Chitradurga Fort, or Chitaldoorg as the British called it, is one of the major attractions of Chitradurga district. The fort was built between the 17th and 18th centuries by the ruling dynasties that include the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and Nayakas. The temple has been divided into the upper fort and the lower fort.
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The upper fort has 18 temples and there is one huge temple in the lower fort. The Hidimbeshwara Temple is the most interesting and the oldest among these temples.
The fort is locally known as Kalline Kote which means the “Stone Fortress”. The other names by which the fort is called are Ukkina Kote (Steel Fort) and Yelusuttina Kote (Seven Corcles Fort).