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CHANDRAGIRI FORT

Chandragiri, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

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It was built in the year 1000AD during the rule of Yadavanaidus. Later it was taken over by the Vijayanagara rulers in 1367. The most famous Vijayanagara emperor, Srikrishna Devaraya, was kept hidden in this fort as a prince, till his coronation at Penukonda. It is also said that he met his future queen Chinna Devi at this fort. Chandragiri was the 4th capital of Vijayanagar Empire.

Chandragiri Fort was the last bastion of the Vijaynagar Empire. It is spread over a hillock located near the temple town of Tirupati. Its massive walls, punctuated with bastions and surrounded with a ditch, enclose the remains of palaces and temples. Most of these structures were erected by the Vijaynagaras. Their successor, Aravidus, strengthened them. In 1646, Aravidus captured this fort from Vijaynagar Kings. The well-known Aravidu king Venkatapatideva used Chandragiri as a base to rule over the territories of Vijaynagar.

Vijaynagaras had a good architectural acumen. The magnificent Raja Mahal is the evidence of that. Its facade has three arcaded storeys and on the top there is a pyramidal tower. This palace has been extensively renovated. The nearby ‘Rani Mahal’ is identical to the Raja Mahal, but is smaller in size. The excavations further north appear to be the royal residences. There are a few abandoned temples near the palaces. Most of them date back to the 15th and 16th centuries .

Interesting Facts

  • There is a collection of armory used in those days like Draggers, knifes, swords, head shields used in battle fields and iron chains.
  • The stone gallery has to its collection the Kalayana Sundara- Shiva’s marriage to Parvathi, Kala Bhairava, Sati, Alwar, Seated Vishnu and many more.
  • The Model Gallery house Paleolithic Tool and Microlith Tools, Stucco heads and copper coins used in the times of Vijayanagara kingdom. There is also a peacock carved in wood dating back to 17th Century A.D

Suggested time duration

4 Hours

Crowded Period

Weekend

Best Season To Visit

October – March

Do's & Dont's

  • Do not enter restricted zone, which is meant for your safety.
  • Avoid touching & scratching the walls & surfaces of the monument as these are heritage sites and need special care.
  • Visitors are requested not to make noise inside the monument.

Architecture

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Timings

Day Start Time End Time Adult Entry Fee Child Entry Fee
All Days
09:00 AM 08:00 PM
  • Friday is Holiday

Day - Timings - activities - price

Day Timings Activities Price(Rs)
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Saturday
7:00 PM Laser show Adults
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Saturday
7:00 AM Boating Adults

Transport Connections

Name Distance Contact Number
A.P.S.R.T.C. BUS STAND, Tirupati
13 KM 0877-2289907
Tirupati Railway Station
13 KM 0877-2225810
Tirupati International Airport
25 KM 0877-2275354

What to Carry

Carry water and light food

Suitable For

Adults Disabled Elderly Children Infants

Facilities

Toilets

Parking

Parking is available for 10 cars.

Route Alert

This road is Double road which connects to state highway.

Nearest Town

Town Name Distance
Tirupati 12 KM

Nearest Temples

SRI KALYANA VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE
 Srinivasa Mangapuram, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Considered most sacred after Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala.

Distance: 3 KM
SRI GOVINDARAJA SWAMY TEMPLE
 Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Lord Govindaraja (Vishnu) is in sleeping posture

Distance: 12 KM
SRI KODANDA RAMASWAMY TEMPLE
 Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Lord Sri Rama took rest here on his return from Lanka.

Distance: 13 KM
SRI PADMAVATHI DEVI TEMPLE
 Tiruchanur, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Godessess Padmavati emerged in Lotus here

Distance: 15 km
SRI KAPILESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE
 Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Kapila Maharshi worshipped Lord Siva at this place.

Distance: 15 KM

Nearest Attractions

WildlifeSRI VENKATESWARA NATIONAL PARK
  Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

One of the biosphere reserves of India in admist of Seshachalam hill ranges.

Distance:10 KM
Spiritual MonumentsSREEVARI PADAALU
  Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Lord Venkateswara set his feet first when he came down from Vaikuntam.

Distance:10.4 KM
BoatingSHILPARAMAM BOATING AREA
  Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

A joyful Boat ride in the Art and Artifactual hub, The Shilparamam

Distance:12 KM
MuseumSRI VENKETESWARA MUSEUM
  Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Religious artifacts of Puja utensils, Time-honored art

Distance:35 KM
Natural AttractionsSILATHORANAM
  Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Natural stone formation

Distance:36 KM
WaterfallsTALAKONA WATERFALLS
  Bakrapeta, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Talakona Waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in A.P.

Distance:51 KM
TrekkingNAGALAPURAM TREKKING
  Nagalapuram , Andhra Pradesh, India

Mystical Trek along with tier wise Water pools alongside the Trek.

Distance:75 KM

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CHANDRAGIRI FORT

Chandragiri Fort Road, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

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