Chandravalli is a pre-historic archaeological site in Chitradurga District, Karnataka. This valley is formed by three hills, Chitradurga, Kirbanakallu and Cholagudda hills. The Chandravalli cave temple is also known as an Ankali mutt as saints from Belgaum came here for mediation.

During the excavation work of the archaeology department  during 1909, they found painted pottery, Coins and also it was found that Chandravalli was colonized from the iron age.

It was my third trip with Bangalore explorers and we all started by 5AM from Bangalore and Chandravalli cave exploration is suitable for a day trip near Bangalore including Chidradurga fort.

From the outside it looks like an old mantap, however the moment we enter into the cave we will get into a different  experience with pitch dark atmosphere, surrounded with red mud constructions and there is ample ventilation. Few entrances to reach the next room is very small one we need to sit down and crawl to reach. The steps and entrance to the rooms are like a maze and we can easily get lost if there is no guide. People who have claustrophobic and dust allergy better not to try.

Ankali Mutt | Chandravalli Cave

Carvings and paintings with herbs and vegetable natural color material, rain water harvesting system to store water, grinding stone to grind flour, batter, carvings to keep lamps and belongings, meditation hall, secret meeting room, a worship room with shivalinga.

Shivalinga at Chandravalli Cave

The guide asked us to switch off the torch light for a few minutes once we reached the last room and we experienced pitch dark with bit anxiety, then slowly he revealed that we are almost 80 feet below the ground level. The guide explained that these caves were used as hideouts of Kings.

Chandravalli Cave

The exit place is different and we ended up climbing a small rock and ended up between two huge tall rocks and a few people tried rock climbing and explored the other side of the Chandravalli Cave.

Exit side of the Chandravalli cave


Rock Climbing at Chandravalli Caves


Rock climbing at Chandravalli Caves


Chandravalli lake


It took 30 minutes to explore the caves and we spend 30 more minutes outside the cave.

Chandravalli lake is located before entering the caves.

Distance from Bangalore :

200Kms . 3Kms from Chitradurga Fort & 2Kms from Chirtadurga town

Timings : 9:00AM to 5:00PM


  • Carry a torch / head light
  • Opt for guide or else chance to miss the way due to maze type construction
  • Don’t carry heavy bags, so that it will be easy to crawl and go inside
  • Beware of bats inside the cave and beware of monkeys outside the cave
  • Carry enough water and snacks.

Places covered during our one day trip from Bangalore to Chitradurga

  • Jogimatti Waterfalls
  • Rock climbing
  • Chandravalli Lake
  • Mutt Food at  Sri. Murugarajendra mutt
  • Rayappa Kasi Murughavana theme park
  • Sunset view at Vani Vilas Sagar Dam
  • we missed Chitradurga fort due to shortage of time and decided to visit later on.

Chitradurga Day trip Pictures:


Rock Climbing at Chitradurga


Rayappa Kasi Murughavana theme park


Vani Vilas Sagar Dam


Sunset view at Vani Vilas Sagar Dam




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