Golkunda means a shepherd hill. It is a mix of splendor and magnificence of the architectural glory and the 800 years old ruins. The fort on the hill is surrounded by a sequence of heightened and broad walls built of granite. They form concentric circles all around it. Golkunda was once the centre of thriving trade for very popular Kohinoor diamonds. It was also the capital of the Andhra Pradesh.


This beautiful Golkunda fort is positioned 11 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital city of Andra Pradesh. You can hire a bus or you can buy bus tickets online. The name Golkunda means Golla and Konda in Telugu language. An important feature of this fort is that once you clap at the gate of the fort, you can hear the voice clearly at the top of the hill.

Origin of Golcondo

According to one of the legends, a young shepherd found a deity on the stony hill called ‘Mangalavaram’.

This news was passed on to the king named Kakatiya who ruled Golkunda during those days. He then planned the construction of this fort around that holy spot. It was then expanded into a huge granite structure by Qutub Shahi kings.

More about the Golkunda Fort

The majestic remains of the fort stand as the background to the city of Hyderabad.

The original fort was built in the year 1143 by Kakatiyas. It was declared as an independent kingdom by Quli Qutub-ul-milk. The fort was renovated and strengthened in the next 62 years. The popular tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers in Ibrahim Bagh are close to Golkunda fort. You can see the actual coffin in the center of each tomb over which is the burial vault.

You can enjoy the sprawling maze of the ruins located at the nearest possible distance from Hyderabad. The late evening visit will add up to your joy, as this place is well lit, which emphasizes on its minute structural beauty. Booking bus tickets in prior will help you reach this rich heritage monument with ease.

Special features

This place is definitely worth a visit if you are on a south India tour. The elegance and the splendor of the culture are worth experiencing. This tour around the fort will leave you enthralled with sheer space of the fort. It is one of the finest examples of the magnificent architecture in the country. The architectural design of the fort is remarkable.

The rich history and the deep culture will leave you speechless. It is one the best places on the planet. You can have a totally different experience of the relics. The spiritual history will add up to your enthusiastic trip.

You can hire a guide who will help you understand the importance of this fort throughout your trip and will also reveal few unknown facts behind these huge and amazing constructions. With the association of department of culture and Urdu academy, they also entertain you with the classical ballet dance. It depicts the great memoirs of the kings of Qutub dynasty. It includes 35 artists performing live in front of you. This program has gained great momentum now.

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