Gurramkonda Fort is at a distance of 110 Km from Tirupati
Route: Tirupati – Piler – Vayalpadu – Gurram Konda. It is one of the interesting tourist places nearby Tirupati.
Gurramkonda Fort is a historical place located between Kadapa and the Bengaluru highway near Madanapalle in Chittoor district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Gurramkonda is a Mandal headquarters.
Gurramkonda is a Hill-Fort town whose historical name was Zafarabad. It hosted over forty mosques, all since destroyed. One Sufi Saint named Hazrath Shah Kamal came from Kirman of Old Persia and settled here. He taught Islam to the locals, spreading it throughout the village and its surroundings.
It was a fort town for the Vijayanagara kingdom under King Sree Krishna Deva Raya. The name came because the rulers rode horses to reach their palace at the top of the steep hill. Konda means Hill and Gurram mean Horse.
There is also a tomb for Tippu Sultan’s maternal uncle Maqbeera, similar to most Islamic tombs built in India.
Local lore states that a large deposit of diamonds and precious rocks were spread by the king across the hill when the kingdom was attacked. Even now, locals believe the treasure is hidden around the foot of the hill.
Gurramkonda Fort is a 500-year-old architectural masterpiece. It is made of Mortar.
How to reach Gurram Konda?
- The nearest airport is at Tirupati which is 128 Km away
- The nearest railway station is at Vayalpadu which is 18 km away
- The direct bus is available from Madanapalle, Piler and Vayalpadu.
GurramKonda Fort Photo-Gallery
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