Chandragiri fort is located on a hill top at the height of 184 mt. in the royal city of Hyderabad which is known for its Nawabs, royal families, majestic forts and beautiful palaces. There are several forts, palaces and historical monuments in Hyderabad which tells their history and stories by themselves. In all of these forts, there is a well known and famous fort here in Hyderabad which is known by the name of Chandragiri Fort. This age old fort still shows the shimmering earlier period. Chandragiri fort was built in 1000 AD by Immadi Narasimha Yadavaraya and after some years this fort was renovated by the Vijayanagar kings.
History of Chandragiri Fort
Chandragiri fort is a majestic fort built in 11th century in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Chandragiri was under the rule of Yadavrayas for about three centuries. After them it came under the rule and control of Vijayanagar rulers in 1367. This place came into prominence during the rule of Saluva Narasimha Rayalu. Because of his bravery, he got the title of Mahamandaleswara. During his rule this place was known for his vision, wisdom and rectitude. Chandragiri was the 4th capital of Vijayanagar Empire. After Golconda sultans attacked Penukonda, Rayas shifted their capital here. The fort encircles eight ruined temples of saivite and vaishnavite pantheons, Raja Mahal, Rani Mahal and other ruined structures.
Chandragiri fort is known for its securities. This fort was protected through an enclosed wall and a ditch which were used to act as a barrier for the attackers. There are two beautiful mahals on the ground floor of the fort and both of these mahals are known for their rich stone carvings and architecture. From the top of the fort, you can easily watch the whole town of Chanderi which lies to the eastern part of the hill.
Raja Mahal Palace, Chandragiri
The main building is called as Raja Mahal, which is an impressive majestic three storied structure with arched facade, crowned with Hindu style of architecture. This majestic building in the fort premises, with colourful lighting, enhances the beauty of this place. It stands as an excellent example of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. The central durbar occupies two storeys that are crowned by Dravida-Vimana. The roofs are supported by massive pillars in groups carrying cross arches with strong square ceilings, which are decorated with stucco figurines. The entire fort is constructed using stone and brick in mortar and is well plastered. The entrance of this Mahal faces the hill on the north while the balconies and windows on the south overlooking the extensive grounds where perhaps the troops paraded. As you explore more and more, you ll discover and feel the royal lifestyle of our kings in the past.
The Rani Mahal or the Queen s palace is built in similar style with the ground floor resembling a stable and the first floor having quarters or rooms to stay. These quarters have attractive shikharas (towers) with flat roofs. People say that this palace was for the queens but on contrary, the epigraphs say that this place was commander s quarters. This seems more obvious as the palace has a stable in its basement.
How to Reach Chandragiri Fort
Chanderi town is well connected from Tirupati and other nearby states. There are Tirupati railway station and Tirupati airport in Tirupati which are well connected with other famous cities and states of South India. Chanderi town is only 12 km from Tirupati.
As this place is visited by thousands of local as well as foreign tourists every year, there are several famous and beautiful hotels and resorts in Chanderi. So accommodation is not a big issue here in this town. Every category of hotels is available here ranging from budget class to luxury class.