The Gurramkonda Fort was so named because of the statue of a horse that stood on top of the hill. Legend tells us that the fort was impregnable and would remain so as long as the statue stood on the hill. Under attack from the Marathas, the fort remained unconquered till they learnt of this legend and acted upon it. During the night, they scaled the walls of the fort and removed the statue from the hill. Attacking the next day, they managed to overpower the custodians of the fort and thus the place was eventually conquered.
Over 500 years old, the fort walls were originally built of mud and rocks. Under the custody of the Vijayanagara Empire, the fort then went to the Golconda Sultans. It was they who fortified the ramparts and walls with rock. Conquered by the Marathas, the fort was subsequently taken over by the Ciddapah Sultans who lost it to Hyder Ali. Tipu Sultan defeated Hyder Ali and took over the fort only to lose it to the British.
Located around seventy two kilometers from Tirupati and a Heritage Site, the fort is well connected by rail and road. A popular tourist destination, the fort holds the tomb of Tipu Sultan’s maternal uncle, Mir Raja Ali and the Rangin Mahal Palace. Visit this place to see the ramparts which were once impregnable.