Raichur: A Travel to the Past
Raichur is not only rich in forts and monuments but is also a cradle to hundreds of inscriptions ranging from the Mauryan period up to the last dynasty that ruled over the Deccan. The inscriptions have been found in many languages such as Sanskrit, Prakrit, Arabic, Persian and Kannada.
In spite of being full of the stories of the past, the government hadn't taken many steps to popularize its heritage until very recently. Efforts are being taken to maintain the forts and the monuments, make it well connected by all means of transport and beautify the town for attracting more tourism to the area.
Some major tourist destinations in and around Raichur
- Raichur Fort
- Fort Jami Masjid
- Tomb of Saint Pir Sailani Shah
- Aam Talab
- Bala Hisar or the citadel
- Manvi Fort
- Mudgal Fort
- Maliabad Fort
- Hampi-World Heritage Site
Annual Fairs and Festivals in Raichur
Karahunnime is an important festival for the farmers that take place in the beginning of the monsoon, somewhere in the month of June. During the festival you can witness people taking part in the desi sports, daring competitions and relishing in delicious delicacies. You can also view some of the local dances during the festival such as the Nandi Dhwaja or the Gorava dance.
During the month of August, you can catch a glimpse of the Muslim festival, Syed Shams Alam Hussain ali Urus. A large number of Muslims from all over the district get together on this occasion to offer prayers and participate in fairs.
Ek Minar ki Masjid in Raichur
What else can you do in Raichur?
The lush green paddy fields, farmers busy sowing, rainwater harvesting and interacting with the locals is an excellent way to understand the area better. These also provide for an excellent photo opportunity. You can also pay a visit to the rice mills and have a first hand experience at how these mills operate.
Transport Options in Raichur
Best time to visit Raichur
Words of Wisdom
- Don't forget to carry a sunscreen and wear comfortable cotton clothing
- Always keep a good supply of snacks with you
- Wear comfortable shoes that can help you walk on rocky terrain
- Hire a local guide for interesting tidbits about the place
- Carry bottled water with you
- Must have the Jolada Rotti in Raichur
- And of course don't forget your camera