Kondaveedu Fort: an absolute must for road lovers
Kondaveedu Fort is an ancient hill fortress at an elevation of 292m (958ft) above the sea level, located in Guntur district, in the Coastal Andhra region of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Tucked away in the Eastern Ghats, the road to the fort was recently built. It is totally paved. It’s called Kondaveedu Ghat Road. The fort is located atop a forested hill affording panoramic views. It was built by Anapotha Reddy, a ruler of the Reddy Dynasty in the 13th century AD. Now the massive fortifications and battlements are seen in ruins only. Apart from this main fort, there are two other forts nearby.
Upon an oval hill, in the middle of a reserve forest, the drive is very scenic, with panoramic viewpoints along the way. However, the road is not easy, as it includes 17 hairpin turns. Best time to visit is from November to March. The road is 8.1km (5.03 miles) long starting at Ghaneshwarapadu.
The most challenging part of the road is a 3.4km long section near its end with a series of 14 hairpin turns. Over this distance, the road is very steep hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The elevation gain is 152 meters. The average gradient is 4.47%.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez