Koilkonda Fort, Koilkonda (V & M)
Importance of the Destination:
Koilkonda Fort, the erstwhile outpost of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, is perched on a hilltop, on the NH 7, 125 km from Hyderabad. To reach the top, one needs to trudge across a deep canyon on the west or a series of streams if coming through east before reaching a plight of steps that leads to the fort. To enter the Koilkonda Fort, seven gates have to be crossed. The first one spots an inscription of Ibrahim Qutab Shah that dates back to 1550. Fourth gate leads to a dilapidated palace. Along with the fort, which itself is a magnificent structure, there is also a mosque and an Idgah.