There are innumerable places in Karnataka which are still miles away from the limelight. One such place is Jamalabad Fort, which located at an approximate distance of 70 km from Managluru and 8 km from Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district in the Kudremukh range of hills. Ever heard of this ancient fort?
Jamalabad Fort is a hilltop fortification which has become immensely popular amongst trekkers since the last few years. Even though the trekking trail leading to the top of the hill bears a medium level of difficulty, it is still a getaway for travellers who are looking to enjoy some time amidst composed nature. Why not plan a trip to Jamalabad Fort and witness its grandeur?
Best Time To Visit Jamalabad Fort
The region in and around Jamalabad Fort experiences a moderate type of climate; hence, it is a year-round destination. However, if you are looking forward to trekking through the dense vegetation around the hill, then the best time to visit Jamalabad Fort is from October until the end of April; during this period of time, the temperature is optimum and the climatic conditions are favourable, magnifying the beauty in and around the Jamalabad Fort.
A Little Bit About Jamalabad Fort
Located atop a gigantic hill, Jamalabad Fort was built by Tipu Sultan in 1794 in the loving memory of her mother, Jamalabee. It is said that Tipu Sultan was highly impressed by the beauty and strength of the rockhill and its surroundings, thereby, compelling him to build a fort within its boundaries. You can reach the fort by stepping over 1876 steps which were cut out from the granite hill. Even though the fort is in deteriorating condition today, there are still several remains of the fort which can be explored.
Jamalabad Fort has a small tank and the remains of a cannon inside it which still attract tourists and travellers towards it. In 1799, after the 4th Mysore war, this beautiful fort was captured by the British Army. Today, you can only find the ruined structure of Jamalabad Fort.
Things To Do In And Around Jamalabad Fort
Since its discovery and popularity amongst offbeat travellers, it has been a perfect trekking destination with an altitude of around 1700 feet. The speciality of Jamalabad lies in its surroundings which fascinate the trekkers and nature lovers due to the presence of rich vegetation around it. Being located in the flourishing parts of Kudremukh range, Jamalabad also provides its visitors with breathtaking landscapes.
Once your are atop the hill, you can clearly see the panoramic view of its green surroundings. Over a period of time, it has also become a weekend destination for photographers and nature lovers who come here to enjoy the freshness of its environment and capture its majestic beauty.
How To Reach Jamalabad Fort
Located at a distance of around 70 km from Mangaluru, Jamalabad Fort is easily accessible by road from Mangaluru and nearby cities. The nearest railhead and airport from Jamalabad is also located at Mangaluru and from there you can either take a bus or hire a cab to Jamalabad Fort.