Situated at a height of 3734 feet, Channarayana Durga was strategic fortress during , medieval times and many battles were fought for its possession. The fort was originally built by Channapa Gouda in the 17th century, a feudal lord from Madhugiri. Later the fort fell into the hands of the Mysore king and also the Marathas. Today Channarayana Durga is a popular trek route. It abounds in ayurvedic herbs because of which it is also called Siddharabetta associated with the Siddhas of Natha Pantha. At the bottom of the hill, there is a shrine of Murarimatha, a saint.
How to reach?
Buses are available from Tumkur and Madhugiri.