Penukonda was an important place in Vijayanagara empire. It is said to be one of the capital cities. Within Penukonda fort, which covers a large area on plains and hills, are several monuments of Vijayanagara period.. Gagan Mahal, Thimmarasu Bandhikhane, Kashi Vishwanatha temple, Yogi Rama Swamy temple, Pasirakkari Bavi, Narasimha Swamy temple, Narasimha Swamy temple on the hill, ruins of fort walls, ruins of Muslim tombs.. to name a few. At the fort's eastern are several inscriptions of the walls, language could be Kannada or Telugu. A good portion of Penukonda town is within the fort. Even the civil court building seems to be a heritage from British times.
January 3, 2015
On the way from Bangalore to Hyderabad, I stopped to check out the fort. However, once inside the fort I realised how vast it was and the number of monuments it contained. It would easily need few days of tour to cover it. I first stopped at Gagan Mahal, the summer palace and harem of Vijayanagara kings. The monument's gate was locked, no idea where the care-taker was. So I moved on to Thimmarasu jail, a stone's throw from the palace. After the jail, close by were the two temples dedicated to Rama and Siva. Here's the gateway to Kashi Vishwanatha Gudi..