“Shivappa Nayaka Fort” is located in “Nagara” town ,“Hosanagara” Taluk, Shivamogga District. Nagara is at distance of 19 km from Hosanagar. Nagara was the last capital of the Keladi kings.  Nagara earlier known as Bidanur Kingdom of Shivappa Naik has a fort dating back to early 17th Century. It is in the interior Malenadu region with scenic natural beauty. During monsoon it is surrounded all round by the backwaters of Linganamakki reservoir. The fort being upkept by the Archeological Dept. is worth visiting. Kollur is 48 Km from this place.Few attractions of Nagara are Shivappanaika palace, fort, Devagana tank, Neelakenteshwara temple and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy temple.

Shivappa Nayaka(Kannada:ಶಿವಪ್ಪ ನಾಯಕ) (reigned 1645–1660), popularly known as Keladi Shivappa Nayaka, was a notable ruler of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom. The Keladi Nayakas were successors of the Vijayanagara Empire in the coastal and Malnad (hill) districts of Karnataka, India, in the late 16th century. At their peak, the Nayakas built a niche kingdom comprising the coastal, hill and some interior districts (Bayaluseeme) of modern Karnataka, before succumbing to the Kingdom of Mysore ruled by Hyder Ali in 1763. He was known as Sistina Shivappa Nayaka because he introduced a tax system called Sist.

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