This stronghold in the center of Bangalore is one of the best ways to access the city’s historical roots. Though only one of the four constructed gates still remains, a stroll through this area tells the story of Bangalore’s past and resistance to British rule.
It was built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, in 1537 as a mud fort to protect citizens during an invasion and was converted to a stone fort in 1761. It was then a stronghold of Tipu Sultan, whose palace still stands on the fort grounds. Captured by the army of the British East India Company in 1791 during the Third Mysore War, the fort walls eventually gave way to roads, colleges, hospitals and other modern infrastructure.
What remains today are two original bastions and the north gate. There is also a temple dedicated to Ganesh, intricately carved arches and lattice work, landscaped gardens and other excellent examples of architecture to explore.
Located on Krisnarajendra Road in Chamrajpet, Bangalore Fort is within walking distance from the busy KR Market (City Market.) The closest bus stop is City Market. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has an admission fee of 100 Indian Rupees for foreigners.