to paint a real picture and not just say, “I love Indian unconditionally and girls should totally travel here alone because it’s 100% safe!”; because it’s not necessarily always how I feel. Although we were having this beautiful day, and us three girls felt safe, we were confused how things like this happen still. We had long conversations about it with our goMowgli tour guides. I don’t think I could have shared about this place with you without letting you know how upsetting the news was.
Practical Information for Nagara Fort:
- I was on this tour with goMowgli and I slept on the way, so I don’t have that much to share about directions! I did google the location for you ;)
- Location: Nagara is a historic village in the Shimoga district of the state of Karnataka, India. It is 17 km from Hosanagara or 84 km from Shimoga.
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