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The Sandur Fort

Sandur Fort is a significant monument which is left behind by the renowned Maratha rulers. Sandur is one of the beautiful picturesque hill stations which have an outstanding valley. This amazing place has abundant natural riches including iron and manganese ores.


It is very easy to find Sandur Fort as it is located right next to the state highway in Sandur which is a town in the Bellary district of Karnataka. It is at an altitude of 565 metres. Sandur along with the nearby villages like Dowlthpur, Ramgad, Swamihalli, Donimalai are places of scenic beauty with lush green mountains and valleys.


Sandur was a princely state which was ruled by the Ghorpade royal family of the Marathas. It was founded in around 1713 by Shrimant Sidalji Ghorpade, a Maratha nobleman. Not much is known about the Sandur Fort, except the fact that it was built by the Marathas. Later on the territory of Sandur was annexed to the kingdom of Mysore. And in the beginning of the 19th century, Sandur was incorporated into the Peshwa dominions. The kings of Sandur came under the political authority of the Madras Presidency when the Bellary district was taken over by the British. In 1818, Sandur formally came under the British. Sandur was merged with the union of India in 1949. And was later taken into the Bellary district which was then transferred to the state of Mysore in 1953 and which was later renamed as Karnataka.


The fort is in the shape of a square with simple design but seems secure because of number of bastions on the perimeter. The entrance is secured by a complex gateway; to enter the fort one has to go through a zigzag path passing through three gateways which are flanked by raised platforms. This indicates tight security which means that this must have been a garrison and treasury for this region. At the second gateway, the door-frame has a pair of drooping flowers which is a typical of Vijayanagara and Hoysala architecture. The third gateway is on the border of the fort while the first two gateways are on the extension wall. It is a whole town inside the fort with houses packed closely with narrow lanes in between.

Places of Interest

  • Vithoba Temple, Maharaja's Palace at Sandur
  • Kumaraswamy Temple Complex - 12 km away from Sandur fort on a hill station.
  • Ramanadurga Hill Station at a distance of 16 km.
  • Donimalai Hill Range
  • Daroji Tank at a distance of 48 km from Sandur
  • Bommagatta at a distance of 48 km
  • Siddhivinayak Temple at 5.5 km
  • Sandur Palace at 1.8 km

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport to Sandur Fort is Bellary airport which is 40 km away from the Sandur Fort.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Sandur Fort is Yeshwantnagar railway station Junction which is 6 km away from Sandur Fort.

Bellary Railway station is at a distance of 39 km, Toranagallu at a distance of 16 km and Munirabad Railway station at 33 km.

Bellary is also well connected by trains from other cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Kholapur, Guntakal etc.

By Road

Bellary is around 300 km from Bangalore and is well connected by national and state highways. Bellary is served by various bus lines like KSRTC, APSRTC and other private operators. Direct bus services are present from major cities of Karnataka and neighboring cities of Andhra Pradesh.

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