Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort 

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18th Dec 2016
Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

After having a super awesome trip to Rachakonda Fort last week, the travel bug was biting us again. Read,

Rachakonda Fort - An epitome of History & Adventure!

This weekend again called for a getaway trip from Hyderabad. After a preliminaryresearch, we chose Koilkonda Fort & Koilsagar Dam in Mahbubnagar for our day trip.

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort  1/1 by Madhumita Banerjee
~~View from top of Koilkonda Fort~~

Accordingly, on a Sunday morning, we set out for our trip as early as 8am from Hyderabad.It was quite hot at 8am itself. We realized that it would be extremely difficult for us to trek in the Fort under the scorching heat of the Sun, so we planned to visit the Koilsagar Dam first, then post lunch, we would explore Koilkonda Fort.

Koilsagar Dam is situated around 140 km from Hyderabad in Mahbubnagar District. The route to Koilkonda Dam is pretty straight & simple. Google map guided us to our destination. We followed ORR-> NH 44->Mahbubnagar route. The route became scenic only when we were close to our destination. Instead of finding lush green landscape, we came across dry yellowish green landscape. I wonder in winter, the area is so dry! How will the area be in summer! I dare not visit these places in summer.

~~Beautiful Countryside~~

Photo of Koilsagar Project and Reservoir, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~A Railway Station in the middle of Nowhere~~

Photo of Koilsagar Project and Reservoir, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Dry & Dusty Roads~~

Photo of Koilsagar Project and Reservoir, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Driving is such a delight, when roads are so beautiful~~

Photo of Koilsagar Project and Reservoir, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Small villages along Koilsagar reservoir~~

Photo of Koilsagar Project and Reservoir, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

We reached Koilsagar Dam around noon. The Koilsagar Dam is constructed on Peddavagu River- a tributary of Krishna River. It is situated in a very picturesque location in between mountains. The view was very refreshing and scenic.

~~Finally we reached our Destination~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Koilsagar Dam~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Pathways along the Dam~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

When the Sun is right above your head and there is no shade around, it becomes quite difficult to enjoy nature. That’s what happened with us in Koilsagar Dam. There is no place to sit and relax by the Dam. There is no shade as such.

There is a stairway to reach to the Dam, from where you can enjoy the pictorial beauty of the water body. The gates of the Dam were closed. There is no boating facility on the Dam unlike Nagarjunasagar. There was a good depth in water level in the Dam; hence water recreation didn’t seem to be a safer option either. May be due to this reason, the place doesn’t offer any such activities.

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Serene Lake~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Flight Of Freedome~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Rocky Terrains~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

Few localites were in sight enjoying by the Dam in the afternoon. In-spite of the heat, the cooling breeze and sounds of water ripple were very refreshing. We enjoyed there for nearly 30 minutes, and then we left in lookout for lunch.

The place is so remote that we didn’t have any expectation. Infact, we had packed sufficient snacks so that in the worst scenario, if we don’t find anything, we would have snacks for lunch. However, on reaching the main road, we did find few options. The restaurants were extremely basic. We went to a Telugu restaurant and had lunch.

~~A decent place to have Lunch~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

Having done with our lunch, we left for Koilkonda Fort, which is situated at 34 km away from Koilsagar Dam. The road condition was really good and we enjoyed our ride through the countryside.

~~Wild & Beautiful~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Winding Roads~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

Within 1 hour we reached Koilkonda Fort. The Fort area seemed very vacant. As we approached nearer to the Fort, people started to stare at us in a suspicious way. We initially parked our Car at a distance from the Fort. As we started walking down to the Fort, a group of aged women drew our attention. They all started telling us in Telugu, which we couldn’t follow. Later, a lady spoke in Hindi and asked us to park our Car right in front of them, near to the Fort, so that they can take care of our Car, else there is a chance that kids from neighborhood may cause some nuisance. We couldn’t afford to take any risk. Hence,we obeyed them, parked our Car as directed, and left it in their custody and proceeded towards the Fort.

~~First glimpse of the Fort~~

Photo of Koilkonda Fort, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Stairways~~

Photo of Koilkonda Fort, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Way to Trek~~

Photo of Koilkonda Fort, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Fort Entry Gate

Photo of Koilkonda Fort, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India by Madhumita Banerjee

We observed that there is no one else in sight and we are the only 4 souls who are in their journey to explore the Fort. From the bottom, the Fort wall was visible. It is huge! Situated on the hill top, is the Fort constructed during the period of Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Unlike Rachakonda, this Koilkonda Fort has some existence at least as on today’s date. One has to cross as many as 7 gates to reach to the top of the Fort. On the very first gate, one will come across a very heavy broad Chain lying, which leaves you with many questions about its significance.Unfortunately, there is none to quench your thirst. There are no guides or anyone around. There were some inscriptions on slabs in Telugu, which we couldn’t read. Most of the gates had iconic symbols of animals, which I don’t know what they signify! The minimum information that I have about the Fort, is solely collected from the Internet.

~~Beautiful Arches~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Dilapidated Buildings~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Sun Peeking through~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Game Of Light & Shadow~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

There is a clear cut way leading uphill. Uneven Stairways have been carved out leading you to the top! The path to the top is full of thorny bushes and slippery boulder stairway. The journey was quite strenuous and adventurous. The journey was all more thrilling due to the pin drop silence and deserted condition of the Fort.

~~Lonely Trek~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Sacred Pond~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Tiresome Trek~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Way through the Jungle~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

The Fort was big enough. One has to climb uphill at least 30-40 minutes to reach to the top. It is extremely surprising to note that on a winter afternoon, we were the only 4 souls in the entire Fort. We didn’t come across a single person or any animal either in the entire Fort. It really felt eerie at times. Only the chirping of birds assured us of presence of life around.

~~Ahh! When the view is like this, you won't mind the tough trek~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Valley V

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Weathered for Centuries~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Watch your step~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

Finally, we reached the top. The view from the top will make the whole trek worthwhile. The view of the Koilsagar Dam, the greenery, the countryside was extremely beautiful. By the time we reached the top, it was almost 4 pm.~~

~~Wild Flowers~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Back Lit~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Sunkissed Pathways~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Topmost part of the

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Glimpse

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~Lush Green Valleys~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

~~View from the Top of the Fort~~

Photo of Trip to Koilsagar Dam & Koilkonda Fort by Madhumita Banerjee

We sat for a while and enjoyed the beauty around. I wish we could wait for some time to witness the beautiful sunset from the top. As I already mentioned that the Fort was extremely desolate, we didn’t find it safe enough to stay till sunset. Hence, we began our descent before sunset itself. We wanted to reach the base before Sunset. We safely came downstairs. The aged women greeted us and we heaved a sigh of relief to find our Car safe. The women sought for something, and as a token of gratitude, we paid a bit to them.

Overall, this is a perfect day trip from Hyderabad!

Visit Koilsagar & Koilkonda and get amazed!

5 Comment(s)
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Is this safe place for camping with friends for one night?... If yes , Which place would be better Dam site or Fort? Thank you... :-)
Tue 12 26 17, 20:02 · Reply · Report
Hi, Would you suggest this place for going on a bike ride with a group of 20!
Wed 10 04 17, 22:52 · Reply (1) · Report
Yes! Surely you can! Have a safe ride and have fun!
Thu 10 05 17, 10:55 · Report
very Informative post. looking forward for this place tomorrow. pictures are simple amazing.
Fri 07 07 17, 19:22 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you so much! Happy Travelling! :)
Sat 07 08 17, 22:10 · Report
Love this post ! Never thought such a beautiful place exists in mahabubnagar !
Tue 02 14 17, 22:48 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you! :) Visit the place and share your experience :)
Wed 02 15 17, 07:50 · Report
Wow . All minors details of the trip well written & Good clicks . Happy Traveling .
Sat 01 14 17, 04:23 · Reply (1) · Report
thank you so much :-)
Sat 01 14 17, 07:58 · Report