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Jamalabad is a fort which is named after the great Tipu Sultan's Mother. It was also once known as Narasimha Gudde. The British took over this fort in 1799 but a year later Tipu Sultan had it back in his hands. There is a spring that provides fresh water along the entire way up to the fort. The steps to the fort are cut out from the granite in the hill and lead all the way to the top through the fort to the summit. Nothing much remains of the fort except for a dismantled cannon and ruined walls and parapets.

The climb up to the fort is incredibly taxing especially when the sun is burning down on your back. The path is always curving and it requires you to adjust to the ever changing shape of the steps/rocks and uneven height that they are placed at. The main fort is at the base of the huge rock that you see in this picture. There is nothing left of the fort other than a few walls and a cannon. Once you get to the for you can follow the path to go even higher and finally you can make it up to the rock in this picture. The rock has granite steps carved from it which any trekker can take to the top as long as he isn't afraid of heights!

This picture was taken when we had been climbing up the mountain for a good 15 minutes. We had decided to take a break before climbing any further in the intense heat.

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