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General Information about Warangal

Ancient and mesmerizing! You will fall for Warangal, which is located about 143kms away from Hyderabad and is now a part of the newly formed Telagana state. Warangal is famous for its temple architecture and its majestic fort. The main places of interest in Warangal are Warangal Fort, Bhadrakali Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa Temple. If you have decided to drive on your own, you can visit many places en route to Warangal from Hyderabad like Bhongir Fort, Pembarti, Kolanupaka (Jain Temple) and Jangaon. It proves to be a great weekend escape.

The Warangal city is credited as the fifth largest city in this state. The legends have it that it was known as Oruguallu or Omtikonda or Ekasilanagaram mainly due to the existence of a huge hillock which seemed to have been carved out entirely off one stone. Warangal takes you back to the era of kings and queens with its beautiful historical sites. Warangal natural beauty is no less impressive and the Parkhal Lake and wildlife sanctuaries are also definitely worth checking out. Warangal also houses a National Institute of Technology(NIT) which has made it a famous student hub today.

Warangal city was once ruled by the Kakatiya Dynasty which constructed several monuments like an imposing fortress, stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake.


Attractions: The historical Bhadrakali Temple, dedicated to the eight-handed goddess Bhadrakali, lies in heart of the city and has a huge lake nearby. Warangal Fort, with its massive stone gateways called Kakatiya Toranas and many pillars surrounding the Swayambhudevi Aalayam temple, is a must-visit attraction here.

The star-shaped Thousand Pillar Temple, located quite near the station, is an ancient heritage site that represents the sculptural beauty of Kakatiyan heritage.

Activities: Marvel at the splendorous architecture of temples like Bhadrakali, Ramappa and Thousand Pillar. Wildlife spotting can be indulged in at the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of the river Godavari. Bird watching, photography and boating can be undertaken at the Pakhal Lake which is about 50km from the city centre.

Location: 148km to the northeast of Hyderabad

Distance: 148km

Best time to Visit: October to March

Connectivity :

By Rail : Warangal has its own railway station that has frequent trains running from Hyderabad on the extensive railway network. At the railway station intra and intercity transportation system is efficiently available.

By Air : Hyderabad Airport is the nearest airport to Warangal. At the airport, there are taxis and cabs available for hire to ensure easy movement in and around the town.

By Road : There is direct road connectivity availability available between Warangal and Hyderabad through Hyderabad-Warangal-Bhopalpatnam Road. Apart from driving the self-driven vehicle, one can also reach Warangal through private taxis and cabs available for hire. Private buses are also functional in the region.


The food in Warangal is characteristically spicy and the menu of this town offers one both, vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. The local specialties of the area are Laskora Unda, Hyderabadi Biryani, Jalebis, Pickles, Gram powder vegetables and more. A number of places here also serve North-Indian and South-Indian cuisines.


An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrive in Warangal, visit the Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda. Have a sumptuous lunch at Geeta Bhavan. Proceed to the Warangal Fort. Stroll the gardens of Ekashila Children?s Park and watch the Laser Show held in the fort premises.

Day 2: Visit the Ramappa Temple in the morning. Then, move to Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, spend some time with nature. You can visit some local markets in the evening before returning to buy souvenirs for yourself.


Few Places of Interest :

Located at a distance of about 77 km from Warangal, the small town of Palampet in Andhra Pradesh has made a place for itself among the tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. The Ramappa Temple in Palampet is particularly mention worthy because it is an excellent illustration of remarkable Kakatiya art.

The Ramappa Temple has been showered with a lot of praises. It is referred to as the “brightest star in the galaxy of medieval temples in the Deccan”. This phrase speaks volumes about the position of Ramappa Temple amongst the large number of temples that are found in India.

One will be very surprised to know that the bricks that have been used to build the Ramappa Temple are so light that they can float on water. In spite of that the strength of the bricks should never be undermined for even after the passage of so many years the Ramappa Temple still stands strong. Three shrines dedicated to Rudreswara, Kateswara and Kameswara are there in the Ramappa Temple but the latter two are in ruins. A shikhara crowns this temple which stands on a 6 ft high platform. There are umpteen beautifully carved pillars at the Ramappa Temple in Palampet, Andhra Pradesh. A nine feet high Nandi Bull greets you just as you enter the temple premises. The walls and ceilings of the Ramappa Temple are also covered with intricate carvings that depict stories from the Puranas and Indian mythology.

Warangal Fort
The Warangal Fort is located at the top of a hill and is one of the most important sites in India. It is renowned for numerous temples and artifacts that are present here. The monuments and temples at Warangal are renowned for the elegant architectural structures. It displays the gorgeous Kakatiya architecture and they are mostly constructed by the Kakatiyan dynasty and display rare architectural skill and talent.

The Warangal Fort displays a rare and exquisite Thorean Architectural style. There are Thoranan Arches and the pillars are spread across an area of about 19 kilometers between Hanamkonda and Warangal. The Warangal Fort signifies power and boldness. There are seven towers in the Warangal Fort, and each has a radius of about eight kilometers. There are 45 towers in the main fort and a temple is located in the middle of the main fort. Shittabh Khan constructed the Khush Mahal which was constructed in the year 1504-1514.


Thousand Pillar Temple
Constructed in a star-shaped architecture, the Thousand Pillars Temple is a popular pilgrimage centre which welcomes more than 1000 devotees almost everyday. The temple also contains a huge monolith Nandi, made up of black basalt stone. The three shrines located in the temple are together known as Trikootalayam.

Situated in Hanamkonda, the Thousand Pillars temple is one of the most visited tourist spots in Warangal City. It was built by Rudra Dev in 1163 AD. The temple is constructed in Chalukya Style of architecture and has three presiding deities, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Surya Deva. It is one of the finest arts of the Kakatiya Dynasty.


Pakhal Lake
Around 50 km away from Warangal city is the beautiful Pakhal Lake which is spread over an area of 30 sq km amidst the lush green forests and hills. The chirping of birds mingled with rejuvenating breeze and tranquillity makes it a popular spot for picnics and nature enthusiasts.

A man-made lake built during the Kakatiya Dynasty by the King Ganapati Deva in 1213 AD, the Pakhal Lake serves as a source of water for irrigation. Located next to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in the year 1952 by the Kakatiya Dynasty, the Pakhal Lake also provides a natural haven to the wild animals amongst the range of low hills and a plateau with safe ambience. This is the reason, one also spots a wide range of species of flora and fauna near the lake.

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