Domakonda Fort was constructed initially during the age of Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis in Nizamabad which was remodeled in the 18th century. This fort is an example of the defense architecture of the princely states of Telangana.It is also said that the Domakonda Fort was built by the Reddy rulers of Domakonda Samsthanam in the 18th century on a spot where a fort existed earlier.
The fort was controlled by Chalukyas of Kalyani and the Kakatiyas. From 1786 A.D to 1947 the Kamineni rulers ruled from this fort. The Kaminenis built majestic palaces and temples for Lord Mahadeva. The castle with the fortification wall has withstood ravages – manmade as well as natural, and is considered symbolic of erstwhile rulers of the region. Locals throng here to observe on festive occasions with gaiety
The Domakonda Fort offers visitors an insight into the architectural styles of a time long gone. The paintings in the windows, the lotus pond and the wooden architecture are very alluring.
Reflecting Asaf Jahi’s influence, the entrance to the Domakonda Fort has an arched gateway. Built at irregular intervals the fort has bastions both square as well as circular. Two palaces and a temple complex are present inside the fort. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and if you observe, it reflects the Kakatiyan style of architecture, as it was built during the Kakatiyan Era. The temple stands on a three-foot platform with a beautifully carved Nandi (the bull that serves as a mount of Lord Shiva) outside the temple, in the open space. The architecture of the Domakonda Fort reflects the varied styles of Hindu and Muslim cultures. The fort has a number of tall, round and square fortresses running all over its compound wall.
This fort is more popular as ‘Gadi Domakonda’ or ‘Killa Domakonda’ and the once grand palace inside is popularly known as ‘Addhala Meda’ (Glass House). The courtyard of this beautiful bungalow is graced with a masonry water garden pond and iron-hooked rounded granite pillars drilled into the earth around its circumference as a guard to this pond.
Koulas Fort is a massive fort dating back to the 14th century, spread across 6 sq km and located in Jukkal mandal close to Bidar – Nanded road. This fort was built by Kakatiya rulers. This fort was conquered by Muslim rulers Bahamanis, Qutb Shahis and later occupied by the Nizams.
The Koulas Fort was constructed in the semi-Dravidian style at an altitude of about 1100 ft. There is a stream that stands as a natural moat to the fort. The fort is spread across 400 acres surrounded by large fortification wall with strong bastions. The fort houses several wonderfully built gateways, buildings, temples, mosques and other structures. There are about 20 large cannons spread across the fort. It has 52 small and big bastions along several water tanks. The fort temple and dargah were declared as protected monuments by the Archaeology Department.
The Kasikund temple was constructed on the patterns of the Kasi temple. There are three other temples dedicated to Rama, Hanuman and Balaji. Behind the fort is the Ashtabuji Mata also known as Jagadamba Mata temple. The fort is currently not well maintained and the approach route is full of thorns. Also, the fort becomes inaccessible during monsoons when the water levels in stream reach the peak.
The Koulas dam is about 20 km away from the fort and attracts a large number of birds in winter