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It was getting dark at Hosagadde so we had to stay overnight at the lone house in the middle of a thick forest. The simple hospitality of the family will not be forgotten for a long time. The house had no doors - our host explained it wasn't required - and the nights filled with sounds of the forest were simply memorable. The host also narrated to us the story of Rani Chennabhairadevi who built the fort, and her rifts with the Keladi kings to gain supremacy over the trade of pepper and other spices with the French, the British and traders from other countries. Facing defeat, the queen is rumoured to have jumped into the lake inside the fort, taking her golden chariot with her. This is the lake; trekkers still believe that the chariot is still resting somewhere on the bottom of the lake.

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