Location: 109 Kms from Bangalore, Karnataka
Main attraction: the fort
109 kms from Bangalore, is the historical town of Raichur with a rich cultural legacy. Flanked by the Tungabhadra River, Raichur is famous for its imposing Fort. It's a land whose ruins, temples and forts beckon you, to softly whisper into your ears, tales of a bygone era.
Flanked by the Tungabhadra River in the north and Krishna River in the south, Raichur district has a rich history. It was once a part of the Vijayanagara, Bahamani, Mughal and Asif Jahi Kingdoms.
Fort: On top of the hills that surround Raichur, there exists a massive hill fort. This fort has a double row of walls. Near the inner wall stands the tomb of Pir Sailani Sahid, a Muslim saint.
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Jami Masjid: Some distance away from fort is the Fort Jami Masjid, a fine building with two entrances.
Khas Bach: There is also huge well by the name of Khas Bach. This well, made of solid masonry, has steps leading to its base. In the centre of the well, stands a platform, which can be approached by a causes way from the west.
The other important sites in the town are the Daftar ki Masjid, a mosque; Ek-Minar-ki-Masjid, a mosque with just one minaret and Jami Masjid, which is the largest mosque in Raichur.
Bala Hisar: The Citadel is the landmark of Raichur. Located on the top of a hill, the Bala Hisar houses a huge gun that measures more than 20 feet in length, 4 feet in circumference and has a bore whose diameter is 5 inches.
Over the centuries, Raichur became a part of various empires the Mauryas, Chalukyas, Bahamanis, Vijayanagara and the Mughal kings, all ruled over Raichur, endowing it with a rich and varied cultural legacy.
Anegundi: 135 kms from Raichur has some awe-inspiring temples from the Vijayanagar times. The Ranganatha Temple and the Huchchappayana Matha are worth a visit.
The Pampa Sarvovara, the Kamal Mahal and Nava Brindavana housing the mortal remains of famous saints, are the other attractions around Anegundi.
Kuknur: Located about 40 km from Hospet and 7 km from Itgi, Kuknur is renowned for its temples of the Rastrakuta and Chalukyan times. Of these the Navalinga group of temples is famous.
Maski: A town dating back 500 - 300 B.C., Maski was formerly known as Masangi. Excavations here have urns made of burnt clay, neolithic implements, graves, megalithic burials, etc, making Maski one of the most important prehistoric sites to be discovered in India. It had a flourishing bead-making industry.
Kanakagiri: Meaning Hill of Gold in Kannada, Kanakagiri was earlier called Suvarnagiri. Located about 20 km from Gangavati, Kanakagiri has several beautiful temples of which the best is the Kanakachalapathi temple.
Kallur: Kallur in Manvi taluk is situated about 13 kms from Raichur. The place is surrounded on all sides by granite hills except the east and derives it s name from the abundance of boulders on these hills. The village and the hills around are full of antiquities.
Air: The nearest airport is at Belgaum.
Rail: Raichur is an important station on the Guntakal-Bombay railway line.
Road: The district is accessible by road by good motorable roads.