Chandragiri is a small village and is well known for its beautiful fort also called
as Chandragiri Fort. Once the capital of Vijayanagar Empire, Chandragiri is situated at a distance of about 54kms from Chittoor town.
This fort is tactically located
over the top of a small hill about 183m high. The strong walls stand erect to the
southern side of the fort, enclosing the hill. There is also a ditch surrounding
the fort so as to prevent any intruder from entering in. The remains of the lower
fort contains two palaces, the lower portion of which is built in stone and the
upper with brick. This lighting system makes the fort look even more beautiful and
is eye-catching during night time. The modern town of Chandragiri lies to the east
of the hill on which the fort stands.
The main building is called as Raja Mahal
which is an impressive three storied structure with arched façade, crowned with
Hindu style of architecture. This majestic building in the fort premises, with colourful
lighting, enhances the beauty of this place. It stands as an excellent example of
the Indo-Saracenic architecture. The central durbar has occupied two storeys and
is crowned by Dravida-Vimana. The roofs are supported by massive pillars in groups
carrying cross arches with strong square ceilings which are decorated with stucco
figurines. The entire fort is constructed using stone and brick in mortar and is
well plastered. The entrance of this Mahal faces the hill on the north while the
balconies and windows on the south overlooking the extensive grounds where perhaps
the troops paraded. As you explore more and more, you’ll discover and feel the royal
lifestyle of our kings in the past.