Rachakonda Fort Overview
The Rachakonda Fort was constructed in 14th century by Recherla Singama Nayak from Padma Nayaka dynasty who ruled the region of Rachakonda. The Fort was the capital to the Rachakonda region. The region was first ruled by Kakatiyas, Padma Nayakas, Bahmani Sultans, Qutub Shahi and finally Nizams.
The Rachakonda fort is a good example of medieval Hindu fort architecture. It is a structure made of large stones. The fort built as a two story structure was constructed without using any mortar. The hills surrounds the Fort also provide good opportunity for trekking and provide panoramic view of the plains below. At the entrance, there are gateways made of stone pillars and horizontal beams. The exterior walls of the building are built with stone and the interiors are layered with mud. The structure of Rachakonda Fort was strategically developed as a defensive bastion with strong fortifications. Recently, a 6 feet Shiva Lingam was found when unidentified people started digging for treasure at Rachokonda Fort.
The Dasavatara sculptures in a cave near Pattabhigutta and the five temples in the town are excellent specimens of Kakatiya art and architecture.