At a distance of 75 Kms from Shimoga, 81 Kms from Udupi, 31 Kms from Hosanagara & 16 kms from Thirthahalli, Kavaledurga Fort is an ancient Fort situated on top of a hill at an altitude of 5000+ feet. This fort is also known as Bhuvanagiri
The initial fort at Kavaledurga was constructed in 9th century. The king of Belagutti, Cheluvarangappa strengthened this fort in 14th century. Venkatappa Nayaka, a Keladi king, acquired this fort and constructed seven battlements to protect this fort in the 16th century. Hyder Ali conquered this fort in the 18th century and later the fort came under the rule of Tipu Sultan. Now only the ruins of the fort are survived.
This ancient hill fort gives a panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the islands formed by the Varahi backwaters. Best time to visit would be December through April.
Little trekking is required to reach this place from the road.