At a distance of 1 km from Gadwal Bus Station, 78 km from Mahabubnagar Bus Station and 188 km from Hyderabad, Gadwal Fort is situated in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana. Gadwal is one of the popular historical places to visit around Hyderabad.
The most famous ruler and strongman of Gadwal called Peda Soma Bhupaludu (Somanadri) built this fort during 17th century. The Fort was constructed with huge walls and moats around the fort which made the Gadwal Fort very strong and impregnable.
The fort has three temples called Sri Chennakesava Temple, Ramalayam, Sri Venugopala Temple among which Chennakesava Temple is grand with large temple tower, stone mandapa and beatiful carvings. Sri Pedda Soma Bhupala has defeated the Nawab of Kurnool and brought 32 feet long Cannon which was the biggest in the country which can be still seen in the fort. Gadwal is also famous for silk sarees. The weavers are known for weaving smallest Silk Saree which can be kept in a match Box.
Presently Telangana Governmant has taken so many steps to renovate the heritage of the Gadwal Fort and make it a major tourist destination of Telangana. Presently part of the fort houses the college of Maharani Adi Laxmi Devamma (wife of Nalla Somanadri).