Warangal Fort

 

Overview

Warangal Fort is one of the ancient forts in South India and is also one of the popular tourist attractions in Warangal.  It was built in the 13th century and is around 2 kms from the main city center. The fort was built during the Kakatiya dynasty. The fort houses a temple, which is dedicated to Swayambhudevi, Mother Earth. The fort being invincible was called the seat of power. The main fort consists of 45 towers. The entrance of the fort is built in South Indian architectural style.  A ruler of this dynasty, Prola II, who ruled from A.D.1110 to 1158, extended his sway to the south and declared his independence. His successor Rudra  pushed the kingdom to the north up to the Godavari delta. He built a fort at Warangal to serve as a second capital and faced the invasions of the Yadavas of Devagiri. The next ruler Mahadeva extended the kingdom to the coastal area. In A.D.1199, Ganapati succeeded him. He was the greatest of the Kakatiyas and the first after the Satavahanas to bring the entire Telugu area under one rule. He put an end to the rule of the Velanati Cholas in A.D.1210. He forced the Telugu Cholas of Vikramasimhapura to accept his suzerainty. He established order in his vast dominion and encouraged trade. As Ganapati Deva had no sons, his daughter Rudramba succeeded him in A.D.1262 and carried on the administration. Some generals, who did not like to be ruled by her, rebelled. She could, however, suppress the internal rebellions and external invasions with the help of loyal subordinates. The Cholas and the Yadavas suffered such set backs at her hands that they did not think of troubling her for the rest of her rule.
 
Prataparudra succeeded his grandmother Rudramba in A.D.1295 and ruled till A.D.1323. He pushed the western border of his kingdom up to Raichur. He introduced many administrative reforms. He divided the kingdom into 75 Nayakships, which was later adopted and developed by the Rayas of Vijayanagara. In his time the territory constituting Andhra Pradesh had the first experience of a Muslim invasion. In A.D.1303, the Delhi Sultan Ala-ud-din Khilji sent an army to plunder the kingdom. But Prataparudra defeated them at Upparapalli in Karimnagar district. In A.D. 1310, when another army under Malik Kafur invaded Warangal, Prataparudra yielded and agreed to pay a large tribute. In A.D.1318, when Ala-ud-din Khilji died, Prataparudra withheld the tribute. It provoked another invasion of the Muslims. In A.D.1321, Ghiaz-ud-din Tughlaq sent a large army under Ulugh Khan to conquer the Telugu country then called Tilling. He laid siege to Warangal, but owing to internal dissensions he called off the siege and returned to Delhi. Within a short period, he came back with a much bigger army. In spite of unpreparedness, Prataparudra fought bravely. For want of supplies, he surrendered to the enemy who sent him to Delhi as a prisoner, and he died on the way. Thus ended the Kakatiya rule, opening the gates of the Telugu land to anarchy and confusion yielding place to an alien ruler.
 
The Warangal Fort in Warangal was destroyed by the invaders and as such only the ruins of the fort can be seen. There is a mud wall of around 20 feet which surrounds the entire fort while the second layer is of granite. The fort consists of impressive stone gateways which have a height of around 30 feet. They are carved out of single rock. The gateways are known as Kirti Toranas. They consist of beautiful carvings of Lord Vishnu carried by Garuda and surrounded by attendants.
Although today the fort is in ruins and the remnants of the fort comprise of 50 feet tall towers and an awe-inspiring gateway. Inside the fort area, visitors can get a glimpse of the temple remains. The fort is a major attraction among the travellers
 
Warangal Fort Timing: 10.00am to 6.00pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way: Warangal is well connected to NH-202 so, one can easily get in here via road by personal vehicle or hired taxi.  
Nearest Railway Station: Warangal Train Station
 
Nearest Airport:  warangal airport  
 

Location

Country
India
State
Andhra Pradesh
City
Warangal
Location
Matwada
Address
Warangal Fort, Mathwada, Warangal, Telangana 506001
Contact Info
Phone: 0870 257 1339
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Warangal Fort, Mathwada
Nearest Railway Station
Warangal (WL)
Nearest Airport
Warangal Airport
IN
latitude : 17.914400100 longitude :79.602203370
Corporation : Warrangal
GPS Code : VOWA
Open Year
13th century
Architect
South Indian architectural style
Dedicated To
prataparudra 2
Visiting Hours
10.00am to 6.00pm

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