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Reviewed January 2, 2020

We visited this place during our visit to Thiruvannamalai temple .Fort is on the way to Thriuvannamalai from Thindivanam .About 30kms from Thindivanam and 39km from Thiruvannamalai . The fort Rajagiri and Krishnagiri are on either side of the road .The majesty of the fort cannot be identified from the main road . On the right hand side when you travel from Thindivanam towards Thiruvannamalai is the krishnagiri fort or Rani fort and from the main road ,after taking a left turn , Raja for or Rajagiri fort can be reached . Fort is well maintained by ASI with security staffs available inside the fort . As we visited on the way back from temple and dreached there during afternoon , we couldn't visit all the places inside this fort. Fort is very big and one needs to climb to the top of the hills to have a great view of this majestic fort .

A days trip is best for this destination with adequate packed food and water .I Couldn't find any restaurants near by . Morning hours and evening hours are best to visit this fort . After 3:00 PM entry to the hill top is not allowed, so complete this trek during morning hours .

Gingee fort is best for a day trip and best suited for people who loves places of archaeological importance .

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank sudhish_1971
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Reviewed December 3, 2019 via mobile

GINGEE FORT  Villipuram Dist of is one of the surviving forts in Tamil Nad and is about 160 kms from.Chennai and close to Puducherry and is about 41 kms from Valavanur my ancestral town . This is also located on the Road leading from GST to Thiruvannamalai .

Gingee today may appear as a ruined fort with a temple and granaries, and may present a picture quite contrary to the glorious splendor of its bygone days.

But todays ruins , backed by history of that glorious past, speaks volumes about the numerous invasions it had seen , the warfares and bravery of men who occupied it , from time to
time.

The fort was a well fortified one ,due to its exalted position on top of the Hills in Gingee, that Maratha king Chatrapathy Shivaji consideted it the most impregnable one .The British too went on to say it was Troy of East .

There are historical facts stating that
a small village called Melacerri, located about 5 kms away from present Gingee was called the "Old Gingee" with traces of fortifications from about 1200 AD. Originally there was a small fort built by the Chola dynasty during the 9th century AD,

The Gingee fort was originally built by Saenji Ananda of Kone dynasty in first century around 1190 AD and later it was more fortified by krishna Konar.
It was built at a strategic place to fend off any invading armies. It continously saw strengthening to elevate it to the status of an unbreachable fort and to protect the small town of Saenji now known Senji or Gingee.

The Gingee Fort was modified by Kurumbar while fighting the Cholas and again by the Vijaya Nagar Empire during the 13th century. According to one account the fort was strengthened during the 15 to 16th century by the Gingee Nayaks ,the lieutenants ,of the Vijayanagara Empire ,who later became independent kings.

The fort passed to the Marthas under the leadership of Chatrapathy Shivaji in 1677 AD, who further strengthened it.

In 1691, it was besieged by Moghal generals Zul Fikar Khan, Asad Khan & Kam Baksha but was successfully defended by Santaji Ghorpode .

During Aurangazeb's campaign in the Deccan Shivaji's second son who had assumed the throne, Chhatrapati Rajaram, escaped to Ginjee and continued the fight with Moghuls from Ginjee. The fort was the seat of the Maratha Empire for months.

The Moghuls could not capture the fort for seven years in spite of laying siege. The fort was finally captured in 1698, but not before Chhatrapati Rajaram escaped.

The fort passed into Bijapur Sultans then on the Moghuls , The carnatic Nawabs .

The french took it over and finally the British occupied it from 1761.

The fort in its entire history is more popularly linked with Raja Tej singh known as Raja Thesinghu who ruled Gingee during the 18th century.

The story of Tej Singh and his general, Mehboob Khan also called Maavuthukaran ,who were friends, has inspired the creation of poems, street plays, and countless other stories.

He was the son of Swarup Singh and revolted against the powerful  Nawab of Arcot and was defeated and killed in the war that followed.

Though Gingee became a part of the Nawab's territory in 1714, the young and courageous Tej Singh became a legend and his life, love and brave but tragic end were eulogised in various ballads  

This Gingee Fort is a complex located on three hillocks:

Krishnagiri named after Krishna Kon in the north hill:

Rajagiri or Anandagiri named after Ananda kon in the west  hill.

Chandrayandurg located on the southeast hill

The three hills together form a fort complex, each having a separate and self-contained citadel. The fort walls are 13 km long and the three hills are connected by walls enclosing an area of 11 square kilometres . It was built at a height of 240 m and protected by a 24 m wide moat .

The complex has a seven-storeyed Kalyana Mahal Graneries ,Prison cells and a temple dedicated to Goddess Senji Amman .The fort also had pond called Aanai kulam .On the top of the hillock, there are more minor fortification for watch towers .

The fort , is presently maintained by the Archaelogical Survey of India  
For those interested in Historical monuments its a day's trip from Chennai , provided they leave early.
The nearest railway station is located in Tindivanam and Chennai airport is about 150 kilometres away.

Personally the author , had been visiting this fort even during school days as, Gingee with a huge travellers bunglow at its foot hills ,made it convenient for his school.to host NCC camps with a river flowing next to it .

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

Good place to start our first trekking. But need some preparation like carrying adequate water and glucose to avoid dehydration. You need carry a stick (mandatory) because lot of monkeys are there. Monkeys will not approach usually but if it is Don't hit them just show the stick is enough. All monuments are located in same site except Rani fort (Queen fort) and Perumal temple but not far. Till 3 PM they will allow us to climb the hill.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Shanmuganandam
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Reviewed October 27, 2019

The gingee fort situated near tindivanam of tamilnadu.this place is awesome for trekking lovers.i loved the trip to gingee from my college from pondicherry.rainy days ate food for trekking

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Meharjaraad
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Reviewed August 12, 2019

I have climbed this hill twice and what a worthwhile climb!Historically up in the fort there is a moat where a princess got married. Shivaji was supposed to have attended this marriage even while he was in hiding.Amazing structure-so while the Princess sits in a boat in a moat the kings and guests sat in the tower around the moat-everyone got a birds eye view of the boat down ! Stunning and romantic!Must visit if you love to climb hills and love history even more.Any other country would have showcased this fort tot eh world-we of course dont care two hoots and proof of it is here

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank ShobhaGowri
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