This trip was arranged by Ujjal and Mangalika (our friend).
Before heading towards this place, we (my wife and me) had no idea , where we were going.Every visit gave us new experiences,new learning and more joy. We did not bother much.We wanted a break. So thought to escape for a day to koilkonda to retreat ourselves.
Ujjal -Behind Alto
Animesh-Behind Ford Figo
Just before going, we got to know the name of the place was Koilkonda. I googled it and found to be a fort.
We started our journey at around 12 noon.
The route was as follows:
TSPA--ORR--Take exit 16(towards RGI airport)--Bangalore route--NH44--Mehbubnagar--Koilkonda fort--Koil Sagar Dam--MehbubNagar--NH44-RGI airport--TSPA
We drove till TSPA via service road and met outer ring road.We took exit no 16 then towards Bangalore highway.we paid Rs 30 toll to the toll gate of ORR and collected two way toll ticket on the Bangalore highway.Cost-Rs 90.
This was the first time , we were travelling towards Mehbubnagar.The Bangalore highway was awesome to drive with excellent four lanes.We took almost 1:30 hrs to reach Mehbubnagar. After Mehbubnagar we took right towords Koilkonda. The road was good. More we went towards the fort the scenic beauty becomes prominent even at the 43 degree in full summer on April 31st.
Koilkonda fort situated on a hill top of Koilkonda hill. It was a tax collection outpost of great qutb shahi dynasty.Not too many people visit this place compared to other destinations of Telengana. Ujjal asked many people for the correct route. To my surprise , not many locals knew about this place.We had to follow google map and the guidance of very few locals. Finally we reached at the base of the fort.The tax collection point lost its glory and even locals began to forget it.One more experience, we had. That is locals don't know much Hindi. I asked them where is the killa? They could not understand. But when asked where is the Koilkonda fort, they showed us the direction.
Koilkonda was a very remote place of Mehbubnagar hence offered very basic things.
There was nothing called a proper hotel or restaurant. Few tea stalls were available on the road. We did not opt for tea.
At around 3:05PM we started climbing to the fort on our own.We heard that there were seven gates till we reach to the top.Mangalika and Ujjal had some information about this fort so they started guiding us.There was a clear way leading to the fort. We followed that.At the beginning and till the mosque (situated on the hill), the path was beautiful then the actual adventure started. Near the Mosque there were two roads. One went left and one straight. We took the straight one. We left the other road for future trip.
The steps became slippery and path become narrow. One misstep may cause serious injury.A good trekking shoe was necessary but since me and my wife underestimated the hill thinking Koilkonda would be same as Golkonda, we trekked with a badminton shoe and a chappal. In some places the path became even narrow. We decided that if we were not able to climb,we would sit down and climb. The journey to the hill top was not as easy as we expected. On top of this, scorching sun made us dry. To hydrate and to pump oxygen we took three breaks in total.The breaks were not so comfortable. Sun god was testing our patience and determination. It was like on top 43degree sun and down the rocks were so hot to sit.Since, we were not regular climber , we took little more breaks.
Finally with lot of determination ,we reached to the top.
As I said earlier, this place was vacant too. No food facilities were available like Golkonda. There were no toilet facilities. We carried our own snacks and water bottle.on the top of the koilkonda we utilised them. In the whole journey,we did not come across any people. There was pin drop silence in the hilltop. Btw, there were two reservoirs, we saw during our journey to the top.From the top the city looked great. The Koil Sagar view was breath taking.The hill had plenty to offer. The medical garden, holy water,observing the life down from such a high altitude, grand hill top made our day.If you are in a group and have sleeping bag, I would suggest to stay here for a night. Crazy idea but worth exploring.Far far away from hustle bustle life,close to mother nature!!
A request to all my visitor-it is our duty to save mother nature.So just because they do not have any security or cleaner, please don't throw away plastic bottles, snack packets or other edibles.
Surprisingly, the weather on the top was pleasant.We sat below the statue of god and started munching our snacks. Vodafone,Airtel and Jio had excellent connectivity in this area even on the top.
We enjoyed Jio 4G video just to gear up ourselves. We explored some other parts as well.
Now it is time to go down. As I said there were no security and light facilities, we planned to climb down early. The down journey was even more scary. Gravity had played his part. I slipped twice followed by my wife. Ujjal and Mangalike seemed practised it. They had no problem to climb down.
We finally came down to the base at around 6:00PM. Due to security issue, I would suggest to visit the fort in broad day light.
This time we planned have some drinks to cool down ourselves. Local stationary shop came to rescue us. The shop keeper understood Hindi replied in Telegu and some English.
Next was to head to KoilSagar Dam.Koil Sagar Dam is situated at KoilSagar village of Deverakadra Mandal. There were many roads to go to Sagar. Google was directing us some way. But too much of dependency might spoil our fun. So Ujjal asked a shopkeeper and some local to confirm the route.It was just opposite route what google directed us.We lost almost 30 mins to find the correct route.Locals were helpful to direct us the route.
Journey to the Koilsagar was fun. The route is via a countryside road.While going to the lake,Sun just dipped behind the jungle filled road.The reddish light made the road even nicer. It was a proper dusk to enjoy.The road was having everything that made me remember my village,a few , a few, too few people,herds of cows, dusty road and no traffic. One good thing we observed that the bikers glow their light even in the day time. So it became very easy for us to understand who was coming to our way.
The only picture my camera permitted to capture was the dam gate sequence. We had to climb up around 100+ stairs to reach to the top of the dam. The dam was started in 1945 and finally made available for public use in 1956. The British govt put forward the proposal and work. It was constructed to save the excess water flowing in krishna river. The dam was surrounded by seven hills. The local name of the river was peddavagu. As it was summer, the water level was low. The gates were closed. It was a treat to the key to enjoy the sunset at dusk with the constant flow of water,ripple sound of the water and chirping birds. This could have been better, if they had a boating facility.
I saw a video on Koilsagar on youtube. This was so beautiful:
This was the other side of the dam. I found it on youtube. We saw multiple headlights from this position.But as it was already dark and we were little late.We did not opt for this place. Surely, next time we will venture this.
Now it was time to return to Hyderabad.It was dark and hardly we found any people in the road. We had to depend on google map. During our journey we saw small villages with people chatting in s groups.In hyderabad we hardly see this.The road was via medium dense forest.The only thing that bothered us that there were many cyclist,bikes even auto with no head light. They came in the road out of no where. We had to drive carefully.After driving almost 30 minutes, we reached to the main road to head towards MehbubNagar.
At around 8PM we stopped for tea to a hotel near to MehbubNagar. They offered double egg omlet and tea. Price was reasonable. Mangalika treated us with home made poha. After such an exercise, we were tired and badly looking for food. These items gave us fresh energy.
We stopped for dinner at around 10PM at a roadside dhaba in Bangalore highway.The hotel had offered us cool lassi followed by roti,egg fried rice and kodai chicken. Food was ok ok.
While returning rain god showed us some mercy. It started raining heavily. It was cherry on the cake. We always enjoyed driving in rain.
It was almost 390KM journey overall , total fuel consumed-35 litres. Overall it was a rewarding experience again. We reached at 12:10 AM. This was truly a hidden treasure. Government could take proper care to grow tourism here. It was having a huge potential to grow.
This can be a very good one day trip:
1. Start early from hyderabad.
2. Tea on Bangalore high way.
3. Stop at MehbubNagar for breakfast and pack lunch from here.
4. Reach fort
5. Enjoy fort for 4-5 hours
6. Complete lunch
7. Go towards KoilSagar and enjoy swimming.(if you don't know ,don't take risk )
8. Enjoy sunset at Koilsagar
9. Go to Koilkonda main road for tea.
10. Start for Mehbubnagar on the way you will get some dhabas.
11. On Bangalore highway there are multiple dhaba's for dinner.