Discovering Telangana: Chandraghad Fort-‘The Hidden Jewel’

Monsoon is the best time for traveling in India. For travelers like me, I find traveling in this time is most romantic and soothing to the soul. As nature and the pleasant weather along with it adds unbeatable charm. Yes, I’m talking about Telangana the youngest state in India, where travel is highly rewarding as it boasts many unexplored gems in its tablelands.

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Happiness is a car, good friends and pleasant roads..

Road less traveled:

For many hyderabadies, the least popular getaway is Mahbubnagar. It is around 90 kms and it can be reached in less than 2 hours on a smooth road.  As we live in Mahbubnagar town we’ve decided to explore the interiors of it.

Chandragad fort, Mahbubnagar, Telangana (5)

Road trip with good buddies is never boring..

So, we planned a quick weekend getaway to Chandraghad fort. After about two hours on the road, we reached our first stop Jurala dam. This place is well known for its barbeques. We had lunch here. Then we started to the Chandraghad fort.

Driving through the countryside, dotted with paddy fields and hillocks. I always love exploring new places and Chandraghad fort is one of the best places I’ve been so far in Telangana. It is a Hidden jewel in Telangana.

Where is it?

It is a picturesque hill fort and is located on the banks of River Krishna at Chandraghad Village, Mahabubnagar District, Telangana. It is about 8kms from Juraladam. There are no sign boards for this place. One has to take help of Google maps or Locals in order to reach this place. It takes 20 to 30mins of walk to reach the hilltop from the nearest road point.

A Peek into history:

This Fort was built during Peshwas and belongs to Chandrasena Jilledar. This is a strong fort constructed to store the grains and taxes collected from people. The fort offers the remains of the protective walls, gateways and several ruined buildings. The Sri Ramalingeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located inside the fort.

Chapora Fort of Telangana:

It has a great view from the top. The fort sits on the top of a hill and there’s a magnificent view in all directions. It is a pleasant place to wander. After witnessing the sunset. We almost felt the same when we experienced sunset in Chapora fort. Hence we named it as ‘Chapora Fort of Telangana’.

Tips from my perspective:

  • There’s no public transport facility to this place. Traveling by own vehicle is preferred. If you are traveling by car, there’s a narrow way which leads to the hilltop.
  • Use google maps or ask locals
  • Best time to visit this place is during the months August to February
  • Carry your food and water bottles.
  • Reach this place before 6pm.

Discovering Telangana: Andalamma old Temple Peddapalli

Today I’m gonna post about that place which is least explored. And is not even in Telangana Heritage list of monuments. While we were on a road trip to Ramagundam we thought of visiting Hanuman temple but we were lost. After asking the locals for addresses we accidentally discovered this place.

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The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.  -Frank Lloyd Wright

Andalamma old temple, a late medieval period temple is located in Dharmabad village of Peddapalli district.  It is located 39 KM towards East from Karimnagar.

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Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart. -Arthur Erickson

It seems to be the temple and mandapa was constructed during the Qutub Shahi period when Vaishnavism was spreading in the Telangana region. There are no Idols in the temple. It was not at all maintained/worshipped since ages.

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It is secluded and is almost deserted.

This temple’s architecture is so unique and beautiful. I hope Archaeological survey of India (ASI) should take over this place and develop it into a tourist destination.20190616_145806_pic_edit_20190616211448-01.jpeg

This is one of the best get-aways for all those Karimnagarites. If you are looking for any couple shoot kind of a thing or if you are an architecture lover. Then you can visit this place…

 

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Gateway…

Nearby places to visit are:

1. Buddhist stupa
2. Ramagir fort (Built during Kakatiya regime)
3. Siva temple (Temple built of roughly dressed stone), Peddapalli
4. Siva Trikuta temple, peddapalli
5.Sri Vasavi Andal Ranganatha Swamy Temple

P.S: You can find this place on Google maps