Devarakonda, is a village and mandal headquarters, located in Nalgonda district of Telangana state. It is home to one of the most stunning fort complexes in the state. It is a hilltop fortress built by the Recherla Velama Kings of Maada Nayudu clan, in the 14th Century AD.
This fort is considered to be of great historic importance due to its key role in ousting the Mughal’s Islamic. It was an important battle field of the bygone era. The historic fort is also considered a fine example of architectural brilliance and the grandeur of the Recherla Padmanayaka kings.
The History of Devarakonda Fort
A visit to this spectacular fort is like stepping into the past, with each and every corner of the fort unveiling great tales of bravery, and also the triumph of its rulers. The fort was constructed during 13th – 14th century. The Devarakonda fort is the emblem of prosperity established by the kingdom of Padma Nayaka Velama Rajas from 1278 to 1482 AD.
Later, the Devarakonda fort was conquered by Maada Naidu who belonged to the eight kings of the Padma Nayaka rulers. Maada Naidu was a prodigy and a brave warrior besides being a great ruler. It was during Maada Naidu’s rule that the fort took the shape of a well-established center of cultural heritage. After Maada Naidu, the strings of the flourishing Devarakonda Kingdom went into the hands of Maada Naidu’s son, Pedha Vedagiri Naidu. Vedagiri Naidu was also a brave king who had established his throne for around 26 years.
Devarakonda Fort is a wonderful example of work in stones. The fort is built entirely of granite stone, over a hilltop. This fort complex is known for great walls with curved bastions all along with it. The outer walls are quite stronger while the fortress occupies an expansive terrain of metamorphic rock area on the hills. It is considered an impregnable fort due to its strategic location, strong defense structures and other features such as secret exit routes that were believed to have been used by the kings and royalty during emergency.
The ramparts of Devarakonda Fort are built on steep areas making it inaccessible for invaders. There are only 3-meter wide rock-carved steps for reaching its main gateway and it was built as a commanding fort. The fort features artillery and cannon points while the gateways are built in the traditional Hindu style of art. The fort complexes consist of two stories, with many granaries. There are few spaces for garrison, magazine house, living area and small complexes.
One of the major highlights of this fort is the Lord Rama Temple. This historic temple is a stone marvel, with minute stone carvings depicting the ancient vedas on the temple walls. There is also a popular Lord Shiva Temple with a renowned cosmic pillar. Tourists visiting this fort are amazed by the picturesque views of the panoramic landscape which also includes a beautiful pond. The magnificent fort has brought immense fame to the region due to its architectural splendor. For travelers, who wish to explore the chronicles of Telangana state, Devarakonda Fort is a must-visit place on their itinerary.
How to Reach
Devarakonda is at a distance of nearly 117 km from Hyderabad on Nagarjuna Sagar road, from where tourists need to take a small diversion from Kondalpahad. It takes about 3 hours to reach this place by road. There are frequent buses from Nalgonda to Devarakonda village.
Where to Stay
Tourists can choose accommodation at Hyderabad, Nalgonda town or Haritha Vijay Vihar Hotel, Nagarjuna Sagar which is located close by.