The history of India is incomplete without the existence of forts, palaces and temples. With innumerable temples and forts in each and every state, India is one of the richest cultural and historical places in the world. Be it east or west, north or south, India is nowhere deprived of its age-old history and centuries-old palaces.
Chandragiri is one amongst the major places which holds the legend of the past and the beauty of today. With several magnificent palaces and a beautiful Chandragiri Fort dating back centuries, it is definitely a weekend getaway for history-lovers and for those, who boast of the everlasting greatness of the country.
If you are looking forward to spending your weekend in the royal space of Indian history, then visit this historical place of Chandragiri, a small village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, famous for its inspiring chronicles of yesteryears.
Best Time To Visit Chandragiri
Due to an extreme type of climate, it is advisable to visit Chandragiri from October until the end of November and from February until the end of April. If you are looking forward to roaming around and scrutinizing the forts and palaces comfortably, then avoid visiting Chandragiri during the summer season.
How To Reach Chandragiri
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By Air: If you are travelling to Chennai by air, then you can take a cab directly from the Chennai airport to Chandragiri. The Chennai airport is at an approximate distance of 160 km.
By Rail: There are no direct trains available between Chennai and Chandragiri. However, you can catch a train from Chennai to Tirupati and then take a cab to Chandragiri.
By Road: Situated at a distance of 145 km from Chennai, Chandragiri is easily accessible by road. You can either take a bus or hire a cab from Chennai and you will be in Chandragiri within minimum time.
If you are commuting on your own, then following is the route which should be taken while going to Chandragiri from Chennai.
Chennai - Puzhal - Narayanavanam - Tirupati - Chandragiri
This is the fastest and engaging route as you come across various temples, waterfalls and ancient towns on this route. Altogether, this route has been proved to be the best while travelling to Chandragiri from Chennai. On the way, here are some places that you can explore:
1) Puzhal Lake
Built in 1876 during the British period, it is one of the major rain-fed reservoirs and has been catering to the needs of surrounding cities and towns by supplying adequate quantity of water. On account of its location at the base of Red Hills, it is also known as Red Hills Lake.
If you want to spend some time amidst the calmness of nature before moving on to explore the past, then it is a must-see place for you.
2) Kailasakona Falls
While on your way to Chandragiri, why not take a bath in this beautiful Kailasakona Waterfall? It has been a favourite en route stoppage since the time of its discovery. Every passer-by never forgets to catch a glimpse of this wonderful fall and gets immersed in the bells ringing at the temple located at the base of this fall.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and hence the waterfall is named Kailasakona.
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Well, we all know what Tirupati is famous for. Whenever Tirupati comes in the frame, the first and foremost thing that comes to our mind is its world-famous Venkateswara Temple and Laddu, which is offered to visitors as prasad.
How about visiting the Tirumala Hills this time apart from the temples? Let us tell you that the Tirumala Hills are gaining popularity day by day. Every traveller coming to enjoy the spiritual beauty of this town is found somewhere relishing the natural beauty of Tirumala Hills.
Once you are in Chandragiri, there is a lot to explore all around you. From Rani Mahal to a museum and a fort to gardens, you will have several options to go for. Following are the major tourist places in this historical town:-
1) Raja Mahal
An example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, it is encircled by the Chandragiri Fort. As of now, this masterpiece is acting as an archaeological museum with several artefacts and ruined blocks kept silently yet making all the noise of its history in the hall.
If you really love exploring the past, then it is a must-visit place for you. Do not miss the chance of interviewing the yesterday of this palace.
2) Chandragiri Fort
Even though it is closed to the public now, you can catch a glimpse of its ruined architecture while visiting Raja Mahal or Rani Mahal. It is under the maintenance of the Archaeological Survey Of India. Built in the 11th century under the kingdom of Vijayanagar Empire, Chandragiri fort is still standing with its past clamouring through the corridors.
3) Rani Mahal
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Another palace encircled by the fort, Rani Mahal was the palace of the queen of Chandragiri. Situated atop the hill and on another side of Raja Mahal, it is an important piece of Indo-Saracenic architecture where several history lovers could be seen exploring the hidden beauty of the palace.
You can also rest under the trees in the garden beside this palace and feel the gentle breeze and learn about the tales and legends of the Chandragiri Fort.