Tirupati Chandragiri Fort

Tirupati Chandragiri Fort History, Timings, Entry fees

Chandragiri is famous for the historical fort, built in the 11th Century and served as the headquarters of Narasimha Saluva in 1485. Chandragiri was the 4th capital of Vijayanagar Empire. Rayas shifted their capital to here when Golconda Sultans attacked Penugonda.

The crowning towers represent the Hindu architectural elements. The palace was constructed using stone, brick, lime mortar and devoid of timber.

Chandragiri Fort Museum

The Raja Mahal palace is now an Archaeological Museum, which houses a great collection of metal and stone sculptures dating back to 2nd BC. The museum can be categorized into Bronze Gallery, Stone Gallery, Model Gallery, and Yaganti Gallery.

Bronze Gallery hosts artic rafts that were made out of Pancha Loha, a mixture of copper, brass, white lead, silver and gold metals. The gallery hosts a collection of utensils, coins, temple ware, dating back to 10th century A.D. The highlights of the bronze collection are the bells, harathi plates, idols of  Lord Vishnu, Navaneetha Krishna, Sita and Ram, Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi, Veerbadra incarnation of Lord shiva with four hands. There is also a lion leg which is made out of Bronze.

There is also a collection of armoury used in those days like Draggers, knives, swords, head shields used in battlefields and iron chains.

The stone gallery has to its collection the Kalyana Sundara- Shiva’s marriage to Parvathi, Kala Bhairava, Sati, Alwar, Seated Vishnu and many more. There is also the ‘Shila Sasanam’ of those days.

The Model Gallery house Paleolithic Tool and Microlith Tools, Stucco heads and copper coins used in the times of Vijayanagara kingdom. There is also a peacock carved in wood dating back to 17th Century A.D

Tirupati Chandragiri Fort Visiting Hours

Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm . Friday Holiday.

Admission fee: Adults – Rs.10 . Free entry for Children up to 15 years.

Photography prohibited inside museum. Photography allowed at fort premises.

Rest Room: Available on the west side of the museum

Wheel chair facility available.

How to reach Chandragiri Fort from Tirupati?

  1. A.P.S.R.T.C runs local buses from Tirupati and Chandragiri at a frequency of 30 mins.
  2. It takes 30  – 40 mins from Tirupati Central Bus station to Chandragiri Fort.
  3. Bus Route to Chandragiri Fort : Tirupati Central Bus station -> Tirupati Railway Station -> S.V.University Road -> Chandragiri.
  4. Buses to Chittoor, Pakala, Kanipakkam goes via Chandragiri Fort.
  5. 12 Km from Tirupati

Chandragiri Fort Laser Lighting Show Timings

Summer Shows

  • First Show: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm  in Telugu
  • Second Show: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm in English

Winter Shows

  • First Show – 6:30 pm  – 7:15 pm in Telugu
  • Second Show: 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm in English
  • Ticket Cost: Rs.30 for Adults and Rs.20 for Children
  • Entry after 6 pm for Sound & Light Show.

Chandragiri Fort Old and News Pics

Chandragiri Fort Laser Lighting Show

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