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Warangal

Warangal, once the capital of the Kakatiya Kingdom, is the fifth largest city of Andhra Pradesh. Warangal's History, with beautiful lakes, fine temples, rich fauna & flora have contributed to its importance as a Tourist Centre. The ancient name of Warangal was known to be Oruguallu or Omtikonda on account of huge boulder like hillock situated near the swayambhu Siva Temple and is also called "EKASILANAGARAM". In course of time, it was called as "Orugallu", and finally known as Warangal.

Warangal the ancient Kakatiya Kingdom has everything to satisfy the thirst of tourist all over the world. It has beautiful Lakes , Forts, Architectural Monuments, Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden , Rock Garden, Vana Vigyana Kendra, Regional Science Centre , a fine blend of new and old. The Capital of Kakatiyas is just 150 KM from Hyderabad , the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Places to Visit in Warangal

The famous "Thousand Pillar Temple" built in 1163 A.D. by Rudra Deva, is situated between Hanumakonda and Warangal. An excellent example of Kakatiya architecture, built in the style of Chalukya temples-a star-shaped and triple-shrined, with perforated screens, exquisite icons and rock cut elephants. The temples are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The added attraction is the splendid six-foot monolith Nandi carved out of granite with a smooth finish. The one thousand pillars themselves are richly carved. Close by is another famous temple of Bhadrakali, noted for its stone image of Goddess Kali, depicted in a sitting posture.

The second largest and longest cave in the Indian subcontinent. Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. The deepest point of the cave is Patalganaga.The main sections of the caves are Simhadwaram,Kotilingalu Chamber,Patalaganga,Musical Chamber, Meditation Hall, Thousand Hoods,Banyan Tree Hall and the mandapam.

Warangal Fort, 12 kms. from Hanumakonda was built during the 13th Century by the Kakatiyas. The impressive fort has four huge stone-gateways. Built by one of the Kakatiya Kings, Ganapathi Deva and his daughter Rani Rudrama Devi, one can still spot some exquisite pieces of sculpture here.

Other places of tourist interest in Warangal are Prataparudra Planetarium, Kakatiya Musical Garden, Rock Garden and Archaeological Museum, Kakatiya University Campus, Samskritika Vihar and Laknavaram Lake.

Ramappa Temple at Palampet village is 70 kms. from Warangal and about 200 kms. from Hyderabad. The Ramalingeshwara Temple, popularly called Ramappa Temple, is a classic example of Kakatiyan Architecture. The construction of the temple dates back to 1213 AD and originally they were said to be three structures but only one is presently intact.

The Shivalaya stands majestically on a six-feet high star-shaped platform. This temple is famous for its rich, intricate sculpture covered walls, pillars, brackets and ceilings.

As the tradition of Kakatiya rulers, a tank was excavated adjacent to the temple, which is called the Ramappa Lake and is known for its scenic beauty.

This sprawling sanctuary along the Godavari River is about 80 km from Warangal and 210 kms. from Hyderabad. Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Neelgai, Sloth Bears, Panthers and Tigers inhabit the forest area interspersed with low hills. Spending the day walking along forest paths or staying the night amidst sylvan surroundings is exciting. Cottages maintained by the Forest Department at Eturunagaram and nearby Tadvai offer comfortable accommodation for tourists. The best time to visit is between October and May, before the onset of summer and monsoon.

The sanctuary around the beautiful Pakhal Lake lies about 60 kms. from Warangal. A guesthouse run by the Forest Department is located on the shores of the lake surrounded by wooded hills. Moonlit nights are a heavenly experience. The sanctuary is home to the Tiger, Leopard, Panther and Sambhar, apart from a large number of migratory birds that arrive in winter. The Forest Department has put up 'Machaans' in the sanctuary, which afford a good view of the scenery around. The nearest railhead is Warangal, 130 kms. from Hyderabad and the best time to visit the area is between November and June.

Pembarti is famous for its sheet metal art, which flourished during the reign of the Kakatiyas. Even no Pembarti is known for its handicrafts and a Copper & Silver Metal Craft Centre here is worth a visit. Pembarti is located about 100 km from Hyderabad and about 60 km from Warangal.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism provides accommodation facilities at Warangal for comfortable stay in its "Punnami Hotel" located at Hanumakonda, 2 kms. from Kazipet Railway Station and 14 kms. from Warangal Railway Station.

Sri Veeranarayana Temple, an ancient temple, is located in Kolanupaka in Warangal District. Constructed in the Chalukyan style during the 12th century, this temple is enshrines the idol of Sri Veeranarayana, who is considered as one of the forms of Lord Vishnu.

This temple is counted amongst the Pancha Narayana Kshetram, located in Karnataka. The temple is known as a major Vaishnava temple in the Warangal Village and is also popular for its architecture. It is believed that the temple was once an ancient Jain Temple and has been converted into a Hindu temple.

Sculptures of various goddesses and gods are also installed at this temple. Tourists can also visit other temples like Andal, Kappe Chennigaraya and Soumyanayaki that are located in the vicinity of this temple.

Ramappa Temple is an ancient temple which was built in the 12th century, during the rule of the Kakatiyas. This temple is constructed in the South Indian architectural style and is devoted to Lord Shiva. The Shiva Lingam in this temple, has been installed on a star shaped platform and is 6 ft high. This temple also enshrines a 9 ft long statue of Nandi, which is located at the entrance of the temple.

The walls of the temple exhibit carvings depicting stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Travellers can visit this temple during the festival of Shivaratri, which is celebrated here on a large scale.

Govindarajula Gutta is a small village surrounded by hilly terrain and lush green forests and is located close to Waranal. One of the major attractions of this village is a famous temple of Lord Shiva, which often sees many visitors. It is a strong belief among the locals that the deity of this temple has supernatural powers.

Visitors can have a sight of Warangal City from the premises of the temple. From March to May, special Pujas are conducted in the temple, which attract numerous visitors from across the country.

The Thousand Pillared Temple, which is situated on the slopes of the Hanamkonda Hill on the Hanamkonda-Warangal highway, is one of the famous temples among travellers. This temple was constructed by King Rudra Dev, a Kakatiya king, in the year 1163. Built in the shape of a star, this temple is famous for its extensively carved thousand pillars. The temple houses idols of Lord Surya, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Besides, this temple complex also comprises of a mandapam with a 6 ft Nandi that is located at the entrance of the temple. The temple also has carved doorways, pillars and ceilings.

 

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