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Medak Fort – History, Highlights, How to Reach – Complete Details

Medak Fort - History, Highlights
Medak Fort – History, Highlights

History of the Fort

Medak Fort is considered a heritage structure and a popular tourist attraction in Medak town. 

The fort has immense historical and architectural importance in Telangana. The Medak Fort is present on the top of a hill. The history of the Medak Fort roots back to medieval times as the huge fort was built about 800 years back in Medak. Medak was then the headquarters of the district. The fort attracts everyones attention with its unique construction. 

Medak Fort was built during the 12th century under the reign of the Kakatiya ruler, Pratapa Rudra. Medak Fort was initially called ‘MethukuDurgam’ in Telugu. It was ruled by Kakatiyas and later by the Qutub Shahis. We can also find a 17th-century Mosque in its premises built by the Qutub Shahis.

Highlights

To reach the fort, one has to climb 500 steps. The fort is present at a height of about 90 meters from the ground level and is spread across 100 acres in the hilly region. 

The three main entrances of the Medak Fort are the “Prathama Dwaram”, and the “SimhaDwaram” which feature two snarling lions at the top of these entrances. While the “GajaDwaram”, or the Elephant’s Entrance features a sculpture where two elephants are majestically interlocked on both sides of this entrance.

The main entrance features the double-headed “Gandabherundam”, the emblem of the Vijayanagara Empire built by the great ruler Srikrishna Devaraya. There is a 17th-century cannon, which is 3.2 meters long, with a trident etched skillfully on it. Soldiers in those times used natural topography, as the rocky surface offers a natural defense.  The ancient fort of Medak also houses a small lake, a barrack, and a warehouse.

How to Reach

Medak Fort is located in Medak town, Hyderabad, Telangana. It is situated nearly 96 km away. It is located about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Hyderabad city.

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Where to stay

One can easily find accommodation facilities in Medak. Haritha Accommodation in Medak is one of the nearest hotels present near the Medak Fort. The hotel provides unparalleled ambiance amid a wonderful heritage backdrop. Moreover, the hospitality at the hotel offer maximum comfort to tourists who opt for this hotel for accommodation.

Modes of Transportation

By Air

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is 146 km far from Medak. It is the nearest airport present to reach the Medak Fort. The distance to reach Medak Fort from Medak is 2.4 Km. One can avail Taxis to reach the destination.

By Train

As Medak town doesnot have any railway station, one has to reach nearby railway stations in Akkannapet(19.1 Km) & Kamareddy (60 km). These railway stations have a number of trains to major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Nanded, Vizag, and Hyderabad, etc. One can also opt for Taxi/cabs and buses that are available from the railway station to reach Medak. The distance to reach Medak Fort from Medak is 2.4 Km, Taxis are available to the destination.

By Road

Transport through bus if your location is near to Medak is one of the easiest ways to choose. One can opt road transport as there are frequent buses to Medak run by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) connecting to Hyderabad, Warangal, Siddipet, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, and Sangareddy. Bus transport is available from all important towns and cities up to Medak. The distance of Medak fort from Medak bus station is 2.4 km. One can opt for Taxis to reach the destination. 

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