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#1 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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 .....
#2 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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. It is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Hyderabad as a weekend getaway.
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, .....
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#3 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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.
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#4 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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 and among the prime place to visit on a Hyderabad tour.
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 &
#5 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
At a distance of 15 km from Mulugu, 65 km from Warangal, 116 km from Karimnagar, 152 km from Khammam, 210 km from Nalgonda, 211 km from Hyderabad, and 280 km from Vijayawada, Ramappa Temple is a historical temple situated at Palampet village in the Warangal district of Telangana. It is one of the famous weekend getaways from Hyderabad and among the most important places of heritage in Telangana.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ramappa Temple or Ramalingeshwara Temple was built by General Recherla Rudra, during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva in 1213 AD. As per history, it took 40 years to build this temple. 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, and among the popular places to experience Telangana Tourism. Known for its splendid architecture & intricate carvings, the temple has been on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site under 'The Glorious Kakatiya .....
Distance (From Warangal Railway Station): 66 Kms
Trip Duration (From Warangal Railway Station - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
#6 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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.
#7 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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.
#8 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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.
#9 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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 .....
Backwaters | Wildlife
#10 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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.
#11 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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 .....
#12 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
At a distance of 29 km from Ramappa Temple, and 75 km from Warangal, Laknavaram Lake is a wonderful artificial lake situated close to Etunagaram highway (NH202). It is the large lake in the Warangal district, and among the top Ramappa tourist places.
Laknavaram Lake was built by Kakatiyas in the 13th century. It still provides water for irrigation over 50,000 acres of land. The magnificent lake is surrounded by the 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 facilities are available in the lake on speed boats and motorboats. Telangana Tourism provides accommodation facilities along with a restaurant on the island in the middle of the lake.
Post monsoon is the best season to visit this place when the lake is filled with water and the surrounding hills are covered with thick vegetation. Laknavaram .....
Distance (From Warangal): 75 Kms
Trip Duration (From Warangal - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
#13 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
At a distance of 63 km from Ramappa Temple, and 109 km from Warangal, Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a reserved forest situated near Eturnagaram in the Mulugu district of Telangana, India. It is one of the oldest sanctuaries in South India, and among the best places to visit near Hyderabad for wildlife lovers.
Eturnagaram was declared as a 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 over an area of around 806 sq. km.
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 .....
Distance (From Warangal): 109 Kms
Trip Duration (From Warangal - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
Heritage | Adventure
#14 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
At a distance of 3 km from Thirumalagiri, and 25 km from Ramappa Temple, Pandavula Guhalu is an ancient cave site situated near Thirumalagiri in the Jayshankar Bhupalpally district in Telangana. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Telangana, and among the best places to visit during the Ramappa Temple tour.
Pandavula Guhalu is a prehistoric habitation site situated atop Pandavulakonda or Pandavula Gutta. The site was first discovered in the year 1990. Paleolithic cave paintings have been found here which offer a rare glimpse into the prehistoric man's rock art identified on walls and ceilings of caves, rock shelters, and isolated boulders. Experts say these cave paintings date back to at least the 7th Century.
The rock art paintings depict wildlife like Bison, Antelope, Tiger, Leopard, etc. Other shapes like the swastika symbol, circles, and squares, weapons such as bows, arrows, swords, and lancers, etc are present in these paintings. The paintings also feature .....
Distance (From Warangal): 49 Kms
Trip Duration (From Warangal - Including Travel): 3 Hours
#15 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
At a distance of 50km from Ramappa Temple, 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) .....
Distance (From Warangal): 95 Kms
Trip Duration (From Warangal - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
#16 of 16 Places to Visit in Warangal
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
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