Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Warangal

Nearest City to Warangal: Warangal, Hyderabad (149 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Warangal: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

State: Telangana | District: Warangal

Warangal Weather: Summer: Maximum - 39.6°C & Minimum - 23.2°C
Winter: Maximum - 30°C & Minimum - 13.5°C

At a distance of 149 km from Hyderabad, 142 km from Nalgonda, 118 km from Khammam, 241 km from Vijayawada and 523 km from Visakhapatnam, Warangal or Orugallu or Ekasila Nagaram is a historical city in Warangal district of Telangana. Warangal is the district headquarters and the second largest city in Telangana after Hyderabad. It is also one of the famous weekend getaways from Hyderabad and an important historical site in Telangana. This is one of the popular places to experience Telangana tourism. Hanamkonda is its twin city.

Warangal was the capital of a Hindu Shaivite kingdom ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th to the 14th centuries. Its old name was Orugallu where Oru means one and Kallu means stone. The entire city was reportedly carved using a single rock. 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 Prathapa Rudra, 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 AD. It was occupied by Bahmani Sultanate followed by the takeover of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and later in 1724, it had become part of Hyderabad state.

The Warangal map shows many historical 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, Eturnagaram Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden, Inavolu Temple, Rock Garden, Ramappa Lake, Pakhal Lake, Laknavaram Lake, Bhadrakali Temple and Sammakka Sarakka temple are the other famous places to visit in Warangal. The Sammakka-Sarakka Jatra hosted in once in two years and attracts almost ten million people, mostly tribal population.

The nearest airport to reach Warangal city is in Hyderabad, which is 176 km away. Warangal railway station is linked to major cities in India like Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai, Madurai, Luknow, Rajasthan, Pondicherry, Jammu, Adilabad, Mangalore, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Patna, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mysore, Coimbatore, Bilaspur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Trivandrum, Gaya, Gorakhpur, Bhubaneswar and Kochi. Warangal is very well connected by bus to Hyderabad, Khammam, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Rajahmundry and Tirupati.

The best season to visit Warangal is from October to March while the Peak Season is from November to February. It usually takes 2 days to visit major places around Warangal.

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STD Code: 08712
Languages Spoken: Telugu, English, Hindi
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HOW TO REACH WARANGAL


By Air

Nearest Airport: Hyderabad - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (176 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Warangal Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Warangal Bus Station (0 Kms)
Hanmakonda Bus Station (3 Kms)

17 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN WARANGAL


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Warangal Railway Station, the historic Warangal Fort was built by Kakatiyas in 12th Century AD. The King Rudradeva started construction of this Fort when the capital was shifted from Hanamankonda. It was further extended by his nephew, Ganapati Deva and was finally completed by Princess Rani Rudrama Devi. The fort was mostly destroyed by invaders and only the ruins can be seen now.

Most of the fort is filled with settlements and small area in the center of fort has Open Air Museum with architectural remains of Kakatiyas. The famous stone gateways (called Kirti Toranas) are situated here, about 30 feet high and still standing, a masterpiece carved from a single rock.

The Shambhulingeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is opposite to Open Air Museum.

Timings: 10 AM - 7 PM.

Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for Indian, Rs. 100 for Foreigners, Rs. 25 for Video Camera.

Kush Mahal, on the way to Museum houses several sculptures.Timings: 10 AM to .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Warangal Railway Station, the Bhadra Kali Temple is situated on top a hillock towards Hanamkonda. This temple is famous for 2.7 meter stone idol of the deity with eight arms and a weapon in each hand, in sitting posture. This deity is believed to be worshipped by the Chalukyan ruler Pulakesin-II in the year 625 AD.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, found in peaceful mood. This temple is located on the banks of Bhadrakali Lake. There is a park adjacent to the temple along Bhadrakali Lake which also has a shrine for Lord Siva in the form of Sri Chandra Mouleeswara.

Brahmotsavas are held every year in the month of April/May in a grand manner. The festival attracts thousands of devotees from all over the region of Telangana.

Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM & 3 - 9 PM. No lunch break during festivals. Photography not allowed.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 6 Kms from Warangal Railway Station (in Hanmakonda part of the city), Thousand Pillar Temple is one of the finest examples of Kakatiya architecture.

Rudra Deva built this temple in 1163 AD in the style of star shaped Chalukyan temples and named after him as Sri Rudreshwara Swamy Temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Separate shires for Lord Surya & Lord Vishnu in the temple are connected to main shrine by a square mandap in the centre. A beautifully carved giant Nandi (bull) is seen on the platform connecting the shrines. The exterior wall of the temple, the ceiling slabs and the four central pillars of the mandap are decorated with finely carved sculptures. Poojas are still performed.

The actual thousand pillar hall situated behind Nandi in the temple complex is currently being renovated by the archelogical department and closed for visitors.

The temple is located between Warangal and Hanmakonda Chowrasta, close to main road.

Timings: 6 AM .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 66 km from Warangal, Ramappa Temple (also known as Ramalingeswara Temple) is situated in a valley at Palampet village of Venkatapur Mandal in erstwhile Mulug Taluka of Warangal district.

Ramappa Temple is an ancient temple built by a General Recherla Rudra, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva in 1213 AD. The history says that it took 40 years to build this temple. This temple is constructed in the South Indian architectural style and is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple got its name from Ramappa, the chief sculptor of the temple. It's probably the only temple in the country to be known by the name of its sculptor.

The temple stands on a 6 feet high star-shaped platform. The sand stone temple is crowned with a grand sikhara and is surrounded by pradakshina patha. The Ramalingeswara Temple consists of garbhagriha, large ranga mandapa and a mukha mandapa. At the entrance of the temple, we can .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 83 km from Warangal and 81 km 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. It is also a popular place to visit around Warangal & Hyderabad. Kulpakji is an important pilgrimage center for Swetambara Jains of South India. This is one of the popular one day trip near Hyderabad.

According to the mythological legend, the main temple of Kolanupaka is said to have been built by Emperor Bharata, son of King Dushyanta and Queen Sakuntala. Jainism was prevalent in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana before the 4th century and Kolanupaka was one of the prominent .....


Park

At a distance of 5 Kms from Warangal Railway Station and 1 Km from Bhadrakali Temple, Musical Garden is a beautiful garden situated on the banks of Bhadrakali Lake.

The main attraction of this garden is a magnificent musical fountain with a huge rock having an artificial water fall in the background. Though the park has Rose Garden, Children Park and Duck Pond, it's not a well maintained place. The park still attracts large crowd on weekends and Holdays.

Boating in Bhadrakali Lake is available from here. The only show of Musical Fountain starts at 7:45 PM.

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM. Entrance: Rs.10, Camera: Rs.20.

The Planitarium adjacent to Garden entrance offers two shows daily at 6:30 PM and 7:45 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 Kms from Warangal Railway Station (in Hanmakonda part of the city), Siddheshwara Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple architecture is marvelous and is similar to Chalukyan style of architecture. The temple as whole is decorated amazingly with intricately carved pillars. This is an important shivaite temple in Warangal. Devotees throng to this holy temple during the Maha Shivarathry festival. The temple has a majestic look and the surroundings are serene and peaceful.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18 Kms from Warangal, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple located in Inavole (also called as Inole) is considered as one of historical temples of Shiva in this region.

The Lord Shiva in this temple is in human form along with his two conserts. The construction of this 11th century temple was ordered by Sri Ayanna, a minister of the Kakatiya dynasty. The main attraction of the temple is the 108 pillars put together in form of a chariot. The rich architectural carvings depicting the Kakatiya dynasty with 4 entrance gates and a Keerthi Toranam on the main entrance attract the devotees. This large temple complex is being maintained by archeological dept. Poojas are still performed.

To reach Inavole, drive for 11 Kms from Khammam highway (there is a big arch entrance here welcoming to Mallikarjuna temple), take right turn and drive for 7 Kms. All buses towards Khammam stop at Arch entrance & autos are available to Inavole from here.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM & 4 .....


Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

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. This is an ideal weekend getaway around Hyderabad

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.


Waterfall

At a distance of 10 km from Gudur Bus Stand, 51 km from Warangal, 88 km from Khammam Bus Station and 200 km from Hyderabad, Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls is a picturesque waterfall located at Gudur in Warangal District of Telangana.

Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls is the one of the best tourist places to visit in Warangal district. There is a rock in the form of Bheema's foot print, through which the water flows thus it is named as Bheemuni Paadam (Bheema's foot print). When sun rises and sets the water shines in rainbow colors which is an amazing sight. The water drops down from a height of about 70 ft to form a fool at the bottom. The flow of water is heavy in monsoon season. A cave beside the falls which is believed to be 10 km long is the other attraction here.

The approach road to the falls runs through thick forest and water streams. The waterfall is about 3 kms from Bhupathipet between Manoharabad and Narsmapet. While coming .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 69 Kms from Warangal and 1 Km from Ramappa Temple, Ramappa Lake is a magnificent example of irrigation work of Kakatiya Rulers. Constructed in 13th Century AD by King Ganapathi Deva, the waters of this lake are spread over an area of more than 82 Sq. Kms. The lake still provides water to irrigate 10,000 acres of land.

The lake is over looked by beautiful hill ranges in the background providing a spectacular view especially at Sunset time. It is an excellent place for picnic and one can simply come here and relax under the shade of sprawling trees or walk around appreciating the beauty of nature.

There is a small AP Tourism cottage near the lake which also serves food on demand.

Boating facility is available here. Fee: Rs. 15 for Adult and Rs. 10 for Child.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 75 Kms from Warangal and 11 Kms from Ramappa Temple, Ghanpuram Temples (also locally called as Kota Gudulu) are group of 22 temples located in Ghanpuram village.

These temples are constructed within a double walled stone enclosure that demonstrates Kakatiya art and architecture. The main attraction of these temples is the one dedicated to Lord Siva. The sculptures in Sabhamandapam here are very attractive and nicely carved.

These temples are abondened & damaged; especially the Siva temple in the center has severe damages with collapsed roof. Many sculptures are scattered all around the place and many important sculptures have been theft. It looks like the Archelogical Dept. has started the renovation work here to restore the temples.

To reach these temples, go straight for 8 Kms from Ramappa Temple Arch on main road towards Ghanapuram. The temples are 1 Km from Ghanapuram village. No directions available from Ghanapuram; need to ask locals for directions .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 75 Kms from Warangal, 29 Kms from Ramappa Temple & 219 Kms from Hyderabad, Laknavaram Lake is a wonderful lake situated close to Etunagaram highway (NH202).

Built by Kakatiyas in 13th century, this is the largest lake in Warangal district. It still provides irrigation water for over 50,000 acres of land. The magnificent lake is surrounded by thick forests of Eturnagaram Sanctuary. The suspension bridge across the lake is a special attraction.

Laknavaram is one of the best places to visit around Warangal and it's a perfect getaway to spend time with family. Boating facility is available in the lake on speed boats and motor boats. Telangana Tourism provides accommodation facilities along with a restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Post monsoon is the best season the best season to visit this place when the lake is filled with water and the surrounding hills .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 82 Kms from Warangal and 82 Kms from Hyderabad, Sri Veeranarayana Temple is an ancient temple built in 403 AD, located in Kolanupaka village in Nalgonda District.

This highly revered temple is dedicated to Shri Veeranarayana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple architecture is good and it resembles the Chalukya style of architecture. This is an important Vaishnava temple in Warangal. It is claimed that this was an ancient Jain temple later converted to a Hindu temple.

The temple is situated at a distance of 1 Km from Kolanupaka Bus Station and 1.5 Kms from Jain Temple. It is on the way to Sri Someswara Temple which is 0.5 Kms away. It seems the temple lost its glory and currently being maintained by Archeological Department. Poojas are still being performed.

Timings: 7 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM to 6:30 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 82 Kms from Warangal and 82 Kms from Hyderabad, Sri Someswara Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kolanupaka village in Nalgonda District.

This temple is also called as Veyi Lingala Gudi (Thousand Lingas Temple).The temple was built around 12th century by Kakatiya Kings. Here Lord Shiva is found in human form unlike the common Linga form. Poojas are still being performed in this temple.

The temple complex also houses the Archeological Museum with sereral hundreds of wonderful sculptures dating back to 10th century to 14th century found in this region.

The temple is situated at a distance of 1.5 Km from Kolanupaka Bus Station (past Veeranarayana Temple) and 2 Kms from Jain Temple.

Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 95 Kms from Warangal & 260 Kms from Hyderabad, Medaram is famous for Samakka Sarakka Jatara held once in every two years during the month of February. It is located within Ethurnagaram Wildlife Sanctury.

Sammakka is mother of Sarakka; both belong to the tribal community in Medaram village. In 14th century, Sammakka & Sarakka fought against Kakatiyas ruler Prathaparudra who tried to occupy the tribal territories. Finally, they lost their lives along with all their family members during the brutal fight.

The Sammakka Sarakka Jatara (Festival) is held to offer tribute to the brave mother-daughter warriors. Approximately 6 million people converge over three days around the small village of Medaram and its adjacent, Jampanna Vagu. This fair is said to be the largest repeating aggregation of tribal communities in the whole world.

Accommodation is available at Laknavaram Lake (35 km - Haritha Resort), Tadvai (14 km - few Cottages) & ITDA Guest House at Medaram.

Laknavaram .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 109 Kms from Warangal and 253 Kms from Hyderabad, Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuaries in South India. It was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1952 by Hyderabad Nizam Government. The sanctuary is located near the border of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The famous Sammakka-Saralamma Temple is situated inside the sanctuary.

This sanctuary is spread across 806 sq. kms area. Eturnagaram Sanctuary has a water source called Dayyam Vagu, which separates the sanctuary into two parts. This sanctuary provides shelter to Tiger, Leopard, Panther, Wolf, Wild Dogs, Jackals Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Black Buck, Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Four Horned Antilope, Chinkara, Black Buck, Gaur and Giant Squirrels. The sanctuary is also home to a wide range of bird species.

Jampannavagu, a tributary to Godavari River which flows through Medaram, merges .....

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