The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore as a strategic defensive location as it commands the approach to the plateau beyond Sakleshpura from the coast.
It is also believed that he had constructed a tunnel from this fort to another fort in Srirangapattana near Mysore.
The specialty of this fort is that its layout design resembles a STAR.
Manjarabad fort set at a height of about 3,240 ft. above sea level, and it’s supposed to have been built 1792 AD during the reign of Tipu Sultan.
It is constructed out of stones and mud and it has chambers all around. The name 'Manjarabad' has an interesting story behind it. While inspecting the construction of the fort, Tipu Sultan is said to have observed fog (known in Kannada as Manju) around this place and decided to name this fort Manjarabad. The Designer of the fort is said to be Williams