Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chandragiri Fort

Chandragiri Fort in Chandragiri (State: Kerala) is one of the oldest forts  perched atop a hill  in India by the side of the river Payaswini.

This 17th century fort is 150 feet above sea level and occupies an area of about seven acres.

This fort is in square shape is currently in not great shape and in ruins. It is one of the chain of forts that was built by Shivappa Nayaka of Bedanore.

How to Reach: This fort is on a highway that lead to Bekal Fort from Kasaragod. It is about 7 kms from Kasargod.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Shri Shantadurga Temple, Ponda

Shri Shantadurga Temple is on slopes of foothills of a mountain chain, surrounded by lush vegetation of Kavalem village in Ponda. It is one of the oldest temple in the area.

There is a main temple and three smaller temples of other deities on three sides of the main temple. The main temple structure was built during the period 1738 A.D. It was constructed during the reign of Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shahu of Satara.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga. The temple has several pyramidal roofs with a dome. The pillars and floors are made of Kashmir stone. Temple also has roman-arched windows, some of which have the stained-glass window panes of deep red, yellow, blue colours.

In front of the main temple there is a light tower. The temple also has a huge tank in the front.