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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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  • Its a very good place to visit for the history lovers. Its fort. but here the only bad thing is, they will not allow you to go up on stairs from the fort.  more »
  • Visited this place on our trip to Tirupati from Bangalore. Its easy to drop by, if you are on your own vehicle. There is museum which is of interest for like minded with many artifacts and statues. Th...  more »
  • Visit this place only if you are a history buff and have an extra day at Tirupati. It was the capital of what was left of the Vijaynagar Empire after the catastrophic Battle of Tallikota and therefore...  more »
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  • Part of history, the Chandragiri fort narrates a story of kings and queens. The place is maintained by the ASI. The main palace and the zenana enclosure are the two main structure to be explored here. The upkeep of the two structures seems decent from the outside. However, the inside leaves much room for cleanliness with bird dropping and cob webs all around. There almost no one to guard and the visitors are left to themselves. Guides are available only on the weekends.
  • Friday holiday. Nicely build Mahal. Most of the fort wall's and most of the temple's are damaged. No care.
  • A good place to visit it hosts a museum which is worth visiting and also has a lake view which is simply awesome.
  • Best archeology place.... Nothing much to see ... Can plan for 3hrs... Can go for trekking over the boundary wall...
  • Cherished under vijayanagara kingdom.The site for fort St.George in Madras was sold by this kingdom to British and the document was signed and sealed here. https://plus.google.com/+ElanghoKrishnan https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705384666179814

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