Known to be one of the architectural masterpieces of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the Warangal Fort comprises 45 pillars/towers, built across an area of 19 kilometres. The ‘Gateway of Glory’ is the most striking part of this fort, with four immaculately carved colossal pillars, about 30 feet high, made out of a single rock. The royal gateways also known as Kirti Toranas, highlights the bravura of the South Indian architecture.
There is a temple dedicated to Mother Earth, known as Swayambudevi Alayam, built by Qutub Shahi Kings, in the middle of the fort. There is also an open-air museum at the centre of the fort, opposite which is located another prominent temple, the Shambhulingeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Warangal Fort had three main layers of robust fortification. The first was an earthen wall of 2.4 km diameter, built during the reign of Rudrama Devi. The second wall was built with massive granite stones and was of 1.21 km in diameter, without any mortar. The third wall was a mud wall of 12.5 km in diameter, that enfolds the present Warangal city. Consisting of many ruins, the Warangal Fort carries the remnants of the entrance pillars, wall slabs, ceiling panels, the Shiva Temple, relics of mihrab, and many others. All of these offer an insight into the reign of the Kakatiyas – the magnificence and might.