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MANAIR DAM - ELGANDAL FORT - VEMULAWADA

Lake & Backwaters | Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Hyderabad City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 1 Day

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM

Total Places Visited: 3

DAY 1 : MANAIR DAM - ELGANDAL FORT - VEMULAWADA

Travel from Hyderabad to Lower Manair Dam

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 4.5 km from Karimnagar Bus Stand, 65 km from Siddipet Bus Station and 163 km from Hyderabad, Lower Manair Dam is situated at Alugunur village near Karimnagar town.

The Lower Manair Dam (LMD) is built across the Manair River, a tributary of Godavari River. The construction of the dam was started in 1974 and was finished in 1985. The gross storage capacity of the reservoir is 24 TMC. The project serves as a balancing reservoir for Kakatiya Canal and regulates flow below Lower Manair Dam for an ayacut of 5,65,452 acres. It is also serves as drinking water source to Karimnagar and Warangal towns.

The Lower Manair Dam is an important tourist attraction in Karimnagar. The dam has 20 floodgates. The gushing waters from the flood gates during monsoon season is the breathtaking sight for tourists. People from the neighboring areas flock to watch this amazing scene. The serene waters of the Lower Manair Dam and its surrounding areas provide a beautiful view.

Boating .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 1 km from Elgandal, 16 km from Karimnagar Bus Station and 167 km from Hyderabad, Elgandal Fort is situated on the bank of the Maner River at Elgandal town in Karimnagar district of Telangana. This is one of the important historical sites to visit around Karimnagar & Hyderabad.

The fort had been a centre of power of various dynasties, including the Kakatiya dynasty, Bahmanis, Qutub Shahis, Mughals and Asaf Jahis. The fort was appointed as the headquarters of Karimnagar during the rule of the Nizams of Hyderabad. In earlier times, Elgandal is also called as Bahudhanyapuram, Tellakandula and Veligandula. And finally in course of time, the name changed to Elgandal.

Elgandal Fort is one of the best survived forts in Telangana. The Fort is located on a hillock. There are 300 well laid steps providing access to the fort. The East entrance of the fort, the Brundavan .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 4 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 2 km from Vemulawada Bus Stand, Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple (Vemulawada Temple) is one of the most famous pilgrim sites in Telangana and the prime attraction of Vemulawada.

This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the ancient and famous Shiva temples located in Telangana. The presiding deity of the temple is locally popular as Rajanna. The idol of the main deity is in the form of Neela Lohitha Siva Lingam. The deity is accompanied by the idols of Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi and Siddi Vinayaka.

The temple complex also housesAnantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Seetha Rama Temple, Anjaneya Temple, Kasi Visweswara Temple, Dakshina Murthy Temple, Subramanya Temple, Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Temple, Someshwara Temple, Uma Maheshwara Temple, Mahisasura Mardhani Temple, Kotilingalu and Kala Bhairava Swamy Temple.

According to Puranas, the Sun God recovered from disability by praying at the shrine here .....

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