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Having the privilege of being associated with a considerable number of powerful empires such as the Bahmanis, Vijayanagara, Cholas, Chalukyas, Mughal and the British, Raichur is now left with a rich history in its wake. From the fort of Raichur to a variety of inscriptions found in the city, every bit of it has a tale of its own. There is a lot to explore, experience and enjoy in the city of remains that Raichur is.
Every year a large number of tourists from all over the country come here to visit the splendid remains of the past.
Places of Tourist Interest in and around Raichur
Built by the Kakatiya rulers, Raichur Fort, also known as the hill fort of Raichur, is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. People flock here in numbers to witness this double-walled fort famous for its many battles.
It's a beautiful mosque built in Persian style from where you can have an excellent panoramic view of the town. The mosque is popular for its distinct style of architecture having a combined influence of both Hindu and Muslim architectures.
Fort Jami Masjid
Comprising the graves of some of the members of Adil Shahi dynasty, Jami Masjid is one of the oldest and biggest mosques in Raichur. This beautiful mosque has two entrances and six pillars of enormous height that seem to be a part of the mantapa of a temple.
Saint Pir Sailani Shah Tomb
Built in Bijapur style of architecture, Saint Pir Sailani Shah Tomb is yet another attraction of Raichur city that you cannot miss. It is the burial chamber to the famous Muslim saint, Pir Sailani Shah.
About 13 km from Raichur in the village of Kallur, lies the Markandeshwara Temple. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the city and also the place where King Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar Empire and his family members offered their prayers.
Bala Hisar or the Citadel
Situated on the top of a hillock the citadel provides you with the full view of the city. Here you can find the circular platform that holds the gun, Panch Bibi Dargah, seated Nandi carved in granite and square pavilion, all of these telling you a tale of city ruled by people of different faith.
This is a great picnic spot for everyone with a beautiful view of the ruins of the Raichur Fort and a boat ride in the lake. It was a historic tank popularly known as Mavinakere that was recently turned into a picnic spot by the government.
Just a few kilometers away from Raichur, there is another fort built by Rani Rudramma of Kakatiya dynasty, that was later taken over by the Vijayanagara Empire. If you know Kannada or Telugu, you can read the inscriptions of the Kakatiya dynasty.
There is a beautiful island amidst River Krishna, which is said to be the place where Sri Ramachandra stayed for about a year worshiping Shivalinga. Along with that it is also home to the Veerashaiva Matha.
It is yet another beautiful island located on the Krishna river in Raichur district. You can enjoy the scenic ride to the island by a boat, which is the only mode of transport to take you to the island. The island is famous for Dattatreya Peeta, Samadhi of Sripadavallabha Swami and an ancient watchtower located among green paddy fields.
Next to Koormagadde, you have Naradagadde, another island on the Krishna River famous for Narada temple, Samadhi of Vairagya Chennabasavaswami, a Shivayoga Peeta and Basavanna temple. You can take a ride in a coracle for beautiful views of the islands, the fields and lovely water birds.
It is yet another fort where you can observe a mix of Hindu and Muslim architectural style. Situated on top of a hillock, the fort has houses of royalty and walls with bastions for protection. From the summit of the hill one can enjoy breathtaking views of the surroundings.
Baobab tree in Deodurga
About 58 km from the city of Raichur, in the grounds of a government college is a massive tree, known as Baobab. The tree, which is commonly found in western and southern parts of Africa, is estimated to be nearly 500 years of age.
At about 45 km from the city of Raichur, is a small town known as Manvi, where you can take a look at Manvi fort. Even though there is not much known about the history of the fort, it is worth a visit for its spectacular view of the town and the surrounding hills.
If your heart lies in discovering the past, then you must pay a visit to Anegundi, a small village located at about 14 km from Raichur. It has some spectacular temples built during the times of Vijayanagara Empire such as the Ranganatha temple, Huchchaiappana Mutt and Pampa Sarovar. The town is also said to be associated with the legends of Ramayana.