Traveling in Telangana, around Hyderabad always give a touch to Deccan history,every turn of the roads will tell you something or the other. Even outside of Hyderabad, there lay several historical places that will give you the essence of the great Deccan dynasty. We are going to see one such option available for a one day trip from Hyderabad or weekend gateway from Hyderabad to KoilKonda Fort and Koil Sagar Dam.
Do you want to trek? Or on the other hand, you are simply thinking to begin a trek for an undertaking background? Well, whatever the explanation is, Koil Konda and Koil Sagar offer plenty of trekking spots where you will go through thick forest, rocky slopes and streams en route.
In general how to reach Koilkonda?
Mahbubnagar is the nearest big town near Koil Konda. You can opt for a private taxi, ola, uber or government buses to reach Mahbubnagar. Government buses regularly run from Hitech city, kacheguda, Faluknama, Secundrabad, etc.
Indian railway provides a lot of information regarding train timings. You have pick one which suits your timings.
From Mahbubnagar, you can get plenty of options like hired cabs, jeep, autos to Koilkonda.
Koil Konda and Koil Sagar trip planning
This trip was arranged by Ujjal and Mangalika (our friend).
Before heading towards this place, we (my wife and I) had no idea , where we were going. Every visit gave us new experiences, new learning, and more joy. We did not bother much. We wanted a break. So thought to escape for a day to Koil Konda to retreat ourselves.
Ujjal -Behind Alto
Animesh-Behind Ford Figo
Just before going, we got to know the name of the place was Koilkonda. I googled it and found to be a fort. It was worked during the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. You will also see a mini Humpi style fort.
The visiting places are :
- Koil Konda Fort
- Koil Sagar Dam
- Real village life experience
- Anjaneya Swamy temple
- Sri Ramkonda Hills and Lord Ram temple
We started our journey at around noon.
The route was as follows:
TSPA–ORR–Take exit 16(towards RGI airport)–Bangalore route–NH44–Mehbubnagar–Koilkonda fort–Koil Sagar Dam–MehbubNagar–NH44-RGI airport–TSPA
We drove till TSPA via service road and met the outer ring road. We took exit no 16 then towards Bangalore highway. we paid Rs 30 toll to the toll gate of ORR and collected a two-way toll ticket on the Bangalore highway. Cost-Rs 90.
This was the first time, we were traveling towards Mahbubnagar. The Bangalore highway was awesome to drive with excellent four lanes. We took almost 1:30 hrs to reach Mahbubnagar. After Mehbubnagar we took right towards Koilkonda. The road was good. More we went towards the fort the scenic beauty becomes prominent even at the 43 degrees in full summer on April 31st.
Reaching KoilKonda fort
Koilkonda fort situated on a hilltop of Koilkonda hill. It was a tax collection outpost of the great Qutb shahi dynasty. Not too many people visit this place compared to other destinations of Telangana.
Ujjal asked many people for the correct route. To my surprise, not many locals knew about this place. We had to follow google map and the guidance of very few locals. Finally, we reached the base of the fort.
The tax collection point lost its glory and even locals began to forget it. One more experience, we had. That is locals don’t know much Hindi. I asked them where is the killa? They could not understand. But when asked where is the Koilkonda fort, they showed us the direction.
Few more observations:
Koilkonda was a very remote place of Mahbubnagar hence offered very basic things.
There was nothing called a proper hotel or restaurant. Few tea stalls were available on the road. We did not opt for tea.
People were mostly poor. They were conservative too. So unnecessary exposing or flashy cloths could draw the attention of the locals. All of us were normal and formals. There were no ATM facilities,even petrol bunks did not accept card!!.
Medical shops were available near the Koil Konda bus stop. I had noticed a few doctor’s names in the dispensaries. Also, small puncture shops were available but I did not notice any big garage. I did not notice any hotel or accommodation facilities. From the Koilkonda bus top, we had to take left to reach Koilkonda fort.
Koilkonda Fort is situated around 150 KM away from Hyderabad. It is 1.5 KM from the Koilkonda market place, 25 KM from Mahbubnagar. Once we took the final turn, we could see a glimpse of the fort. Till the base of the fort, it was motorable so we drove till last. The fort area was vacant. There was plenty of fort’s space available right in front of the base but no systematic parking was available. I just found two good places and parked our cars.
No security guards were available. There was no entry fee. We were up for a guide, who could have explained to us the history, eased the journey with some hidden path used by locals. But we found none!!!.
The Koil Konda fortress, when an outpost of warangle kakatiya’s remaining parts covered up in the thick wilderness till you arrive at the base of the slope. From the bottom, only a piece of the fortification is seen and it doesn’t show up high, But the way really ends up through numerous little slopes and at certain spots, there is just a tight edge to stroll on.
The fort area was empty. We saw that there is nobody else in the sight and we were just 4 persons who were in their adventure to venture the fort. From the base the fortress wall was visible. It was immense. There is a clear way or passage, stairways towards the top of the hill.
At around 3:05 PM we started climbing to the fort on our own. We heard that there were seven gates till we reach to the top. Mangalika and Ujjal had some information about this fort so they started guiding us. There was a clear way leading to the fort. We followed that.