Khammam Fort is a famous Fort located nearly 1. 8 kilometers far from the city center of Khammam. It takes around only 5 minutes to reach by any vehicle to reach the glorious fort.

According to historical records the actual name of the fort is 'Khammammett' in which 'Mett' or Mettu' means fort in Telugu Language. This Khammam fort was actually constructed by Musunuri Kings. Based on some inscriptions discovered around the areas of Khammam fort and in the Krishna districts, these Musunuri Kings were belong to the periods between 10th and 11th Century AD. The Khammam fort was before the 950 AD as the reports discovered here that Kakatiyas ruled here during 950 AD – 1180 AD and later it was ruled by the Musunuri Kings, Bahamani Sultans, Gajapati Kingdom, Chittap Khan too. Later many other Independent rulers also took control of the fort like Sri Kirshnadevaraya of Tuluva Dynasty during 1515 AD and then Qutub Shahi dynasty from 1518 AD-1687, Mughal Empire from 1687AD-1707AD and Asaf Jahi Dynasty from 1707 AD to until 1948 AD. After the 1948's agreement, many royal provinces merged in India, this fort also came under the authority of India from 1948 to till date. The Khammam fort is declared as a protected monument by the Archaeology Department in the year 2005 and it was taken with much care to safe for future generations to know the glory of the city and the kingdoms once ruled here. Even many ferocious battles and wars took place here. Battles between Musunuri Kings and Qutub Shahis and later between Aurangazeb and Sri Krishna Devaraya. Notable moment of the Khammam fort is that it became as an Independent Territory within the Kingdom of Kakatiya Kings only for Musunuri Kings. Later it was found that almost 75 Telugu speaking fraternities of the region fought for more than 10 long years to unify all the Telugu speaking lands into one unique region and even succeeded in repulsing them out of the country under the leadership of Musunuri Kings of the region.

The fort is spreaded over an area of 4 square kilometers and located on a massive granite Hill. The surroundings of the fort is covered with a huge rock wall averaging between 40 and 80 feet in height ( 13 to 25 meters) and the width of the wall is ranging 15 to 20 feet ( 4. 5 to 6 meters). There are many steps from each bastion ( buruju ) to enter into the fort and the fort was constructed in such a way that it is impregnable for invading armies to enter or come inside the fort. During wartimes, many windows and balconies were used to artillery and it's said that it has a mounting capacity of at least 60 cannons at a time. Even though the fort has 10 large gates, it is seen that they are all in poor condition with less attention towards them. But each gate has cannon mounted on them along with a water pot made of rocks and they built in such a way that nothing can break it. The 30 foot tall entrance has its name from Urdu language known as Khilla Darwaza (Fort's main Door). This entrance has 2 cannons on each side and one of them still mounted with a head. East gate is known as Raathi Darwaza or Potha Darwaza (entrance door made of stone). There is well known 'Zafar well' which has been built during the reign of Zafar-ud-doula for the huge rainwater catchment purpose. He was known for the best tanks constructing during Qutub Shahi Dynasty. This well is a 60feet x 30 feet stepped well with a bridge across and Zafar also built the walls using only bricks and limestone all along the fort. During construction there were no railings for footsteps but later in 2005 Archaeology Survey of India took certain measures to construct the railings for the steps. In 2005, a 1000 year celebrations of the historical fort was celebrated and this festival was called as Stambhadri Sambaralu. There is a platform made of stone and it appears like a well which was estimated as the seat of justice. Since it looks like well, locals call it as 'Nethi Bhavi' ( Bhavi means Well in Telugu). Intersting point is, this is fort believed to have some secret tunnels to the nearest Warangal fort with multiple entrances at different locations in the fort. People always try to find the tunnels but till today no such evidences came out of it.

Other attractions near the fort are the Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple in Brahmin Bazar, Sri Ramalingheswara temple i. e. , one of the oldest Lord Shiva's temple. This fort simple appears to be a replica of both the cultures of Hindu and Muslim as Hindu and Muslim rulers ruled from this fort for certain period one after the other. Total 15 bastions consisted here gives the pleasure to the tourist to explore more and more as possible. The view from the top of the fort to see the entire Khammam city is glorious and gives the experience of how the Kings used to observe the obstacles during their reign.

Khammam Fort can be visited during timings 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. There is no food available here so better carry food and water while coming here. There is a possible entrance ticket with reasonable prices and always wear appropriate shoe wear. Visit this worthwatching fort with your friends and family during your visit to Khammam.