Karnataka is nestled in the southern part of India which is famous for the most visited tourist destination. Similar to all other destination, this place is popular for various attractions that are worth to witness here. There are numerous pilgrimage centers, rivers and lakes, fairs and festivals, forts and palaces, and many more. But this region is more renowned for its enduring forts and palaces that were constructed by great rulers who once governed this state. Karnataka state has been ruled under various majestic dynasties and royal kings. Among all of them there are some of the forts that were already built by the great rulers who captured it, while rest of them constructed such kind of magnificent and huge palaces by themselves.
The forts and palaces were believed to be a symbol of showcasing their power and strength of their ruler who belong to their royal dynasty. Therefore, no hesitations were shown while constructing these majestic palaces, when it comes to spending revenue for building an extravagant, luxurious, and formidable as per their desire. Through this huge and striking forts and palaces, the imperial dynasty and the great kings used to show their might and power that belonged from the earlier years. But today, all the palaces and forts are turned into blessings not only for India, but also for the tourists who hail here. Today, you can have an easy glimpse of the royal residences of royal kings and queens who lived here.
In Indian history, Karnataka state has marked some different records that mainly represent the great Sultans and their enterprises towards increasing their roots stronger in this region. The most significant and the evidence of their endeavor and discord are the forts and palaces that are placed in Karnataka. It is a frequently visited tourist destination and first choice of visitors when it comes to tour India. Karnataka is also one of the states among others that have registered its name in the histories of India. Apart from the pilgrimage centers and archeological site, this place is well renowned for its wonderful forts and royal palaces. In Karnataka, there are some of the capital cities that enclose ancient forts like the Mysore, Chitradurga, Keladi, Srirangapattam, Basava Kalyan, Badami, Vijayanagara, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, and many more.
The monuments and forts that are preserved in this region take you to the world of pre-historic period where various royal dynasties and their empires governed over Karnataka that reflects the ancient time during the earlier era. Today, some of the palaces and forts that are positioned here are ruins that turned into archeological sites. There are a large number of forts and palaces that are valued to have glance, but among them only few of them are famous that are proudly maintained in Karnataka. While on tour to this region, you can witness some of the following forts and monuments like the Parasgad Fort, Kittur Fort, Chitradurga Fort, Nandi Hill, Shravanabelagola, Pattadakal, Mysore Palace, Halebid, Hampi, Gol Gumbaz, Bull Temple, Bidar Fort, Badami Caves, and many more.
Bidar Fort :
Bidar, the most important capital of Bahmani Empire of Deccan, this was earlier the kingdom which collapsed into various smaller states. The small relic of the Bidar state was defeated by mughal forces mainly under the rule of Aurangzeb in the year 1656. But later, this capital came under the province of the Nizams in the year 1724. Therefore, Bidar Fort was constructed by the artisans with various skillful techniques and designs. One of the major attractions of this fort is the impressive huge gates at the entrance, the bulwarks that were used during battle, and the royal Rangin Mahal which is beautifully adorned with rich interior work.
Gulbarga is the most prominent Capital of Bahmani kingdom mainly from the period of 1347 to 1428. It was his capital only till the kingdom was not split up and the town came under the relics of sultanate in Bidar. Today, among all the sultanates forts and palaces, Gulbarga is the only popular forts which at present lies as ruins in Karnataka. But apart from it, there are some of the striking structures such as the Jama Masjid. This beautiful masjid is the replica of the renowned mosque in Cordoba at Spain and also the tombs of Bahmani kings, which is also worth to see when visited in this fort.
Tipu Sultan Palace :
Originally, this striking palace was build by Kamea Godwa, but due to some conflicts the construction work came to a halt. But later, Tipu Sultan took the initiative to reconstruct the palace with some modified ways. Initially, the palace was constructed by the mud burnt bricks, but Tipu build majority of the palaces with teak wood. It is the biggest royal palace which is adorned with various designs and carvings. The wall of the Tipu Sultan Palace was painted with colorful shades, but today the color has vanished from the walls that give anidea of the palaces age. This enduring palace is also known as the Bengalore Fort which is situated in the Seringapattanam village. The pillars and balconies are made from teak wood that are embellished with amazing wood carvings and structures that please the eyes of visitors with delight and charm. Within the premises of the palace, you can also spot one beautiful sacred temple where the idol of Lord Ganesha is placed inside. Apart from the tourist, devotees also get attracted to this place and come to witness this in their weekend. While on tour to Karnataka state, make sure you visit the valued Tipu Sultan Palace.
Bijapur Fort :
Bijapur Fort was one of the headquarters of Adil Shahi reign, who was the emperor after the founder of Adil Shah. The dynasty that belonged to him was considered to be the golden era of the Bijapur city in Karnataka. It is the landmark triumph acquiring over the empire of Vijayanagar during the conflict of Talikota. In this battle, the Talikota led to increase the Bijapur City as one of the powerful and mighty dynasties in the entire Deccan. After conquering the battle in its honor, the Jama masjid was built in this region. This masjid was so beautiful that it reflects the time of the earlier period during the great King’s dynasty. The main attraction of this place is the citadel, passages, halls, and gardens that please the eyes of tourist with pleasure. The architecture and the design of this fort are worth watching when visited to this place. The most unique part of the fort is the fusion of various prevalent styles that enhance the place more. The exquisite tomb of the great Ibrahim Adil Shah II from the period of 1586 to 1626 is the most renowned attractions of Bijapur fort. This enchanting fort still stands erect and is maintained even today with all its architectural and historical importance that makes this impressive fort the most popular one in Karnataka state of India.