About Udayagiri Fort Nellore
It is at a height of 3079 feet With beautiful waterfalls and access is only by steps. During the rule of the Gajapathis and the Vijayanagar Rulers, this Town was a splendor. The ruins of 365 Temples found in the Town reflected the sculpture and architecture of various periods. The structure on the hill such as the –
- RanganathaTemple reflects Chola culture,
- Balakrishna Mandiram reflects Pallava culture
- Paruveta Mandapam reflects Vijayanagara Culture.
Other structures include Chinna Masjid and Pedda Masjid. A great Sufi Saint belonging to the 18th Century. Rahamathulla Nayab Rasool got absorbed in the higher self here. The Hill of Udayagiri is also popularly known as Sanjeevi Hills as there are so many medicinal plants on the hill. This place can be developed on par with Golconda Fort of Hyderabad.
History: The fort was built by Gajapatis and Vijayanagara kings in the 14th and 15th centuries. The army of Krishna Deva Raya attacked the fort. The fight lasted for 18 months and resulted at the end of Gajapati’s rule from the Telugu region. It was later ruled by chieftains of the Nawabs of Golconda and Arcot.
Architecture: A towering peak reaching a height of 994 m Local stories have mentioned the existence of Sanjeevani on these hills. The remains of several ancient temples, remarkable for their architecture are also seen. The fort complex consists of thirteen fortresses, eight on the hill and three below covering an area of about seven miles.
Officials of the Department of Archaeology found an underground tunnel within the fort. Presently, the fort has been turned into a bio-diversity park by the Tamilnadu forest department, with sites of historical importance, such as De Lannoy’s tomb, remaining as protected archaeological sites under the Archaeological Department of India.
This town is known as “Nawabi Adda”, as this was ruled by the Nawabs and the Muslim population is very high in this town. The town people mostly follow Islam and Hindu religions. Languages spoken are Telugu and Urdu
Timings to visit
09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Festivals celebrate at Udayagiri Fort
Every year the Sandal Festival is celebrated on the 26th of Rabi-UL-Awal month.
How to Reach Udayagiri Fort
By Air: Tirupati International Airport – 186 km
By Train: Nellore, Railway Station – 100 km
By Bus: Badvel RTC Bus Stand – 41.7 km, Nellore Bus Stand – 102 km
Udayagiri Fort, Coastal Andhra Region, Siddavaram, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh 524226, India.
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