Approximately 26 kilometres from Guntur, the Kondaveedu fort is becoming one of the more popular trekking spots in the south. Located in Andhra Pradesh, it takes around 7-8 hours by car from Chennai, but it's oh so worth making a visit!
Constructed by the Reddy Kings in the 14th Century, it's the serene environment and the less crowded hilltop that make Kondaveedu Fort the perfect place to unwind. The journey to the fort itself is super adventurous, filled with multiple hairpin bends. Located in the Kondaveedu village, this fort is situated about 1700 metres above sea level and the view from the hill is simply breathtaking. Privately arranged transport from Guntur is however recommended to get to the village, as no government transport ply as you go further.
The trekking begins at the entrance of the Kodaveedu village and is about 3 kms long. Although the fort is in a dilapidated condition, one can see the entire city of Guntur from this point, which makes the climb worthwhile. There is no entry fee or any kind of ticketing system. But it's advised to plan a one day trip to this place as decent accommodations are available only as you go back to Guntur or at least 15 kilometres away. However, there is a fairly new roadway installed, so you can rest assured the whole journey will be smooth and enjoyable. Just don't forget to pack durable shoes, snacks and water.
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