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At a distance of 60 Kms from Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta is a popular Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy situated on a hillock. This is a cave temple that happens to be on the very summit of a hill. The conventional structure of a temple that is visible from the outside has been superimposed upon it. This temple has five forms of Narasimha.This cave temple is situated at an altitude of 300 feet on the hillock, Yadagiri. Yadagiri Gutta is renowned as Vedagiri because Lord Vishnu brought all Vedas and believed to be kept all the Vedas on this sacred place. Annual Brahmothsavams are held from Shudha Vidiya to Dwadasi for 11 days (in Febrauary & March months).Timings: 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
At a distance of 81 Kms from Warangal and 81 Kms from Hyderabad, the 2000 years old Jain Temple of Mahavira is located in Kolanupaka village (also called as Kulpak) in Nalgonda district. The temple is decorated with beautiful images of Tirthankaras and it's one of the important Jain pilgrimage sites in the country. The 5 ft high image of Mahavira is carved entirely out of jade. Kolanupaka was the second capital town of Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11th century. During this period the village was a great Jain centers in the south. The architecture of the temple is stunning with wonderful carvings on the temple walls. To visit Kolanupaka, one has to take diversion at Aleru town (the nearest Rail head) between Hyderabad & Warangal (75 Kms from Hyderabad & Warangal) and travel for 6 Kms. The Jain temple is 0.5 Kms from Kolanupaka Bus Station.Timings: 5 AM to 8 PMIf you are travelling from Hyderabad to Warangal, Kolanupaka can be visited with 1-2 Hrs extra effort.
At a distance of 96 kms from Hyderabad, Medak Cathedral is the largest church in entire Asia. The Cathedral built in Gothic style was inaugurated in 1914 and completed in 1924. The main tower of the church is 175 feet high and the cathedral can accommodate 5000 people at a time. There are 3 magnificent stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The farmers toiled to erect the church and Thomas Edward Harding, the architect, left no stone unturned in building the cathedral. The tile's design is an intricate one in six colours red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey. The roof of the church is sound proof being made by hollow sponge material and has an impressive style of vaulting. A window depicts the birth scene of Jesus, angels, Prophet or Issaiah, Mary and astrologers. The left side of the church bears the painted crucification scene and in the center the ascension of Jesus is painted bright.Medak Buses usually start from Jubilee Bus Station.
Warangal or Orugallu or Ekasila Nagaram is a historical city in Warangal district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in the Telangana region of the state. At a distance of 150 Kms from Hyderabad, Warangal is the district headquarters and fourth largest city in Andhra Pradesh.Warangal was the capital of a Hindu Shaivite kingdom ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The Kakatiyas left many monuments, including an impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, Thousand Pillar Temple, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake. Along with these, there are many Architectural Monuments, Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden, Rock Garden, etc.The cultural and administrative distinction of the Kakatiyas was mentioned by the famous traveler Marco Polo. Famous rulers of Kakatiya dynasty include Ganapathi Deva, Prathapa Rudra, and Rani Rudramma Devi. After the defeat of Prataparadura, the Musunuri Nayaks united seventy two Nayak chieftains and captured Warangal from Delhi sultanate and ruled for fifty years. Jealousy and mutual rivalry between Nayaks ultimately led to the downfall of Hindus in 1370 A.D. Bahmani Sultanate later broke up into several smaller sultanates, of which the Golconda sultanate ruled Warangal.
At a distance of 60 Kms Nagajuna Sagar, 30 Kms from Srisailam and 140 Kms from Hyderabad, the Nagarjuna Sagar - Srisailam Sanctuary (or Srisailam Sanctuary) is the largest tiger reserve in the country, spread across 3568 Sq. Kms. It is spread between Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir & Srisailam reservoir. It was declared a sanctuary in 1973 and was incorporated under Project Tiger a decade later.Animals that can be found here are the panthers, tigers, spotted deer, mouse deer, black buck, sambars, chousingha nilgai, tree straw, mugger crocodile, and wolfs, sloth beer & wild dogs. Mannanur (104 Kms from Mahbubnagar towards Srisailam), Kandla Kunta (30 Kms from Macherla & 60 Kms from Sagar towards Srisailam), Vatwarla Palle (30 Kms from Srisailm towards Mahbubnagar) are different gateways into the sanctuary. No forest department safaris are available. Accommodation is available at Srisailam, Macherla & Mannanur and private tour operators can arrange trip into the forest from here.
Nagarjuna Sagar, located at a distance of 165 Kms from Hyderabad in Nalgonda district, is one of the most prominent Buddhist centers in India. Known in ancient days as Vijayapuri, Nagarjuna Sagar takes its present name from Nagarjuna, one of the most revered Buddhist monks lived in 2nd century AD. It is also a place of immense archaeological significance & excavations revealed this place as a center for the propagation of Buddhist teachings in South India during 3rd century AD.One of the early river valley civilizations took birth here. Enthused by the peaceful environs of this place, Buddhists made this land a great hub of learning, setting up one of the four major Viharas here. Further down in history, one of the first Hindu kingdoms of South India, Ikshvakus made this city their capital. Today known as Nagarjuna Sagar, this holy land now boasts one of the world's tallest dams.Nagarjuna Sagar Dam was completed in 1966 with a height of 124 meters and a length of over 1450 meters with 26 crest gates. The lake created by the dam is the third largest manmade lake in the world. There is a viewpoint at a distance of 4 Kms from the dam that offers a panoramic view of the amazing landscape. Nagarjuna Konda, where the ancient Buddhist excavations are found is in middle of the waters of Nagarjuna Sagar and can be reached by a boat.AP tourism operates a wonderful cottage on the banks of Sagar lake, called Vijaya Vihar.
At a distance of 23 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar Bus Station & 14 Kms from Boat Launch Station, Nagarjuna Konda is a small island in Nagarjuna Sagar Lake which houses the excavated remains of the Buddhist civilization of 2nd century.Discovered in 1926, the remains of the Buddhist settlements and university are preserved in the museum on Nagarjuna Konda. There are many structures of those ancient days still remain scattered on the island. Constructed in the shape of a Buddhist Vihara, the museum houses a stupendous collection of relics of Buddhist art and culture. Famous relics include a small tooth and an ear-ring believed to be of the Buddha. The main stupa of Nagarjuna Konda called Mahachaitya is believed to contain the sacred relics of the Buddha. A partly ruined monolithic statue of the Buddha, that's at once a striking-image of peace and poise, is the main attraction at the museum. This place can be reached by a boat ride from Boat Launch Station operated by AP Tourism from Vijayapuri South. There are only two trips per day at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
At a distance of 58 Kms from Srisailam & 173 Kms from Hyderabad, Mallela Theertham is a charming waterfall located in the dense Nallamala forest. With a height of about 150 feet, water directly falls from a high cliff on a Shiv Lings kind of rock formations. Bordered by think forest, the surroundings of the falls offer different experience. The water comes from a small stream which flows through the dense jungle and meets the Krishna River. About 380 well laid steps need to be walked down to reach the falls from the road point. The pool below the falls is closed with fencing on all sides. However, there is a path to reach the bottom of the falls and play in the water, if the flow of the stream is not peak.After travelling 50 Kms from Srisailam towards Hyderabad, you have to take right turn into forest at Vatwarlapally and drive for about 8 Kms to reach the falls. The approach road towards the falls is bumpy and gets worse in peak monsoons. Autos and Jeeps are also available from Vatwarlapally. You may not find much water in summer season.The water from main falls flow into another pool in the vicinity forming another small but cute waterfall, though reaching bottom of this fall is little difficult.Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM. Entrance: Rs. 10 per head, Car Parking: Rs 20.
At a distance of 14 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar & 176 Kms from Hyderabad, Ethipothala waterfalls are striking falls on River Chandra Vanka (a tributary of River Krishna), down the waters of the Dam. With an elevation of about 70 feet, the water flows down from Chandravanka Mountains. The falls are located in a beautiful locality surrounded by greenery all the sides. It is possible to climb down to get close to the falls and bath in the waters of the pool at bottom. But not allowed to go to foot of the falls and it's dangerous as well.To reach the falls from Nagarjuna Sagar, go towards Macherla on SH1 for about 8 Kms and take left turn to Ethipothala Falls (sign board available) and drive for 3 Kms; the road is good throughout.AP Tourism has developed a very good restaurant with two rooms for accommodation and wonderful garden with toilet facilities at this place. Once can enjoy half day trip at this place watching falls, bathing and roaming around.Timings: 6:30 AM to 9 PM. Entry fee: Rs 20 for adults & Rs 15 for children.
At a distance of 50 Kms from Warangal and 130 Kms from Hyderabad, Phakal Lake is constructed by Ganapathi Deva in 1213 AD by harnessing a small tributary of the Krishna River. This lake is spread over an area of 30 Sq. Kms.Adjacent to the lake, Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 839 sq. kms. The sanctuary presents a beautiful landscape with a dense and a rich store of animals. it is indeed a delight for the tourists to see so many animals amidst a wonderful backdrop.One can spot a tiger or a leopard or a bear and one can find a herd of deer roaming about freely in the wild. The sanctuary is also harboring Marmals like panthers, hyensa, wolf, wild dogs, jackals, sloth bear, nilgal, porcupine, langoor, Reptiles like python, cobra, common krait, monitor lizard and Crocodiles.This place is connected by direct buses from Warangal.