Kittur in Karnataka is a village in the Belgaum district, of the Karnataka state. Kittur holds immense significance as far as the regional history is concerned. A tour to Kittur Karnataka offers a glimpse of how the smaller states of India rose against the British.
Queen Chennamma of Kittur (1778-1829) is known for her resistance to British Raj. During British India, Kittur came under Bombay Presidency. The ruined fort at Kittur is now one of the tourist attractions in Kittur. This fort was formerly the residence of the chief of Kittur.
1829, nearly three decades before the 1857 Sepoy Mutinee, Chemnama led an armed rebellion against the British in response to the Doctrine of lapse. The resistance ended in her martyrdom and she is remembered even to this day as one of the earliest Indian rulers to have fought for independence. Along with Abbakka Rani, Keladi Chennamma and Onake Obavva she is much venerated in Karnataka as an icon of bravery and women's valiance. A Tour To Kittur Karnataka is thus in more ways than one, a tribute to the bravery of this regional queen. To think that she led the rebellion 56 before the famous Rani Laxmi Bai, is a truly commendable show of courage, though few outside the state really remember her.
In connection with a disputed succession to the chieftainship of Kittur in 1824, St John Thackeray commissioner of Dharwad was killed in a battle while trying to approach the Kittur fort. Later another army stormed Kittur Fort and captured queen Channamma who was imprisoned in Bail Hongal Jail. She breathed her last in the Jail. Channamma became legend.
Tour To Kittur In Karnataka can be undertaken from Gulbarga. Kittur is also connected by road to other cities in Karnataka and thus reaching Kittur is quiet an easy job.