Kondaveedu Fort

Kondaveedu Fort is a historically significant ancient hill fortress located in Kondaveedu, a village in the Chilakaluripet constituency of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The site is located 16 miles west of the city of Guntur.

Overview

Kondaveedu Fort was constructed by Prolaya Vema Reddi. It was used as the capital by the Reddi dynasty between 1328 and 1482, shifting from their former capital at Addanki. It was taken by the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya in 1516. The Golconda Sultans fought for the fort in 1531, 1536 and 1579, and Sultan Quli Qutb Shah finally captured it in 1579, renaming it Murtazanagar.

 

The fort came under the control of the French colonists in 1752 when it was extensively fortified. It passed on to the British East India Company who got control of the fort in 1788 but abandoned it in the early 19th century in favour of Guntur. Now, the massive fortifications and battlements are seen in ruins only. The interior has extensive ruins of magazines and storehouses.

Significance

The fortresses were once the capital of the Kondavidu Reddi Kingdom that was delimited between the south of the Krishna River and the Gundlakamma River and located 8 miles (13 km) to the west of Guntur city. They were erected on a high ridge of a small range of hills with average elevation of 1,500 feet (460 m) (highest point on the ridge is 1,700 feet (520 m)). There are two hill (ghat) sections, which form the hill ranges, one is to the north, which provides a very steep but short access to the forts. The preferred access is more circuitous and less tiring and involves 2 miles (3.2 km) of trekking.Kondaveedu and the surrounding forest areas have a large number of Custard apple (Morinda citrifolia (Noni)) trees.

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How to Reach

The nearest airport is Vijayawada which is 31 KM away.

You can easily get regular trains to Guntur from other major cities of the country.

There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Guntur.

Best time to visit

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Best time to visit is from November to March.

Highlights

Pedakakani: This village is famous for the Kakani Malleswara Swamy Temple, which was constructed during the rule of the Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya. 

Chebrole: It is said that there were around 1,000 temples in Chebrole long ago. Once you reach Chebrole, the possibility of the same doesn't seem unlikely as you will be able to see a temple in every direction you look.

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary: Migratory birds from various countries such as Serbia and Australia flock to the Uppalapadu

Mahachaitya: Amaravati Mahachaitya is one of the most prominent sites of Buddhist pilgrimage in south India

Undavalli Caves: The caves have been cut from the northern slope of a hill and have three levels.

Amareswara Swamy Temple: The temple in Amaravati, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the pancharama kshetras in Andhrapradesh.

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