Medigeshi Fort

The last time I traveled to Madhugiri Taluk of Tumkur in 2011, I had planned to do Medigeshi fort. But it was difficult to cover two forts in a single day. Since then several plans to trek Medigeshi fort got dropped. But on October 27th the plan finally materialised. My cousin, Naresh and I left home at around 6:30 AM and took the NICE road upto Peenya. Then we hit the toll road towards Tumkur. This is your fastest bet outside the city from where I live (Basavanagudi).

At Dabaspet, we took a right deviation to Madhugiri. The villages in Tumkur were in a festive mood, celebrating Bakrid. We made a quick stop for some for tea and bun. At Madhugiri, I stopped to view the places that I missed last time –Dandina Maramma Temple and a beautiful ancient Jain Basadi called Mallinatha basadi. Even though the Basadi was closed the villagers asked us to open the doors and get in. Inside, there was a peaceful looking brass idol of lord Mahavir. A small lamp filled the main shrine with just enough light to view the idol. 

To reach Medigeshi fort, at Madhugiri one needs to take the road to Pavagad and travel around 14kms. A police constable requested for a ride. He was heading to a neighbouring village on duty to provide security during Bakrid celebration. The road condition after Dabaspet is pathetic and when we asked the constable he said this was mainly because the MLA’s who get elected in Madhugiri are basically outsiders and has never been someone from the region. This time it is Jyothi Kumaraswamy , who hails from Hassan. Obviously these candidates have no special attachment towards the taluk, he said. Naresh and I discussed the need to bring in a rule that only the origins of certain town or village could be nominated for the post during election as to understand the needs of the localities better.

While entering Medigeshi, before you hit the town there is a sign board pointing left towards the temple and Medigeshi fort. As we parked the car near an ancient Veerabadra temple, an old lady came towards us asking – “Sorry, I can’t see properly. Whose kids are you?” We had to explain to her that we were just tourists and not representatives of any forefathers hailing from her village.

At the base of the hill is a beautiful ancient Venkatramana temple built by a ruler called Nagi Reddy. Adjoining which is a Laxmi temple. The temple priest told us that the trail to the fort begins behind the temple. But we got lost as there is no proper trail to begin with. I was also excited that I would be one of the first few people to explore this hill other than the villagers. I also feared if my blog post would do any bad to this place as not all travelers think alike and some may affect the serenity and quietness of this location. During such a dilemma, I always remember the dialogue from the movie “The Beach” where Richard thinks so after having shared the map about a secret beach in Thailand with other tourists– “I told myself spreading news was part of a traveller's nature.” 

Climbing up the Medigeshi fort is not very easy as there is no trail. With some help from two villagers, we got on track. They asked us to follow the two entrance like construction on the hill. Once we climbed till there, we saw intermittent trails. Yet it was not very clear and one could easily get lost. You have to go right after the second entrance and then climb up a steep rock.

On our way up, a bunch of kids came running to the base and started calling out for us. They wanted to guide us and also enquired if we were foreigners. I suppose they expected some money. But when we refused they seemed disappointed and did not climb up to us. They warned us of the bears though. We met another group of kids who were returning back with a drum. One of the kids told us that the drums were to keep the Bear in the caves. So the bear story is real.

The boys kept hitting drums until we got a little distance uphill. Next, you reach a huge rock with steps cut on it. These steps lead you to the main entrance of the fort.  It took us not more than 50 Minutes to reach the top. Though it’s a short trek, it isn’t very easy. Absence of trail and steep climbs make it a little more than an easy trek.

It was interesting to see most of the Medigeshi fort still intact. At the summit, we were surprised to see several artificial ponds, arsenals, rest areas and a beautiful tomb. The tomb is intricately designed with two towers; each with tiny staircase leading to the top. From the top, Medigeshi village looked motionless and peaceful, with its two beautiful lakes, clustered houses and lots and lots of agricultural land.

We explored the hill a little bit and when we were about to return, we met a group of youngsters who requested me to take their picture and email it to them. So, I did that. They told us that the village was named after the wife of Nagi Reddy who had hair till her foot (In Kannada – Himmadi keshi) it then was called Medikeshi and overtime became Medigeshi. They were proud of the fact that few days back a popular Kannada newspaper had covered the historical importance of their village. We were told that Hyder Ali too ruled this fort at some point and perhaps that explains the reason behind the tomb.

They also told us that recently people began to look for hidden treasures in the fort and failed to do so. Now the rumors are that there are hidden treasures in the neighboring hill called Shankara Betta.

We thanked them and returned back. At the village, there is an ancient well. The water from this well is supposed to be very sweet. It is called – Seeneeru Bavi. However when we saw, the water looked very polluted and undrinkable. It had a color similar to Pista milkshake. On our way back, we stopped at a “Santhe” (weekly market) and bought some fresh vegetables.

Hungry that we were, we began to search for a good hotel in the town of Medigeshi and luckily we found a Brahmin’s cafĂ©. Flavoured rice with Vada served on an organic plate could be counted among one of the most delicious food I have had so far. A filter coffee was like an icing on the cake, despite its excessive sugar content.

We next drove to Devarayandurga which is a right deviation on the way back to Dabaspet. (So if you are coming from Dabaspet, it’s a left turn before Madhugiri). Devarayandurga is  highly commercial, with lots of tourists driving up the hill. Yet, it is a beautiful place. The drive is interesting and the view from the top is beautiful. Approximately 500 steps from the car parking leads you to the Laxmi Narasimha temple. There is also another small trek to a view point.

We drove to Bogha lakshmi Narashmiha temple on the other side of the hill as well.

Next stop was Namadachilume (On the way to Tumkur from Devarayandurga) which boasts of natural hot springs. But it was a big disappointment as there is nothing worth seeing, expect for a walk through the deer park.


At Tumkur, we stopped at the famous Pavithra hotel to have Masala Dosa and Thatte Idly. We reached Bangalore at around 7:30 PM after an interesting day and finishing one more Taluk of Tumkur District. The trek to Medigeshi fort was satisfying, to say the least. 


  1. That is a great place for a day-outing. And after the trek masala dosa and idly sambar tastes divine!

  2. Really GREAT post (as always)- hidden treasures, great food, funny looking water...and all! Ah yes, have missed your blog posts.

  3. Welcome Back Anjuli. Missed your posts too. Where have you been? Anyways glad to have you back on blog world.

  4. beautiful area. wonderful, ancient temples.

    thank you for stopping by today.

    1. Thanks for stopping by

    2. Along with the beautiful photograph i like the narration too

  5. :-) thanks for stopping by

  6. What a wonderful tour through this area and I had to find it on a map to be sure. The scenery is gorgeous. I adore (good) Indian food and know that I would enjoy Masala Dosa and Thatte Idly. (My favorite is chana masala - miam-miam!)


  7. Wonderful description, and a great place for a day visit. Beautiful pics! Hope you had a great diwali! Sorry for being away!

  8. Yep had a nice festival.

  9. Really a very nice blog with a detailed information :)

  10. Im from medigeshi only thank you for writing on our village . .. .Really a very nice blog with a detailed information . . . if u want to visit again call 8971997988 .

  11. and you forgot mention one more thing in our village (Medigeshi ) total 100 temples is there.


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