Kondaveedu Fort To Be Developed As A Tourism Spot
The historical Kondaveedu Fort in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, had been in a state of neglect for a long time and though there were many proposals to develop it by the different governments that ruled the state, nothing happened so far. If properly developed it will become a major tourist centre in the state, owing to its proximity to the capital Amaravati. This potential was noticed by the state government, which is now planning to develop the area as well as improving connectivity to the fort.
Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao participated in the Janmabhoomi programme held at Kondaveedu in Yedlapadu mandal. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the historic Kondaveedu Fort will be developed as a world-class tourism center. “We have already taken up the ghat road works of Kondaveedu Fort at an estimated cost of Rs. 40 crore and are making efforts to set up a zoological park, museum and a star hotel at Kondaveedu Hill,” he said and added government had already allotted land to ISKCON for taking up a temple project at a cost of Rs. 200 crore at Kondaveedu.
The Kondaveedu Fort was built by Reddy rulers and was renovated by various rulers who succeeded them. Due to its height from the sea level, Kondaveedu Fort was considered as one of the strongest forts.
The Ramalingeswara and Narasimha Swamy temples in Kondaveedu, Mulankareswari temple at Aminabad, Siva temple on the hillock and Narasimha Swamy temple are in a state of ruin. For the ruling Reddy Kings, offering special prayers to Goddess Mulakareswari was customory.
The hill also has three tanks for irrgation, with Vedulla Cheruvu still having water.
The great poet, Kavi Sarvabhowma Srinathudu worked as an education officer at King Pedakomati Vemareddy’s court. Ancient inscriptions issued by Queen Suramamba, wife of King Prolaya Vemareddy were also seen at Phirangipuram. The inscription was issued on the occasion of inauguration of a tank for drinking water and irrigation purposes in 1415 AD. Such inscriptions provide us with history of the place.