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Fort and Dungeon, Manzarabad

TALUK: Manzarabad
LOCALITY: Manjarabad (Lat. 120 54' N; Long. 750 50' E)
BUS STAITION: Sakleshpur

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The Balam (Manzarabad) Palegars had their capital at Maninagapura (presently Aigur). From these Palegars, the area was annexed by Sivappa Nayaka of Ikkeri in 1659 AD and ultimately by Tipu Sultan in 1792 AD. The fort was constructed by Tipu Sultan in 1792 AD at an altitude of about 987.8 m from the sea-level. The stellate fort overlooks the vast expanse of plains on one side and the ghats of Malnad on the other. The fort point being always covered by mist commanding views of picturesque landscape around it, was named 'Manzarabad' (beautiful site) by Tipu. The fort is constructed of large granite blocks and mud surrounded by a deep moat all around. The plan of the fort is in the form of an eight-pointed star appear to have been influenced by the plan of fort Willams constructed by the British at Calcutta. It has a parapet in brick mortar provided with cannon mounts and musket holes at regular intervals. Inside, there are magazines and a cross-shaped stepped tank to collect rain-water All along the northwestern and northern sides are arched cells serving as resting places for the guards.