Located at a distance of 200 kms from Bangalore town, Chitradurga city, in Chitradurga District of Karnataka lies in the heart of the Vedavati River valley and finds mention in the chronicles of the epic Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The city is recognized as the land of valour and chivalry and is surrounded geographically by Tumkur, Chikmagalur, Davangere and Bellary District and Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh state.
Chitradurga gets its name from Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill located here. Chitradurga is a town full of history with its chain of lofty peaks and boulder-strewn landscape, which is geologically supposed to be a part of the oldest rock formations in the country. Named after Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found here, historically, Chitradurga was a part of the Vijayanagar kingdom. The area is also rich in many mineral deposits and has many gold and copper mines. The fort and ancient structures are a witness to the life and struggles of the kings who ruled from here for many centuries. Besides the fort, which is a major tourist landmark in Chitradurga, there are a few temples and picnic points that can give a break from the intense history session.
Some of the important attractions in Chitradurga are Chitradurga Fort, Ashoka Siddapura, Aadumalleshwara, Brahmagiri, Chandravalli, Hiriyur, Jogimatti Hill Station, Molakalmuru, Neerthadi, Ankali Mutt, Ingaladalu, Sirigere, Neerthadi, Nayakanahatti, Vani Vilas Sagar (Manrikanvie), Gayatri Jalashaya, Jankal, Dasaratha Rameshwara, Thamatekallu, Holalkere, Doddahottrangappa Hill and Halu Rameshwara.
The nearest big town is Bangalore that is about 200 kms, Davanagere about 63 kms, Shimoga about 116 kms and Bhadravati about 98 kms from Chitradurga.