Express press service
GUNTUR: Unseasonable rains and surging Covid-19 cases have not dampened the festive mood as Kondaveedu Fort witnessed the highest tourist visitation since it opened during the Sankranti holiday.
As the fort is located just 27 km from the town of Guntur, it has become a major tourist spot after various development works have been undertaken in recent years. The fort was built by Reddy Kings in the 13th and 14th centuries. The historic fort is an enduring symbol of Reddy Kings glory, built on a hill, surrounded by a system of defensive embankments and ditches. The fort contains 23 towers, three temples and a mosque.
Usually during the festive seasons of Sankranti, Dasara, holidays and weekends, around 1,000-2,000 tourists arrive at the fort. But due to unexpected rains and a rise in Covid cases, management expected tourist numbers to be lower.
However, around 2,500 to 3,500 people visited the tourist attraction every day between January 13 and 16, which is higher than last year. “We made sure that each person wears a face mask and follows Covid-19 regulations while enjoying their trip,” said Kondaveedu Fort Development Committee (KFDC) coordinator Siva Reddy.
Siva Reddy told TNIE that development works worth Rs 11.8 crore have recently been inaugurated to provide more facilities and entertainment to people.
“The completion of the first phase of the ghat road has allowed people to see the surrounding flower gardens and have a great experience, due to which the rush has increased. As a result, local businesses are also flourishing and more and more stalls, food courts are being set up in the area.However, as Kondaveedu Fort is a rich source of many medicinal plants, the forest department is taking extra measures to safeguard the rich flora of the area. with the increase in the number of tourists,” he added.