Situated 300 meters above the ground level, overlooking the small town of Gooty, the Gooty Fort has long been a significant strategic position for the rulers that have seen their kingdoms flourish in this part of the country. The fort is named after the view of the town it commands. The name Gooty is derived from the town's previous original name, Gowthampuri. Gooty Fort is one of the oldest hill forts in the state and also the country, having witnessed centuries of different rulers, empires and regimes. Having been designated as a monument of national importance, Gooty Fort is now a famous attraction alluring visitors owing to its enchanting atmosphere filled with historic ruins and tranquil vistas.
The magnificent fort has been the stronghold of the Chalukyas, Mughals, Marathas, East India Company and also the Vijayanagara Empire before the Qutb Shahi dynasty took over. It is well mentioned as the 'King of Forts' according to various historical inscriptions found here. The mammoth hill covers a vast area being surrounded by the town on three sides and the westernmost point housing the citadel of the fort. The ruins of the fort are dotted by numerous different buildings and spaces such as granaries, bastions, gunpowder magazine, ramparts, storerooms and temples.