Chitradurga, or Chitrakaldurga which means a ‘picturesque castle’, is located in the vicinity of a scenic umbrella-shaped hill. This much visited place of interest was oft referred by the names Chitrakaladurga, Chittaldurg and Chitradurg. The official name granted to the region during the British Rule was Chittaldrug. Featuring huge towering boulders of numerous shapes and sizes, bold rock hills as well as picturesque valleys, is also called Kallina Kote or the "stone fortress".
According to Mahabharatha, a demon named Hidimba used to reside on this hill, along with his sister Hidimbi . Hidimba was a man eater and source of terror, while Hidimbi was comparatively more peace loving in nature. According to folklores, in the course of the years of their exile, the Pandavas had come here with Kunti, their mother. They found themselves face to face in a fight with Hidimba, in which he was killed. Thereafter Bhima married his sister Hidimbi and she bore Ghatotkacha, their son with extreme magical powers. It is said that the boulders present in the region were an important part of the arsenal used for that duel and form the oldest rock formations in the country.