Medak Fort

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Medak Fort is situated in Medak district in Andhra Pradesh, approximately 90 kilometers from the capital city of Hyderabad. The fort lies to the north of this famous city and the place may be reached by tourists by either roads or rail. Medak Fort is a major landmark left behind by the powerful Kakatiyan dynasty.

Medak Fort is basically a bastion built on a small hill which served as a vantage point for the Kakatiyan kings in ancient India. The fort was built in the 12th century during the regime of the Kakatiyan monarch, Prataparudra. The fort was originally known as Methuku durgam, which denotes cooked rice in the Tamil language. It acted as a commanding post for the Kakatians and later, for the Qutub Shahis. Thus the fort boasts an impressive historical and architectural legacy. The site has stood testimony to numerous wars over 5 centuries.

Medak Fort is noted for its architectural magnificence. Strategically located, it ensured anticipatory advantage over aggressors. The fort has three entrances decorated by lion and elephant sculptures.

Within the fort premises is a 17th century cannon, 3.2 meters long and having a muzzle diameter of 15 centimeters. A trident is engraved on its surface. Medak Fort also incorporates a mosque constructed during the Qutub Shahi regime. The height gives one a breathtaking view of the town and the surrounding regions. This ancient fort encapsulates the glory of the past.

Now, there is not much is left to see, but as it stands on a hillock, it offers a good view of the district.

Text courtesy : http://www.mapsofindia.com/hyderabad/famous-monuments/medak-fort.html

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3 comments

    • Thanks Sudhakar, trust me there is not much you might remember of the fort from except for the climb and the view of the city from there. An elevated vantage point makes an ordinary scene look so beautiful!

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