Nagara is a village of historic importance, Shivamogga district, popular for its fort built by Shivappa Nayak of Keladi Kingdom.
After visiting Kolluru and Siganduru, we had left with some time to explore the surrounding places. Had a big list to cover, but keeping distance in mind we planned to visit Nagara fort on the way back to Kodachadri.
Veerabhadra Nayaka of Keladi dynasty built Nagara fort in 1640. Shivappa Nayaka succeeded Veerabhadra Nayaka and is credited with taking the Keladi Dynasty to its peak and improving the fort.
The fort is not in a good shape, visitors to Nagara Fort can see remains of the palace, guard rooms, wells, storage facilities, watch tower and canons. The fort was built next to a lake, had provisions for water circulation and was self sufficient during a war. Nagara fort’s main entrance and exterior walls are largely intact, helping us understand and appreciate the rich history.
Best time to visit this place is during monsoon, we can see the lush green carpet across the fort. The view from this fort is good and easily we can cover this place with in one hour.
How to reach:
The Fort is 384 kms from Bengaluru and 142 kms from Mangaluru (nearest airport). Sagara city is the nearest railway station (57 kms). The Fort can be reached from various cities in coastal Karnataka and Malenadu region (Western Ghats) such as Thirthahalli, Sagara, Kundapura, Udupi or Kollur. Buses are available from these cities to reach Nagara or taxis can be hired.