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1) Importance/History of the Destination

Sri Ramakonda Temple
Sri Ramakonda Temple
Srirama Konda is located about 23 Kms from the District Head Quarters of Mahaboob Nagar in the Mandal Head Quarters of Koilkonda and is one of the reputed Historical monuments of the district.

History: Lord Srirama put his leg in Thretayuga along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana when he is in Aranyavasa (forest dwelling) so that this hill is known as Srirama Konda. Lord Rama has stayed here for some time and we can witness the foot print of Lord Rama till today. A stone is known as Sitamma Gundu on the top of the hill on which Sitadevi sat. Many sages did penance or meditation on this hill after the advent of Lord Rama and we can see their dwellings till today and it has become very sacred. Lakshmana became unconscious during Rama Ravana War so Hanuman brought Sanjivani Hill to make Lakshmana conscious. A small piece of this Sanjivani Hill fall in Koilkonda area which has gradually became Srirama Konda.

Medicinal Plants on the Hill: Ayurveda Physicians come to this hill from different parts of the state to collect medicinal plant as this hill is having full of medicinal plants. Medicinal Plants like Pedda Mushti, Veera Mushti, Visha Mushti, Naga Mushti, Nagamalle, Ponna, Parijatha, Naguru, Velaga, Juvvi, Bandaraagi, Korasa, Nemali and many more medicinal plants available on this hill which are unknown to the common people. Skin diseases and other diseases can be cured with these medicinal plants.

Specialty of Sunday and Dark Day (Amavasya): Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple from different parts of Andhra Pradesh on the day of Amavasya (Dark Day) which falls on Sunday. Pilgrims have a holy dip in the Koneru (Sacred Water Tank) of the temple premises and they have a darshan of Srirama with wet clothes. Pilgrims believe that their wishes will be fulfilled if they have a darshan of Lord Rama and they believe that their diseases will be cured after having holy dip in the Koneru which is having full of medicinal values. There are temples on four sides of Srirama Konda. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, Veerabhadra Swamy temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple and Koilkonda fort are located on the Eastern side; Anjaneya Swamy temple and Koil Sagar Project are located on the Southern side, Vishwa Kalyana Shiva temple is located on the Northern side, and Koilsagar Peddavaau tributary is located on the Western side.

2) National Importance

The destination has national importance. Pilgrims are visiting this destination from KarnatakaState (Raichur, Sedam, Gulbarga, Gurmitkal, Yadgiri, etc).

3) Location and Reach

Road: Visitors can reach the destination either from Mahabubnagar, Narayanapet or Parigi of Mahabubnagar District. The destination is 25 km away from Mahabubnagar, 37 km from Narayanapet and 45 km from Parigi of Ranga Reddy District.

Rail: The nearest railway station is located at Mahabubnagar, District Headquarter.

Air: The nearest Airport is located at Shamshabad (Hyderabad).

4) Jurisdiction of the

Destination

The temple is maintained by Sri Sitarama Swamy Trust at present.

5) Road Condition

Mahaboobnagar is located nearer to NH-7 of Hyderabad to Kurnool Road. NH-7 is laid down with 4 lines road (120') recently as per Infrastructure Development Plan.

From Jedcherla to Mahabubnagar, 60' with BT Road with good condition available. From Mahabubnagar to Koilkonda, there is 12' BT Road and the road condition is good. The temple is 1 km away from Koilkonda Main Road and the destination is located on the top of the hills. There are no trekking steps. The pilgrims have to reach the temple with difficulty. It understood from the temple authority that the District Collector ordered the concerned officials to estimate the cost to laying road from Koilkonda to bottom of the Rama Hill and it is under process.

6) Present Status of Tourist Attractions around the Destination

The following are the main nearest tourist places/attractions available around the proposed destination.

Ø Koilsagar Reservoir, Karsagar (V) - 4 km

Ø Koilkonda Fort, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Veerabhadra SwamyTemple, Acharyapur - 4 km

Ø Manikeswari Matha Ashram, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Adi Hanuman Temple, Koilkonda - 1 ½ km

Ø Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Sivalayam, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Bawaji Temple (Gurunanak), Timmareddipalli - 10 km

Ø Bhawani Sagar, Check Dam - 13 km

Ø All the destinations/temples proposed for this heritage circuit in Mahabubnagar district

7) Visitors Flow at the Destination

The flow of visitors to the destination has been increasing every year. As per the local people and officials of destinations, the visitors' flow during the three years is as below:

Year

Approximate No. of Visitors

2006-07

3,41,250

2007-08

3,86,750

2008-09

4,55,000

It found that more than 100 people per day on an average are visiting the destination and the number goes up to 200 tourists per day on Sundays, Festivals, and Public Holidays. During Sriramanavami Festival, the flow of tourists is very high for 3 days. The flow of tourists is high during Sravana Masam and Kartheeka Masam. There is a high tourists flow on special Amavasya Days, which occurs 4 times in a year and the flow of tourists accounts to about 60,000 tourists per day on an average on these days. Tonsure ceremonies are more at the destination. During summer and winter seasons and school/college vacations, the tourists flow to the hills increases more.

8) Estimated Future Visitors Flow

The visitors' flow to the destination has been increasing year by year and the estimated future flow of visitors/tourists is as follows.

Year

Estimated Visitors

2009-10

6,82,500

2010-11

8,19,000

2011-12

9,10,000

Justification for Tourist Flow

The logic behind the estimation of future visitors' flow is that there is huge potential to attract the visitors. The rationale is as follows.

Ø The present management is very keen to develop the temple

Ø The destination has historical importance and has natural environment (hilly places with ponds)

Ø The temple is located beside highway and the passers through on the road can visit this temple

Ø Medicinal plants are available on the hills. Some of the tourists visit this place for medicinal plants and to spend time on the hills to enjoy with pleasant environment

Ø There is also some belief that if somebody spends on the hills, their diseases got cured by the influence of medicinal plantation at the hills

Ø Pilgrims performs tonsure ceremonies more at this destination

Ø Majority of the people, who are living in surrounded villages & mandals of Mahabubnagar district, feels that if people stayed for 30 days at top of the hills, then their diseases get cured by the atmosphere existing at the hills with medicinal plants

Ø Increasing number of tourists from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and neighbouring States of AP

Ø A number of colleges are located in Mahabubnagar. The students flow to this temple is also high during summer and winter seasons.

Ø APSRTC Bus Stop is very near to this destination and very good road network is available to visit this destination.

Ø Income levels of surrounding places have been increasing

Ø On festivals, Srirama Navami (brahmotsav days), the pilgrims flow to the destination is very high

Ø There is a high tourists flow on special Amavasya Days, which occurs 4 times in a year and the flow of tourists is about 60,000 tourists per day on an average on these days.

Ø Finest spot to spend pleasant weekends by the officials, business people, students of the district

Ø The crowd in May, June and July is high due to holidays to the students

Ø If tourist arrival centres, drinking water, public toilet facilities, park development, boating facilities, etc are provided, the flow of tourist will increase at high rate and spend full day at the destination.

Ø The average growth of visitors flow is increasing on an average of 10% - 15%. Apart from this, if the Tourism Department provides infrastructure and promotional facilitates to the tourists, that can add another 30% - 40% due to pleasant environment on the top of the hills.

9) Special Days of Attraction and Visitors Flow

It revealed from the field survey that the visitors prefer the following days in general.

Sundays, Saturdays and Public Holidays - Tourist flow is more

On Special Days of Amavasya (4 days in a year) - Tremendous tourist flow

Srirama Navami (3 days) - Very huge tourist flow

Festival Days (Ugadi, Dassara, Sankranthi, Sivaratri), 1st January and during tonsure ceremonies - Tourist flow is very high

Special occasions like family tours, marriage functions, etc

Vacations (like Summer Vacation and Winter Vacation)

10) Income Profile of Visitors

The approximate income profile of visitors to the destination is as below:

Lower Income People: 60%

Middle Income People: 25%

Higher Income People: 15%

Most of the visitors, who visit the temple belongs to lower & middle income and are coming from surrounded villages & mandals in the district. They have good faith on Lord Srirama and the pilgrims are getting blessings from Lord Sriram. The higher income group people visit the temple by 4-wheelers.

11) Purpose of Visit

Most of pilgrims visit the destination primarily for devotional purpose. They conduct pujas and vrathams especially on Festival Days, Sundays and Public Holidays. Devotees will celebrate Srirama Navami as main festival. Some of the pilgrims visit this destination for medicinal plants and meditation/yoga purpose. The climate at the top of the hills is excellent. There are no other facilities except historical temple, medicinal plantation and natural hills. If the tourist infrastructure viz. park, basic amenities, etc developed, the pilgrims spend one or two days at the destination.

12) Origin of Tourists

The approximate percentage of tourists and places from where the tourists have been visiting the destination are as follows.

Ø 30% from Mahabubnagar

Ø 20% from the villages and mandals of Ranga Reddy district

Ø 10% from Hyderabad

Ø 20% from other districts of Andhra Pradesh

Ø 20% from other States viz. Karnataka and Maharashtra

13) Mode of Transport

Most of the pilgrims, who come from long distances and residing in & surrounded villages/mandals visit this destination through APSRTC buses as the road network is well and it accounts to 60% of total pilgrims. The devotees from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other States almost visit through tourist buses as a group. Some of the pilgrims residing around the destination visit by 2-wheelers, tractors, lorries, sharing autos and other mode of transport.

14) Frequency of Visits

It found that 20% of the visitors are new persons and visited the destination first time after knowing the importance of the destination. About 80% of the pilgrims have been repeating the visit to the destination at least once in a year along with their friends and relatives.

15) Group Size

The visitors have been coming to the destination along with their family members, relatives and friends as a group. The group size consists of 5 to 10 persons in general. The approximate group size consists of 5-15 persons by 4-wheeler (jeep, car, sumo); 50-60 persons by tourist buses.

16) Accommodation and Booking Facilities

There are no accommodation facilities exist at the destination for public. During Special Amavasya days, some thousands of people sleep at the destination on the top of the hills. There are natural shelters, which are formed naturally by hills. Some of the pilgrims sleep under these shelters. There are no lodges in Koilkonda also but pilgrims can stay at Mahabubnagar, where accommodation facilities are available.

17) Duration of the Stay

Majority of the pilgrims come in the morning and leaves in the evening. Some pilgrims stay under the natural shelters formed by hills for one or two days. The persons, who want to practice meditation and yoga, they spend 30 to 40 days at top of the hills.

18) Food & Beverages Facilities

There are no food and beverage facilities at the top of the hills but there are 10 meals hotels available at Koilkonda on the main road, which is 1 km away from the bottom of the hill. Some of the pilgrims cook their food on the hills. In addition, there are many roadside bunks/stalls available to provide breakfast in KoilkondaVillage as it is a Mandal Headquarter.

19) Illumination Facilities

No illumination facilities exist on the hills as the destination is located on the top of hill. During important occasions, the authority arranges diesel generators to provide lighting facilities on the top of the hills.

20) Sewerage and Public

Toilets

There is no drainage facility available at the temple and not facing any sewerage problems. No urinal blocks/public toilet facilities are available at the destination.

21) Water Facilities

There are two 'Konerus (water tanks)' available on top of the hills. Pilgrims are using one Koneru for drinking purpose and another for bathing purpose. The pilgrims feel that the water in the Koneru cures diseases. There is also no overhead tank to meet the drinking water and sewerage facilities.

22) Banking/ATM Facilities

SBI is available with online facility at Koilkonda. ATM facility is available at Mahabubnagar.

23) Emergency Health Facility

Government Hospital is available at Koilkonda. In addition, there are four MBBS and 10 RMP Doctors are available. There are no diagnostic centres but there are 10 medical shops at Koilkonda.

24) Cleanness

The authority is not maintaining any cleanness even though the temple looks clean as the temple is small in size and located on top of the hill. Generally, the pilgrims pay darshan and spend their time besides the temple, so it looks clean.

25) Landscaping and Park

Maintenance

The authority is not maintaining any landscaping or any plantation at top of the hills. There is natural medicinal plantation available on the hill. There is a good scope for medicinal plantation, landscaping and park development on the hills.

26) Safety/Security of Tourists

Priest and some of the trust members made available at the temple and are safeguarding/ guiding the tourists on safety measures. One Police Station with SI is located in Koilkonda. During Sriramanavami Festival and Special Days of Amavasya, the Police Department deploys police personnel and volunteers on the hills to safeguard and guide the pilgrims.

27) Guide Services

There is no Tourist Guide available at the destination. The priest and trust members explain about the history and importance of the temple.

28) Wayside Amenities

Minor services viz. puncture, air, fuel stations, car maintenance, etc are available at Koilkonda as it is a Mandal Headquarter. Major support services like car rentals, major repairs, etc are available at Mahabubnagar.

29) Communication Facilities

It noticed that almost all mobile phones (BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, and Tata Indicom) receive signals at the destination. Coin operated PCO Boxes available at Koilkonda for public on pay and use basis but not available at the temple premises.

30) Marketing Facilities (Arches, Information Centre, Destination Boards, Direction Boards, etc)

There is no published material (brochures, etc) about the temple readily available at present about the destination. The authority publishes invitation brochures on occasion of Srirama Navami. The temple authority hs not established any destination and direction boards. No arches are available for the temple. The authority is not collecting any fee for conducting puja at the temple.

31) Shopping Facilities

No shopping facility is available at the destination on the hill but these facilities are available in Koilkonda, where a number of shops are located. On Brahmotsav days (Srirama Navami), shopkeepers will arrange mobile shops at bottom and top of the hills.

32) Local Transport

Sharing autos, private jeeps, etc are available in addition to APSRTC buses to the bottom of the hill/destination.

33) Parking Facilities

There is plenty of government land (about 327 acres) available at the bottom of the hill. At present, no systematic parking provision is available at the destination. Visitors are parking their vehicles at the bottom of hill as per their convenience.

34) Other Facilities

Devotees conduct Bajans on every Saturday throughout the night by the authority and also on Brahmotsav days (Sriramanavami), Festival Days, during Karthika Masam, Sravana Masam and other main festival days.

Pyramid Society (Mr Subhash Patri) conducts meditation classes regularly for a period of 3 days at the destination as the hills are best suited for this. People with groups also practice meditation for 40-60 days continuously to cure their diseases and to increase the life period.

Koilkonda Fort, Koilkonda (V & M)

1) Importance of the Destination

Koilkonda Fort, the erstwhile outpost of the Qutab Shahi dynasty, is perched on a hilltop, on the NH 7, 125 km from Hyderabad. To reach the top, one needs to trudge across a deep canyon on the west or a series of streams if coming through east before reaching a plight of steps that leads to the fort. To enter the Koilkonda Fort, seven gates have to be crossed. The first one spots an inscription of Ibrahim Qutab Shah that dates back to 1550. Fourth gate leads to a dilapidated palace. Along with the fort, which itself is a magnificent structure, there is also a mosque and an Idgah.

Qutub Shahi:

The Qutub Shahi dynasty ruled from the early part of the 16th century to the end of the 17th century, with Golconda as their capital in the Telangana region of present day Andhra Pradesh. Sultan Quli Qutub Shah, the founder of the dynasty, served the Bahmanis and he was appointed governor of Telangana in 1496. He declared independence after the death of his patron king, Mahmud Shah in 1518. During his 50 years rule, the Sultan Quli extended his kingdom up to Machilipatnam.

The fortified city in Golconda from where the Qutub Shahis ruled was stricken by a disastrous drought. In search of water and looking to establish a capital city that had reliable water supply, the royal family, court and courtiers moved to Hyderabad on the banks of the Musi River. They founded the city of Hyderabad and ruled this part of the Deccan from 1512 until 1687. The state was finally annexed by the Mughal emperorAurangzeb in 1687.Golconda fort, Qutub Shahi tombs and the Charminar of Hyderabad stands as a testimony to the rule of the Qutub Shahis.

Temples available at the Koilkonda Fort

Ø Kalinatha Temple

Ø Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy

Ø Anjaneya SwamyTemple

Ø Grama Devathalu (Village Goddesses) viz., Pochamma, Yellamma, Maisamma

Ø Bibi Fathima (Moharram Festival) - Hindus called as Bheemamma and celebrate this festivaly both by Muslims and Hindus mutually

2) National Importance

The destination has national importance. Pilgrims are visiting this destination from KarnatakaState (Raichur, Sedam, Gulbarga, Gurmitkal, Yadgiri, etc) and Maharashtra (Mumbai and Pune).

3) Location and Reach

Road: Visitors can reach the destination either from Mahabubnagar, Narayanapet or Parigi of Mahabubnagar District. The destination is 25 km away from Mahabubnagar, 37 km from Narayanapet and 45 km from Parigi of Ranga Reddy District.

Rail: The nearest railway station is located at Mahabubnagar, District Headquarter.

Air: The nearest Airport is located at Shamshabad (Hyderabad).

4) Jurisdiction of the

Destination

The temple is under the jurisdiction and control of Archeological Department.

5) Road Condition

Mahaboobnagar is located nearer to NH-7 of Hyderabad to Kurnool Road . NH-7 is laid down with 4 lines road (120') recently as per Infrastructure Development Plan.

From Jedcherla to Mahabubnagar, 60' with BT Road with good condition available. From Mahabubnagar to Koilkonda, there is 12' BT Road and the road condition is good. The fort is about ½ km away from Koilkonda Main Road . There are no proper trekking steps to reach top of the fort.

6) Present Status of Tourist Attractions around the Destination

The following are the main nearest tourist places/attractions available around the proposed destination.

Ø Koilsagar Reservoir, Karsagar (V) - 4 km

Ø Veerabhadra SwamyTemple, Acharyapur - 4 km

Ø Manikeswari Matha Ashram, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Adi HanumanTemple, Koilkonda - 1 ½ km

Ø Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Sivalayam, Koilkonda - 1 km

Ø Bawaji Temple (Gurunanak), Timmareddipalli - 10 km

Ø Bhawani Sagar, Check Dam - 13 km

Ø All the destinations/temples proposed for this heritage circuit in Mahabubnagar district

7) Visitors Flow at the

Destination

The flow of visitors to the destination has been increasing every year. As per the local people and officials of destinations, the visitors' flow during the three years is as below:

Year

Approximate No. of Visitors

2006-07

3,96,160

2007-08

4,45,680

2008-09

4,95,200

It found that more than 100 people per day on an average are visiting the destination and the number goes up to 150 tourists per day on Sundays, Festivals, and Public Holidays. During Moharram Festival Days for a period of 10 days, the flow of tourists is very high and works out to 30,000 tourists per day on an average visit this destination. It is a very interesting that the tourists, who attends during Moharram Festival are almost Hindus and accounts to 90% of total tourists. This festival was celebrated mutually by Muslims and Hindus at the destination. During summer and winter seasons and school/college vacations as picnic, the flow at the destination works out to be about one lakh tourists on an average. The tourists flow also increases during marriages seasons and flow of the tourists will be about 50,000 on an average. The flow of tourists increases during Sravana Masam and Kartheeka Masam to the Fort. Some of the pilgrims, who came to SriramaKondaTemple also visit during Sriramanavami and on Special Amavasya Days.

8) Estimated Future Visitors Flow

The visitors' flow to the destination has been increasing year by year and the estimated future flow of visitors/tourists is as follows.

Year

Estimated Visitors

2009-10

6,43,760

2010-11

7,92,320

2011-12

8,91,360

Justification for Tourist Flow

The logic behind the estimation of future visitors' flow is that there is huge potential to attract the visitors. The rationale is as follows.

Ø The local authority has developed history of the Fort and got recorded on CD and took steps to publish in the newspapers. They want to telecast the same in local TVs in future to increase the flow of tourists.

Ø The visitors who visited this fort are telling to others about the importance of the destination. Due to this, the flow is increasing day-by-day.

Ø Nehru Yuva Kendra has been organising Youth Trekking Programmes on the Fort occasionally, which is facilitating to increase the tourists flow to this destination.

Ø During Moharram Festival Days for a period of 10 days, the flow of tourists is very high and works out to 30,000 tourists per day on an average visit this destination. This festival is celebrated by both Muslims and Hindus at the destination.

Ø The local people are is very keen in development of the fort

Ø The destination has historical importance and has natural environment (hilly places with old infrastructure)

Ø Increasing number of tourists from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and neighbouring States of AP

Ø A number of colleges are located in Mahabubnagar. The students flow to this temple is also high during summer and winter seasons.

Ø APSRTC Bus Stop is very near to this destination and a good approach road is available to visit this destination.

Ø Income levels of surrounding places have been increasing

Ø The flow of tourists increases at high rate during Sriramanavami Festival, Special Amavasya Days as some thousands of people visits Srirama Konda and some of the pilgrims who came to that place also visits this destination.

Ø Finest spot to spend pleasant weekends by the officials, business people, students of the district

Ø The crowd in May, June and July is high due to holidays to the students

Ø If tourist arrival centres, drinking water, public toilet facilities, park development, boating facilities, etc are provided, the flow of tourist will increase at high rate and spend full day at the destination.

Ø The average growth of visitors flow is increasing on an average of 10% - 15%. Apart from this, if the Tourism Department provides infrastructure and promotional facilitates to the tourists, that can add another 20% - 25% due to pleasant environment on the top of the hills.

9) Special Days of Attraction and Visitors Flow

It revealed from the field survey that the visitors prefer the following days in general.

During Moharram Festival Days - Tremendous tourists flow

On Special Days of Amavasya (4 days in a year) and Srirama Navami - Huge tourist flow

Sundays, Saturdays and Public Holidays - Tourist flow is more

Festival Days (Ugadi, Dassara, Sankranthi, Sivaratri), 1st January and during tonsure ceremonies - Tourist flow is very high

Special occasions like family tours, marriage functions, etc

Vacations (like Summer Vacation and Winter Vacation)

10) Income Profile of Visitors

The approximate income profile of visitors to the destination is as below:

Lower Income People: 80%

Middle Income People: 10%

Higher Income People: 10%

The authority celebrates Moharam Festival majorly at this Fort. The pilgrims, who attend for this are mostly belongs to lower income group.

11) Purpose of Visit

Pilgrims visit this destination primarily for recreation purpose as picnic spot but majority of the tourists who visit destination during Moharam Festival for devotional purpose only. Moharam Festival is celebrated on large scale. It learnt from the local people that the Moahram festival celebrated at this fort is the biggest one with high crowd compared to other places in AP. Students visit this destination as picnic spot.

12) Origin of Tourists

The approximate percentage of tourists and places from where the tourists have been visiting the destination are as follows.

Ø 50% from Mahabubnagar and Ranga Reddy districts

Ø 20% from Hyderabad

Ø 20% from other districts of Andhra Pradesh

Ø 10% from other States viz. Karnataka and Maharashtra

13) Mode of Transport

Most of the pilgrims, who come from long distances and residing in surrounded villages/mandals visit through APSRTC buses as the road network is well to this destination and it accounts to 60% of total pilgrims. The devotees from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other States almost visit through tourist buses as a group. Some of the pilgrims residing around the destination visit by 2-wheelers, tractors, lorries, sharing autos, etc.

14) Frequency of Visits

It found that 20% of the visitors are new persons and visited the destination first time after knowing the importance of the destination. About 80% of the pilgrims have been repeating the visit to the destination at least once in a year along with their friends and relatives.

15) Group Size

The visitors have been coming to the destination along with their family members and relatives & friends as a group. The group size consists of 5 to 10 persons in general. The approximate group size consists of 5 -15 persons by 4-wheeler (jeep, car, sumo); 50-60 persons by tourist buses.

16) Accommodation and Booking Facilities

There are no accommodation-facilities exist at the destination for public. There are no lodges in Koilkonda also but pilgrims can stay at Mahabubnagar, where accommodation facilities are available.

17) Duration of the Stay

Majority of the pilgrims comes in the morning and leaves this place in the evening as there are no accommodation facilities.

18) Food & Beverages Facilities

There are no food and beverages facilities at the fort but there are 10 meal hotels available at Koilkonda. In addition, there are roadside bunks/hotels available to provide breakfast as Koilkonda is a Mandal Headquarter.

19) Illumination Facilities

Electric light poles are available from the bottom of the Fort to the place of 'Peerla Savidi' to the middle point of Fort. During Moharam Festival Period, the authority arranges lighting facilities.

20) Sewerage and Public Toilets

There is no drainage facility available at the destination. No urinal blocks/public toilet facilities are available at the destination.

21) Water Facilities

There is no water facility available at the fort as the tourists/visitors have to bring water along with them.

22) Banking/ATM Facilities

SBI is available with online facility at Koilkonda. ATM facility is available at Mahabubnagar.

23) Emergency Health Facility

Government Hospital is available at Koilkonda. In addition, there are four MBBS, 10 RMP Doctors available. There are no diagnostic centres but there are 10 medical shops at Koilkonda.

24) Cleanness

The authority is not maintaining any cleanness either inside the fort or outside the fort. During Moharam Festival period, the site will be cleaned only at a place, where Moharam celebrated.

25) Landscaping and Park Maintenance

The authority is not maintaining any landscaping or any plantation at the Fort.

26) Safety/Security of Tourists

One Police Station with SI is located in Koilkonda. During Moharam Festival, the Police Department deploys about 50 police personnel and volunteers at the fort to safeguard and guide the pilgrims. There are no threats or robberies occurred.

27) Guide Services

There is no Tourist Guide available at the destination. The priest during Moharam Festival period explains about the history and importance of the destination.

28) Wayside Amenities

Minor services viz. puncture, air, fuel stations, car maintenance, etc are available at Koilkonda as it is a Mandal Headquarter. Major support services like car rentals, major repairs, etc are available at Mahabubnagar.

29) Communication Facilities

It noticed that almost all mobile phones (BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, and Tata Indicom) receive signals at the destination. Coin operated PCO boxes available at Koilkonda for public on pay & use basis but not available at the temple premises.

30) Marketing Facilities (Arches, Information Centre, Destination Boards, Direction Boards, etc)

There is no published material (brochures, etc) about the destination available readily at present about the destination. There are no Committee/Trust Members or Organisers available for the fort for development or increase awareness among the public. The authority not established any destination or direction boards.

31) Shopping Facilities

No shopping facility is available at the fort but these kind of facilities are available in Koilkonda, where a few shops are located. On Moharam Festival days, shopkeepers will arrange mobile shops at bottom of the fort.

32) Local Transport

Sharing autos, private jeeps, etc are available up to the bottom of the destination.

33) Parking Facilities

There is plenty of government land available at the bottom of the fort. At present, no systematic parking provision is provided at the fort. Visitors are parking their vehicles at the bottom of fort as per their convenience.

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