Chandragiri Fort, Tirupati

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Chandragiri was under the rule of Yadava Naidus for about three centuries and came into control of Vijayanagar rulers in 1367. It came into prominence during Saluva Narasimha Rayalu. Later, the most famous Vijayanagara emperor Srikrishna Devaraya, was kept restricted in this fort as a prince, till his coronation at Penukonda. It is also said that he met his future queen Chinna Devi at this fort. Chandragiri was the 4th capital of Vijayanagar Empire, Rayas shifted their capital to here when Golconda sultans attacked Penukonda. In 1646 the fort was annexed to the Golkonda territory and subsequently came under Kingdom of Mysore rule. It went into oblivion from 1792 onward.

Third entrance in the fort

The Raja Mahal Palace is now an archaeological museum. The palace is an example of Indo-Sarcen architecture of Vijayanagar period. The crowning towers represents the Hindu architectural elements. The palace was constructed using stone, brick, lime mortar and devoid of timber.
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  • We were late for the museum and the English sound and light show was very late at 8pm. We could not see it. It might have warranted a 4 rating otherwise. 20 mins by car from Tirupati. Ok to skip if sh...  more »
  • Chandragiri fort is a historical place of interest. It is not on par with Hampi but maybe with par Penukonda (second capital of Vijayanagar, and in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh). The fort its...  more »
  • Chandragiri Fort is a historical fort which attracts those who are interested in visiting Archaeological tourists site. This fort was built in the 11th century mostly associated with Vijayanagara King...  more »
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  • You should visit this place twice a day. Its open till 5 pm evening for proper visit. First visit should be before 5 pm. Great views with amazing hills besides Fort. Then in the late evening there is light and sound show at 8pm, 9pm. Sometimes show is not organized depending on how much crowd is coming to see it. In the show they tell you about the history of Fort in relation with Tirumala temple. One show is in English and one In Telugu.
  • Good place to see. Museum and evening light show is good. The palace was constructed using stones, bricks, lime mortar. Historical statues and idols has also brought fame and has religious signicance.
  • Good for a half a day spending for family. Things to cover - Museum and evening light show.. Light show starts 6.30 pm (they actually started around 6.50 pm though). There are 2 shows (story telling along with light shows), 1st in Telugu and 2nd in English. The roads to the fort is not good, it's narrow and not lighted well. There are no route boards to reach the fort, you need to check with the localities (if you're new to this place) to reach the fort.
  • One of the must visit places if you go to Tirupati. Just an heads up, watch out for the monkeys, will find lots of them. So, be careful.
  • A wonderful place to visit. I lived here in the town for over twenty five years. I wrote my first book here. Happiness is Chandragiri.

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