Start at 0900am along with professional guide and executive chauffeur drive for an hour to reach 1148 AD: Bhongir Ekasila hill Fort (one of the earliest in Deccan Platue) was built on an isolated monolithic rock called as Tribhuvanagiri, later as Bhuvanagiri. Some of the inscriptions, the stone wall, the steps through the granite archways and the crumbling stucco ruins of the later age, still adorns the place. The fort witnessed several battles between the Kakatiyas and Gajapathi’s of Orissa.
Quite for some time this gigantic fort was used as watch tower, prison, fortified courts, the moat, a vast underground chamber, trap doors, an armoury, stables, ponds, wells etc., make for fascinating viewing. It is a unique egg-shaped rock hill with more than 500 feet high making practically impregnable by invading armies.
Further 12kms continue to visit the living shrine and get blessed through the chanting by Brahmin Priests at Yadadri on hillock – Lion Head 4th Incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu inside cave, originally worshiped by Shepherds . Renovations is under process.
Enjoy the presumptuous vegetarian Lunch (included) countryside and continue 22 kms to visit the real indian village life all along and reach the village to visit centuries-old Jain and Hindu shrines. Kolanupaka, has as many lures for the spiritually-inclined as for art-lovers and history buffs. Lord Rishabh aka Adinath Bhagwan (the central one & 1st Tirthankars) flanked by Lord Mahaveer(24th) in jade (5 ft single piece of jade) and Lord Neminath (22nd) renovated in Nagara style by artisans from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Famed 11th-century Someswara Hindu temple, fronted by a large courtyard with ambulatory which houses centuries-old sculptures of the open-air museum with a polished basalt image of Mahaveer in meditation.
The sanctum-sanctorum has Someswara (Sivalingam) with an idol of the great Veerashaiva saint-prophet Renukacharya behind it next-door is an awe-inspiring sight-Sahasra Shiva Linga shrine! One sivalingam covered with 1,000 tiny lingams sculpted on them !
Before you drive back enroute visit Pembarthi village for meticulous brass work art flourished during the reign of Kakatiyas empire, extensively used sheet metal art to adorn chariots and temples.