The Kondaveedu historical fort is a hill fort built on 320 meters high hills. The three forts on top of the narrow hill range are now in ruins. The earliest built fort is dated to 12th century. The main fort built by the Reddy Kings of Reddy dynasty and refurbished by subsequent rulers, located at a height of nearly 320 metres (1,050 ft), was considered then as one of the strongest forts in the region.
Important Places to Visit in Kondaveedu Fort
21 structures have been identified within the fort. Its fortifications built with granite stones comprise huge ramparts, magazines, warehouses, granaries and wells. There are two entry gates into the forts, called the Kolepalli Darwaza and the Nadella Darwaza.
The entrance gate is three storied, massive and made of granite stone blocks. A building built with rock pillars and covered with rock slabs, has110 metres (360 ft) long inscriptions. A defense bunker is also seen.
The Wonder Ponds
The source of water supply to the inhabitants of the fort was from three sources namely, the Mutyalama Cheruvu, the Puttalamma Cheruvu and the Vedulla Cheruvu (‘Cheruvu’ in Telugu language means “pond”). Among three ponds one pond will be full of water in hot summar also while other are completely dry. This is the amazing factor with the reason unknown till today.
On the way to the fort at Kothapalem (known as Puttakota in the past), at the foot hill of the fort, an embankment is seen which is inferred as a security ring bund to protect the royal family palaces and houses of the main functionaries of the fort.
The fort's ruins on the southwest side of the Kondaveedu village is in the shape of an equilateral triangle, and at the turning angles of the triangle at the south west and north east, tower bastions are provided, which form part of the façade wall of the fort. A single wall of 30 kilometres (19 mi) length straddles the hills.
A temple known as the Gopinathaswami temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna) lies at the foot of the hill. Its bunched stone pillars are carved out of a single rock. Both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles are seen in the forts. A mosque is located within the fort. This is said to have been built with temple ruins.
Transport: Frequent buses and trains to Phirangipuram from Guntur and Narasaraopet town (29 km) available. Hire a vehicle to Kondaveedu from there.
Where to Stay
Budget to luxury hotels available in Guntur, Vijayawada cities. Stay at Narasaraopet town for easy access to all other tourist places mentioned below.
What to Eat
Because the Kondaveedu fort is located in interior hills, travellers have to plan properly for their food. Phirangipuram town, where the turn takes from main road is the place you can get South Indian breakfast and meals. There is a canteen run by Andhra Pradesh Tourism at foot hill of Kondaveedu, there you will get snack items and cool drinks
Best Season & Time to Visit
Avoid summer because of this place becomes hot and humid.
Things to Take Care
This is a trekking and takes whole day. So carry enough food and water.
Be prepared to climb up and down for around 1000 foot steps, which are age old and not arranged properly to reach the fort