Gingee Fort
Gingee Fort
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Kate1953
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Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent, though some of it in ruins. The views on the way up are worth the effort of the hike. There are two hikes, one near the ticket office and the other on the other side of the main road. The first one is steep and quite difficult, especially in the heat!! The latter, which we did the next day, was much easier and would highly recommend this walk. There and back in an hour with good views. Take a stick for the monkeys. Not a lot of people there.
Written 3 September 2023
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Gaspard N
Goa, India932 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Solo
This fort was built in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Nayaks, one of the compulsive ever fighting hindu dynasties of South India and was conquered soon by the Sultans of Bijapur. In the 18th century it was a posession of the Nawab of Arcot. All the fort is a outstanding example of the Indo-mughal style.
At the foot of the Rajgiri hill, there is the beautiful Sadat Ullakhan mosque, which is kept closed by the ASI.
The most impressive building of the fort is the Kalyana Mahal, or marriage hall, built in indo-islamic style.
Another gem is the mosque built at the top of tne Krishnagiri hill, whose most elegant architecture is characteristic of the style of the Bijapur indian mughal civilization. At this time, Bijapur was the most brilliant cultural center of south India (at the court of Bijapur, the elements of the European Renaissance and Persian art were integrated into the classical Indian tradition to form a new, typically Indian art).
Characteristic of the religeous tolerance of the Sultans, this small mosque was built between two hindu temples whose architecture is less worthy of attention.
It is notable that the ASI, which is responsible for the maintenance of the site, tries to conceal the Mughal character of the site and its most remarkable buildings. I was shocked by the fact that the delicate and elegant small mosque of Krishnagiri is very badly maintained, not even indicated by an explanatory panel. I already noted this lack of objectivity of the ASI about monuments in Karnataka, and this impression was confirmed by the presence of an authentic RSS hindu among the ASI staff in Krishnagiri. It is said the this anti-islamic bias is to be found among the leaders of the ASI in Delhi. The anti-historical attitude of these officials is a major concern for the future of some of India’s most beautiful monuments.
To reach the top of Rajgiri you must climb 1500 steps (and the day I was there, the temperature was 35° C.) The Krishnagiri has 400 steps but they are very steep. Challenging experience !
Written 7 May 2023
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Balamuralikannaiyan
Assagao, India1 contribution
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Feb 2022 • Friends
The climb is not tough for the fit and the able. Went on a sunny day. Would have prefered to visit during the winter but was manageable as it's a short trek. Would recommend it for trekkers who would want to go on a short trek after a long break.
Written 20 February 2022
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Manasa
Bengaluru, India1,008 contributions
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Jan 2021 • Couples
One of the most beautiful place that I happen to visit on a road trip. Though just ruins now, it still holds a certain charm of the old Indian architecture. Built by the Kona dynasty and then further improved by the Cholas, this fort was impregnable and couldn’t be conquered by invaders for a long time. Eventually, the fort passed on from one dynasty to another and many additions were added. The British called it “Troy of East” because of it’s ingenious architectural marvel. Definitely worthy of a visit.
Written 19 March 2021
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RvMDl
Tokyo, Japan426 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Couples
Very nice fort, condition so so.

Climb up to the top not easy, maybe 90-120 minutes. Beware of aggressive monkeys.

Written 23 December 2020
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GlobetrekkerOxford
Oxford60 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Loved this place great for those who want to explore without tons of tourists. Shame about the graffiti but beautiful and impressive
Written 26 February 2020
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Karthik R
Chennai (Madras), India7,669 contributions
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Feb 2020
Gingee fort has 3 hillock forts - one for the king (Rajagiri), one for the queen (Krishnagiri) and one for soldiers (Chandrayandurg). Gingee fort is well fortified and built by Anatha Kon of Konar Dynasty. It was then passed on the Marathas, Bijapur Sultans, Moghuls, Nawabs and British. The fortifications of Gingee are amazingly done and this has been a great asset of the fort - described by every ruler.

Firstly, we visited a Shiva temple before entering Rajagiri. The Shiva temple is on the left side of the road leading to Rajagiri. The Shiva temple was built in the period of Desingu Raja, who was a king of Gingee Fort for a period.

The path leading to Rajagiri takes one through few monuments as well. The entry to the place is Rs.30 per person and the open timings are 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. However, entry to climb the hill stops at 3:00 PM; the reason primarily is because it takes close to 3 hours to climb up and down the hill. The Rajagiri fort is a towering hill and climbs of 800 feet in elevation and not an easy climb.

Before we reach the steps to climb, there are few monuments to see around. This includes Bell tower (Kalyana Mandapam), few mandapams, Gymnasium, Elephant stable, Elephant pond, Granary and Treasury. It takes around 30-60 minutes to go around and appreciate the grandeur of the place.

The hill climb to Rajagiri is around 1500 steps and definitely a difficult climb. Elders and people with physical challenges are suggested not to give a try. One needs to carry lots of water and snacks along with. There is nothing available (absolutely nothing!) to eat or drink when you are on the way to the top or no reaching there. Please be prepared accordingly. One needs to plan up to 3 hours. There are shades of trees and mandapas enroute to sit and relax, and one needs this several times through the climb. Do take time to click photographs enroute so as to keep you engaged and amazed by the fortifications around.

Once you reach the top, we can get to see a bunch of mandapas, granary, and couple of temples - one for Lord Ranganatha, a small cave pond with a natural source of water. We spent around 30 minutes at the top - to relax as well as go around the place and amaze at the structures constructed.

We started climbing down the hill and it was absolutely hot and hard even in February. A strict no-no in summers! We reached down and decided to see the Lord Ranganathaswamy temple at a distance. A km ride and we reached. The temple gopuram is stunning with the rocky hillocks all around. The whole place of Gingee resembles Hampi in many ways ! We had dharshan at the fairly sculpted temple and had some prasadam as well.

Krishnagiri - the fort is on the main road towards Thiruvannamalai on the right from Gingee. The fort is on a hillock that is smaller than Rajagiri. The hillock had 400 steps, however, it is absolutely steeper than Rajagiri. The menacing climb to the top was much more difficult because on uneven steps and the degree of steepness ! Especially, post lunch it became more and more tougher to climb. We were mentally prepared to do it very slow and did so! We took almost 1 hour to make it to the top. There are 4 stone mandapas along the route for one to sit, relax and start again !

Once we reached the top, we figured out that there are more monuments to go around than in Rajagiri. It was bit of surprise to know so. There are several mandapas around, couple of big granary spaces, and 2 temples. There is also a throne chamber amidst all these elements. The 2 temples, one for Lord Ranganatha and the other for Lord Shiva are having sculptures and well decorated gopurams.

The Ranganatha temple has ornamental sculptures and pillars too. It is a 2 tier temple and has nice views from the top. On going around the temple, we can reach the Shiva temple as well. One would need around 1 hour to go around and cherish the moments at Gingee Krishnagiri.

Our descent was complicated too given the uneven steps, lack of supporting structures by the sides of the steps and the steep nature of steps.
Written 18 February 2020
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Nilesh
Neyveli, India2 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
A very very awesome Location to Visit.
It opens at 09:00am.
Keep plenty of water along with you. At least 01 liter per person.
You will not get drinking water at fort location.
Lot of monkey's are there so don't dare to take snacks along with you.
You didn't get any snacks or restaurant near or at fort.

I like the place so much and will visit again whenever I will get a chance.
Written 20 January 2020
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sudhish_1971
Chennai (Madras), India447 contributions
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Oct 2019
We visited this place during our visit to Thiruvannamalai temple .Fort is on the way to Thriuvannamalai from Thindivanam .About 30kms from Thindivanam and 39km from Thiruvannamalai . The fort Rajagiri and Krishnagiri are on either side of the road .The majesty of the fort cannot be identified from the main road . On the right hand side when you travel from Thindivanam towards Thiruvannamalai is the krishnagiri fort or Rani fort and from the main road ,after taking a left turn , Raja for or Rajagiri fort can be reached . Fort is well maintained by ASI with security staffs available inside the fort . As we visited on the way back from temple and dreached there during afternoon , we couldn't visit all the places inside this fort. Fort is very big and one needs to climb to the top of the hills to have a great view of this majestic fort .

A days trip is best for this destination with adequate packed food and water .I Couldn't find any restaurants near by . Morning hours and evening hours are best to visit this fort . After 3:00 PM entry to the hill top is not allowed, so complete this trek during morning hours .

Gingee fort is best for a day trip and best suited for people who loves places of archaeological importance .
Written 2 January 2020
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Valavanur Natar... K
Chennai (Madras), India1,276 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Friends
GINGEE FORT  Villipuram Dist of is one of the surviving forts in Tamil Nad and is about 160 kms from.Chennai and close to Puducherry and is about 41 kms from Valavanur my ancestral town . This is also located on the Road leading from GST to Thiruvannamalai .

Gingee today may appear as a ruined fort with a temple and granaries, and may present a picture quite contrary to the glorious splendor of its bygone days.

But todays ruins , backed by history of that glorious past, speaks volumes about the numerous invasions it had seen , the warfares and bravery of men who occupied it , from time to
time.

The fort was a well fortified one ,due to its exalted position on top of the Hills in Gingee, that Maratha king Chatrapathy Shivaji consideted it the most impregnable one .The British too went on to say it was Troy of East .

There are historical facts stating that
a small village called Melacerri, located about 5 kms away from present Gingee was called the "Old Gingee" with traces of fortifications from about 1200 AD. Originally there was a small fort built by the Chola dynasty during the 9th century AD,

The Gingee fort was originally built by Saenji Ananda of Kone dynasty in first century around 1190 AD and later it was more fortified by krishna Konar.
It was built at a strategic place to fend off any invading armies. It continously saw strengthening to elevate it to the status of an unbreachable fort and to protect the small town of Saenji now known Senji or Gingee.

The Gingee Fort was modified by Kurumbar while fighting the Cholas and again by the Vijaya Nagar Empire during the 13th century. According to one account the fort was strengthened during the 15 to 16th century by the Gingee Nayaks ,the lieutenants ,of the Vijayanagara Empire ,who later became independent kings.

The fort passed to the Marthas under the leadership of Chatrapathy Shivaji in 1677 AD, who further strengthened it.

In 1691, it was besieged by Moghal generals Zul Fikar Khan, Asad Khan & Kam Baksha but was successfully defended by Santaji Ghorpode .

During Aurangazeb's campaign in the Deccan Shivaji's second son who had assumed the throne, Chhatrapati Rajaram, escaped to Ginjee and continued the fight with Moghuls from Ginjee. The fort was the seat of the Maratha Empire for months.

The Moghuls could not capture the fort for seven years in spite of laying siege. The fort was finally captured in 1698, but not before Chhatrapati Rajaram escaped.

The fort passed into Bijapur Sultans then on the Moghuls , The carnatic Nawabs .

The french took it over and finally the British occupied it from 1761.

The fort in its entire history is more popularly linked with Raja Tej singh known as Raja Thesinghu who ruled Gingee during the 18th century.

The story of Tej Singh and his general, Mehboob Khan also called Maavuthukaran ,who were friends, has inspired the creation of poems, street plays, and countless other stories.

He was the son of Swarup Singh and revolted against the powerful  Nawab of Arcot and was defeated and killed in the war that followed.

Though Gingee became a part of the Nawab's territory in 1714, the young and courageous Tej Singh became a legend and his life, love and brave but tragic end were eulogised in various ballads  

This Gingee Fort is a complex located on three hillocks:

Krishnagiri named after Krishna Kon in the north hill:

Rajagiri or Anandagiri named after Ananda kon in the west  hill.

Chandrayandurg located on the southeast hill

The three hills together form a fort complex, each having a separate and self-contained citadel. The fort walls are 13 km long and the three hills are connected by walls enclosing an area of 11 square kilometres . It was built at a height of 240 m and protected by a 24 m wide moat .

The complex has a seven-storeyed Kalyana Mahal Graneries ,Prison cells and a temple dedicated to Goddess Senji Amman .The fort also had pond called Aanai kulam .On the top of the hillock, there are more minor fortification for watch towers .

The fort , is presently maintained by the Archaelogical Survey of India  
For those interested in Historical monuments its a day's trip from Chennai , provided they leave early.
The nearest railway station is located in Tindivanam and Chennai airport is about 150 kilometres away.

Personally the author , had been visiting this fort even during school days as, Gingee with a huge travellers bunglow at its foot hills ,made it convenient for his school.to host NCC camps with a river flowing next to it .
Written 4 December 2019
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