· Summer: March-May (22°C - 41°C)
· Winter: December-February (15°C - 30°C)
· Monsoon: June-October
Best time to visit:
Opening Time: 10:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil
Entry Fees for Indians
Adults: INR 5
Video Camera: Nil
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Perched on a small hillock of the Eastern Ghats, Kondapalli Fort is a 14th century structure built by the local ruler Prolaya Verma Reddy, mainly for the recreational purposes. The historical fort exchanged hands through various dynasties and was finally used as the British as a powerful military base. Apart from three massive gateways and three-storey rock tower, the fort is famous for its Tanisha Palace.
A holy dargah (shrine) dedicated to the Persian Saint Garib Sahib is another highlight within the fort. Visitors also take interest in exploring Rani Mahal (Queen Palace), Dancing Hall, Gajshala (Elephant Stable), Dinning Hall and other structures. Several reservoirs, especially the one fed by a natural spring adds to the place’s beauty. Commanding views of the surroundings are indeed a rejuvenating experience. When at Kondapalli, don’t miss the opportunity to buy the very charming toys made of light wood.
The fort can be accessed on a small trek from the village of Kondapalli. Alternatively, there is a road route that supports transportation by local buses, taxis and private vehicles. National Highway 9 and Vijayawada-Mylavaram Road connect the fort with Vijayawada.
A small railway station is located at Kondapalli, about 11 km. from the fort. It is better to choose to travel from Vijayawada Railway Station, which is only 20 km. away due to better transport availability and connectivity of trains from major cities. From these railway stations, you can hire a taxi for the connecting road trip.
Vijayawada Airport at Gannavaram at the distance of about 40 km. is a small airport with limited air connectivity. For better air connections, Hyderabad International Airport (about 270 km.) is a better option.