If you’re ever in Bengaluru and looking for a historical site to explore, you should check out Bangalore Fort! The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) manages this heritage site near the busy Krishnaraja Market in the city center. Admission is free, but you must pay for parking at the Victoria Hospital complex.
Bangalore Fort History
The Fort was initially constructed by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bengaluru, in the 16th century as a defensive structure to protect the new city. Over time, the Fort underwent several renovations and expansions under different rulers.
Chikadeva Raya Wodeyar expanded the Bangalore Fort between 1673 AD – 1704 AD.
In 1761, Hyder Ali reinforced the Fort with stones to strengthen it. Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan further modified the fortress with impressive gates, imposing walls, and bastions, using it as his summer residence and for strategic military purposes.
Lord Ganesha Temple inside the Bangalore Fort
According to Lt. Col Standes in his book “The Military Engineer in India, Vol-1”, – the Fort at Bangalore had a perimeter of about one mile.
It was surrounded by a solid masonry wall, a wide ditch, and 26 towers placed at intervals along the ramparts (a defensive wall).
The pettah, located to the north, was several miles in circumference and protected by an indifferent rampart, a deep belt of thorn and cactus, and a small ditch. Bangalore was not a place that invited attack.
Bangalore Fort Today
Today, all that remains of the Fort are the Delhi Gate and remnants of two bastions. The British dismantled the Fort after they captured it in 1791, and the process continued until the 1930s.
Ramparts and walls were replaced with roads, while arsenals, barracks, and other old buildings quickly made way for colleges, schools, bus stands, and hospitals.
Places to Visit in Bangalore
If you want to explore more of Bengaluru, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some famous tourist spots in Bangalore that you should check out. Suppose you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore beyond the typical tourist destinations. In that case, you should look at this list of all the places to visit in Bangalore. There’s so much to see and do in this vibrant city, and you’ll find something piques your interest. Happy exploring!