Are you travelling through Raichur and have a few hours time that you can spend?
Good news! You can have a bit of a adventurous pit-stop at Raichur.
Mavina Kere (Literal translation- Mango Pond) and Raichur Fort are at a distance of 1km by walk from Raichur Junction Railway Station. The best hours of the day would be early in the morning (6am to 9am) or evenings (4pm to 6pm) or the heat would be tiring.
Mavina Kere is a calm lake with a track around and you can spot people jogging and walking. This place also offers an opportunity to meditate in silence.
Then proceed towards the Raichur fort and this is where the adventure begins. The route to Raichur Fort is a bit tricky and there are 2 routes to the top. Walk towards Amba Bhavani Temple and then just before the Dargah (Taj Badi Mosque) on the left, there are a few narrow steps to the top with houses on both sides.
Whenever you feel like that you have hit the dead end, walk back to take the immediate other alternative route (I'm not mentioning the exact route to create an element of surprise finding the route there).
The hike to the top in the early morning fog with the birds chirping around and the cold winds blowing across you while bhajans play in the background is an experience beyond words.
Then you find the grand entrance to the fort and then the view of Mavina Kere lake from the top. It is Wowww!!!
Take the steps or find your own path to the top. Throughout your journey to the top you will get the glimpses of the city of Raichur.
Yayyy!!! You have finally reached the summit of the fort. You are now the King/Queen of Raichur who is overlooking the people of the Kingdom, quenching the thirst and eating fruits after a conquest which you have finally achieved.
The view at the top is calming. There is a 13th century cannon, a Dargah, view through the windows of the 13th century architecture and peace of mind.
You can head back in the same route or try figuring out the other route which I missed and ended up jumping barricades, walls and jumping down from the rocks to a safe passage out of the fort through Dargah Hz Sheikh Miyan.
This is the last point which I know for sure is the way to the outside world.
Cost: ₹30 (as it was getting late for the bus).
Time: 2.5 hours (max).