That was really a super quick ride to Medak. When I came to Hyderabad two years back, the only places known to me was Charminar, Golconda Fort and such famous tourist places. Its after a while I realized, there are other beautiful places to dig on, which is less intervened by humans. As I started exploring them, list went on and on. This is one such place which was on my list.
We started by afternoon, caught up NH44 via ORR from Uppal. After riding around 110 km, for nearly 2 hours we reached Medak town. Town was kind of busy at the time we reached.
Our first stop was at Medak Fort. The road shown in google map was undergoing some maintenance works. Searching for an alternate route we ended up in a local market.
It was during my recent trip to Srisailam, I got a chance to visit the tribal museum from where I came to know about the tribal living in Telangana and surrounding places. I was obsessed with their way of living and mostly their traditional attires with splendid colors, mirror works and bangles. Though we ended up in a wrong route here, I was so happy when we spotted these women in the street.
Throughout climbing up the fort, we can see the Medak town in full glory.
Though the fort is spread over an area of 100 acres and elevated at about 90 meters height, you won't feel much tiredness. Hills are not that steep as Bhongir fort, you will be knowing that if you have climbed before.
There were not many people on the day we went. It was almost isolated. Throughout our expedition, these monkeys were accompanying us, making scary sounds. It looked like they didn't like our arrival to the fort.
The history of the fort dates back to the 12th century. It was built during the reign of Kakatiya ruler Pratapa Rudra I, which served as a command outpost, which was carried over to Bahamanies and Qutb Shahis as time passed. The fort which is in ruins now has witnessed battle scenes for almost five centuries.
You can enjoy the ruined fort which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture and the picturesque view of the landscapes.
There is a mosque at the top of the fort built by the Qutb Shahis in the 17th century. At present, there is a police outpost and transmission towers on the top of the fort.
The district is marked as a part of the red corridor.
The other side of the fort was filled with paddy fields. On the way also we could enjoy the green fields throughout the journey.
You can also spot a cannon on one of the sides of the fort. It took more than 1 hour for us to explore the fort followed by the mandatory photo session.
The architecture of the church is in gothic style. Its an architectural style prevailed in Europe having characteristics such as pointed arches, the vaulting supported by intersecting arches and the flying buttress. I have visited another palace built in gothic style in Hyderabad named Asmangarh Palace.
As we had to visit Pocharam Dam also, we didn't spent much time in the church. It was already getting dark. We drove to the reservoir which is 16 KM away from the church.
Pocharam wildlife sanctuary is on the way, before reaching the dam. While we were heading to the Reservoir, we could spot many peacocks on the roadside itself.
Sun was settling down by the time we reached. Except some students from a college who came for a day trip, no one was there, except us.
There is also a bungalow of Nizam's built near to the dam which now is called as Ghost Bungalow. Can you spot the bungalow left side of the picture??
The student gang left after some time, and we were left in that isolated place. Some people were fishing in the river. Post monsoon will be the best time to visit the dam.