I always wanted to explore Rachakonda Fort, which is less than 2 hours from home. Finally, beautiful monsoon weather motivated me and my neighbors from INDU to embark on a trek this morning.
Rachakonda Fort was constructed at the beginning of the 14th century A.D. by Recherla Singama Nayak, who started an independent clan when the Kakatiya Dynasty lost its glory at the beginning of the 14th Century A.D.
A great historical significance can be drawn from the way the fort has been constructed and layered over two adjacent hills. The typical structure of a fort with courtrooms and dorms does not exist here, it is more of defense walls, gateways, and bastions that are still intact.
The facts about the rocks on this trek are as interesting as their history. The rocks in and around the Rachakonda Fort are one of the oldest rocks to have existed on this planet! These rocks are about 2.5 million years old. The rock formations in this trek are unique and gorgeous! (Source)
This trek will take you through plenty of gateways, underpasses, and inscriptions and give you a tour of the medieval Hindu town planning and architecture before unleashing the unending views of the valley. The trek can take about 2 to 3 hrs for the round trip from the entrance and requires moderate effort. But it’s a lot more fun and beautiful if explored in Monsoon.