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Raichur Fort is the most popular attraction of Raichur city. The fort was built by the Kakatiya rulers in 1294 AD. It is surrounded by double rows of massive low circuit walls on its three sides and is built on an 88 m high hill. Its inner wall is constructed by huge blocks of stones that are attached together without any cementing material.Raichur, a city situated between the Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers, is located 409 kilometres from the capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru. The city that has an attachment to history and culture that goes back to the days of Emperor Ashoka.Raichur Fort is in the heart of the Raichur in North Karnataka.
The name Raichur, originally Rayachooru, means a king’s place in Kannada. The word “Raya” means king whilst “oor” means place or town. There is another theory behind the name. Raichur is said to have originated from Telugu words “Rai” meaning stone and “ooro” meaning town, combined to Raichooro, a town of stones.
Raichur has been a part of various dynasties like Chalukyas, Mauryans, Bahmanis, Mughals and Vijayanagar, and therefore bears the legacy of a rich and dynamic history.Chalukyas of Badami and then during the rule of Chalukyas of Kalyani the fort was renovated. In 1294 AD the Kakatiyas of Warangal strengthen the fort. As per the Kakatiya inscription, Vithalanatha a commander of the army of a prince Goregannayya Reddy built the inner tiers of the fort. During the rule of Vijayanagara Empire, Krishnadevaraya built the north entrance in celebration of one of his conquests.
It is the most popular attraction of the city. The fort was built by the Kakatiya rulers in 1294 AD. The three sides of the fort are surrounded by double rows of massive low circuit walls, which are built on a hill 88m high. Its inner wall was constructed using big blocks of stones that are blocked together without any binding material between them. The main attraction, however, is a 41 ft long stone slab. It carries records in Telugu with a scene whereby huge slabs are hauled up a hill with the help of buffalo carts. One more reason for the fort being so popular is the stone inscriptions in Persian and Arabic language. These inscriptions are said to belong to Ali Burj. You can see ruins of ancient temples and several tanks on the premises.
Raichur Fort Timing: All Time
Best Time To Vist: November to january
How to Reach,
Road Way: Regular buses from all major cities pass through Raichur Bus Station
Nearestr Railway Station: Guntakal Jn - Gulbarga
Nearest Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport