Built in 1303 AD, the fort stands on the banks of river Pennar and covers an area of 30 acres. The majestic gateways at the two ends have embellished pillars and intricate carvings of Gajalakshmi at the top. 17 square bastions which protected the area are still an impressive sight. A special feature of the fort is an ancillary passage allowing people to enter when the main gates are closed.
Often referred to as the gateway to Srisailam or Dakshina Kasi, Sidhout Fort also encompasses beautifully sculpted temples inside its premises. These included Siddheswara, Bala Brahma, Ranganayaka Swamy and a Durga Temple that attracts numerous pilgrims
How to reach : Located near Siddhavatam, around 25 Kms from Cuddapah.
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 ‘Gorge Fort’, it is a stone fort built upon a hill. Guarded by a huge entrance gate thats 20 feet high and 101 bastions each over 40 feet high, it still remains a very imposing structure. Believed to have been built during the later half of the 13th century A.D., Gandikota impressed the French traveler Tavernier, so much that he opined that it resembles Hampi Vijayanagara in its massive monuments.
Within the fort, there are many interesting places of worth seing. The Ranganatha and Madhavaswamy temples, built during the 15th and 16th centuries, are adorned with sculptures and are in an architectural style reminiscent of the Vijayanagara period. The Juma Masjid, covering a huge area stands next to a large granary, used to stockpile food during the time of a siege. An impressive Pigeon Tower and a palace with plastered decorations are also interesting structures.
From the top of the fort, you can have a breathtakingly panoramic view of the surrounding forests and valleys. Nearby, is the picturesque Mylavaram Dam which is a popular picnic spot because of the sparkling waters, lush trees and cool breeze, which make you want to stretch out and relax.
How to reach : It is located 77 Kms from Cuddapah and 15 Kms from Jammalamadugu.
A great star was born in 1424 at Tallapaka Village in Rajampet Mandal. He is Vaggeyakara Annamacharya. He favoured the lyrical style of poetry and composed songs and psalms. On Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala, his FAMILY DEITY he composed more than Thirty two thousand devotional hymns – Sankeerthanas. These keerthanas were set to Carnotic style of music and are very popular throughout India.
Annamacharyas Wife TIMMAKKA is the first poetess in Telugu literature. She composed Subhadrakalyanam. The sons and grand children of Annamacharya were all born poets who continued their writings in the footsteps of Annamacharya. Kadapa districts name is glorified by the efforts of Tallapaka Poets.
Chennakesava, Siddeswara temples, Srichakra, Eka, Tatayya idol and TTD dhyanamandir are the main attractions to the tourists.
Annamacharya established a Hundi at Tirumala and enriched the temple.
How to reach : Located 55 Kms from Cuddapah & 6 Kms from Rajampet on Cuddapah-Chennai highway.