Gandikota is a small village located in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was established in 1123 by Chalukyan king of Kalyana named Ahavamalla Someswara I. The Gandikota fort was constructed by the Kappa king during 13th century. Situated on the banks of river Pennar, Gandikota derives its name from two Telugu words ‘Gandi’ meaning gorge and, ‘kota’ meaning fort. Also known as George fort, it is guarded by a huge entrance gate that’s 20 feet high and 101 bastions each over 40 feet high. The fort is surrounded by the deep gorge, impenetrable hills and dense forest. The landscape also includes monolithic boulders of red granite.
Although numerous empires control this fort but Nayaka empire control lost for 300 years. Others were-The Chalukya, Viyanagara, Nayaka, Mughal, Quli Qutub and also the British. Gandikota has mixed culture but dominated by Kakatiya Dynasty of Warangal.
Ranganath Swami Temple.
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