Gooty Fort

Gooty fort is situated at a height of 300 mtrs above the plains in Gooty. It is one of the oldest hill forts in Andhra Pradesh. The fort was built by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Kingdom . The Marathas under Murari Rao conquered it. Then it was taken over by Haider Ali in 1773 and eventually fell into the British hands after the defeat of Tipu Sultan in 1799. The fort was built in the shape of a shell and has 15 forts with 15 main doors (mukhadwaralu) inside the structure. There is a small pavilion made of polished lime stone called Murari Rao's seat. This pavilion is on the edge of a cliff from where one can have a panoramic view of the surroundings. The unique feature of the fort is the availability of water resources at such a height. Gooty is located at a distance of 52 km from Ananthapur on the Kurnool-Bangalore trunk road. This place is well connected by rail and road from Ananthapur.