Manjarabad Fort was built by Tipu Sultan in 1792 AD. It is said that one day while inspecting the construction of the fort, seeing thick mist and fog (called Manju in Kannada) engulf the hill and the fort gradually, Tipu Sultan decided to name it Manjarabad. The work on the fort was started in 1785 and was completed by 1792. It is said to have been built here due to its strategic location, so that the army could keep a look out for the British troops approaching from Mangalore.
Manjarabad Fort has been built in one of the most scenic part of Southern Karnataka. Sakleshpur region in itself is famous for its beautiful mountains, coffee plantations and excellent weather conditions – making it a perfect place for getaways. Tourists wanting to spend some time exploring have many avenues to do so. Hiking, trekking, picnics near waterfalls, camping, visiting the local shrines (especially Kukke Subramanya at Sakleshpur) are some of the activities which any traveller would love to indulge in. A great way to unwind would be to drive down the ghats and the wildlife reserves watching the rich birdlife both migratory and resident. This region has been blessed with some 25 odd waterfalls to choose from besides the charming estates and locales.
The beauty of this fort is that when seen from above it has a design of a star. The view of the Westen Ghats from the top of the Fort is breathtaking and attractive.
Manjarabad Fort is on one level, unlike other forts which are multi-level in their layout, with 6 watch towers spread across the fort for viewing enemy movement. The scenery from the fort and watchtower is beautiful. Two small bunkers had been built possibly to store ammunitions and out of the many chambers inside the fort, some were used as stables while the rest were for the soldiers as their quarters and kitchen. Archaeological Survey of India has taken up the task of renovation and care of the entire water channel around the fort and its walls. Tipu Sultan made tunnels running through Manjarabad Fort opening up to Srirangapatana, probably as a fallback plan for his troops.