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Golkonda

Golkonda. Photo by mikecogh

This is the ruined city of the Kingdom of Golkonda (c. 1364–1512) which has several curious acoustic features including what has been described as an “amazing clapping telephone”. Clap near the entrance, and sound is reflected by a nearby building so that it can be heard a kilometer away at the highest point of the city, at the Bala Hisar pavilion. Some other quirk of this “magical acoustic system” means that close to the person clapping, the sound can only be heard within a few metres.

More information wanted

If you visited Golkonda, let me know what you think. Is the clapping system as remarkable as people claim?

Logistics and location

11 km west of the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, south-central India. Suggested website for more information.

Sources and credits

  1. mikecogh (c) some rights reserved