Chitradurga is about 110km south of Bellary on Bangalore - Mumbai NH4 is Chitradurga. The town is said to be named after an umbrella shaped hill called Chatrakaldurga. Sme attributes this name to the word, vichitra for the jumble of rocks and boulders that lie perched on each other at impossible angles all around the hills here. Folklore also has it that Chitradurga is where the Pandaa Bhima fought and killed the demon Hidimbasura. The 17 century Chitradurga Fort built by Palegar Nayaks is renowned for its formidable defense that includes 19 gateways, 28 postern gates and 35 secret entrances.
Chitradurga is well connected to Bangalore (200km), Davanagere (60 km on NH4), Hospet (120km on NH13) and Hibli (207km on NH4). Accommodation is available in a number of hotels here.
It is km northwest of Chitradurga is Chandravalli where excavations have revealed settlements that are more than 3000 years old. The finds even include some 2000-year's old Roman and Chinese coins. The hills around the lake here have some Buddhist monasteries with living dwellings and meditation cells. A dramatic tour by torch and candle around this ancient warren of caves that plunges 24m below ground is necessary do.
Brahmagiri is about 63km from Chitradurga is the ancient site of Ishila at Brahmagiri, one of Ashoka's provincial capitals. This village is famous for emperor Ashoka's earlier rock edicts in the Brahmi script and Prakrit language dating to the 3 century BC. Further 45km from Brahmagiri is Ashok Siddapura where Ashoka's edicts have been found. The place is also known for Jattinga Rameshwara Linga Temple built in 926AD. This is the place where the Rama performed the last rites of legendary eagle Jatayu who sacrificed his life in a heroic struggle with Ravana to save Sita from abduction. 10km south of Siddapur is Mllakamuru, an important centre for making hand woven silk textiles. Another attraction here is Kugo Bande (shouting Rock), a colossal rock where one can experience one's voice resounding as an echo.
Jogimatti is 10km from Chitradurga is the hill station of Jogimatti with rolling hills, unspoilt wilderness and birdlife. A beautiful waterfall, Himavatkedra cascades through the hills here.
Karnataka's oldest dam, Vani Villa Sagar is 40km from Chitradurga. The scenic site is popular with bird watchers and is ideal for a quiet coracle ride. The other reservoir, Gayatri Jalashaya across the river Suvarnamukhi is another picnic spot.
Of the many Mutts around the town, Ankali Math is known for its subterranean chambers. Located 3km, the Bruhan Math was built in honour of an eminent guru of the community of Veershaiva. Sirigere is noted for the education and religious centres run by Veershaiva Math of Taralabalu Jagadguru.
5km from the town of Chitradurga is a cave temple of Shiva built by Aadooru Mallapa at Aadummalleshwara. Also worth a visit is Nayakana Hatti, 35km, having the resting place of th sae, Thipperudraswamy. Ramagiri in the taluka of Holalkeere is well known for the temple of Veerabhadraswamy and the Karisiddeshwara Math. At Heggere, the Jain monastery and the Kalleshwar Temple are the main attractions.
Davanagere is about 67kmfrom Chitradurga, it is an important cotton centre and the nearby town of Harihar at the right bank of Tungabhadra takes its name from the Hoysala style Sri Harihareshwara Temple that enshrines a 1.3m high image of Harihara (half Shiva and half Vishnu).
21km from Harihar, Ranibennur has a Blackbuck Sanctuary covering a total area of 119sq km. It is known for its black buck, wolf population, great Indian bustards and florican.