A city and the administrative centre of the Chitradurga district, Chitradurga is situated in the centre of the Indian state of Karnataka, in the Vedavati river basin. About 200 kilometres northwest of Bengaluru, the state capital, is the historical location of Chitradurga.
In Karnataka, Chitradurga is a popular tourist destination. The city is well-known for its 15th-century fort, also known as Kallina Kote or Stone Fortress in the local dialect. This is made up of the words "stones" and "fort" in the Kannada language.