Channarayana Durga is a small village near Madhugiri in Tumkur district which is around 100 Kms from Bangalore. Being one among the Nine Durgas on top of Channarayana Durga hill is the center of attraction. There are few temples and old structures inside the fort. Though most of the place is in ruins without any care, still some places seems to be intact and still looks good.
History says that Maratha rulers once occupied this fort. In later years the fort changed hands a few times between the Marathas and the Mysore Wodeyars. During the third Mysore war British army surrounded Channarayana Durga fort and later abandoned. The fort is deteriorating slowly due to damage caused by treasure hunters.
Stone buildings inside the fort are increasingly becoming targets of vandalism.
There is a small beautiful pond full of water at a little distance from the entrance and a temple. It is surprising to see so much water on top of a rocky hill.
The climb is very interesting to the fort there are no signboards and very few tourists visiting. It takes about an hour time to reach the entrance of the fort.
Channarayana Durga trek can be classified as moderate. During the monsoons, this initial trek would be difficult as the smooth rock would become slippery. The trek to Channarayana Durga is quite interesting and there are no signboards with very few tourists visiting. It takes about a half day to trek to the top and explores the fort. The best time to visit Channarayana Durga is from September to December.