Warangal Travel Guide
Location : Northern part of Andhra Pradesh
Attractions : Wrangal fort, Thousand Pillar Temple, Bhadra
Ideal Time To Visit : October to June
¤ The Ancient City of Warangal
city of Warangal is located in northern Andhra Pradesh State. In the
past, it was the ancient capital of the Kakatiya dynasty in the 12th
century AD. The beautiful lakes, temples, wildlife, exquisite antiques
and relics makes it a populat travel destination and invite
innumerable tourists to explore it.
The Warangal fort was the center of power here. It is located in the
southeast of the warangal city. In the past, it was fortified by two
walls but now only its ruins are left. Today, Warangal is one of the
major commercial and industrial cities of India.
¤ History of Warangal
Warangal was ruled by the Prola Raja of the Kakatiya dynasty, who
established the place in the 12th century AD. Warangal was earlier
known as the Worakalli, the capital of the Adeva Rajas of Tuluva
andhra or Telengana in the 8th century AD.
Earlier, warangal was known as Orugallu or Omtikonda due to the
presence of a massive boulder like hillock situated near the swayambhu
Siva Temple. It was also referred to as "Ekasilanagaram".
¤ Attractions In Warangal
Warangal has many travel places, which attracts tourists in large
number. It is also mentioned in the travel diaries of Marco Polo.
This fort is 12-km away from Hanamakonda and it dates back to the
13th century. This fort was built by the Kakatiya king, Ganapati Deva
and his daughter Rudramma. The major part of the structure of the fort
has been damaged, but it still has some of the its ruins with
exquisite pieces of sculpture.
Thousand Pillar Temple
The thousand pillar temple represents the Kakatiya architecture and
sculpture. It was built by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD. This temple follows
the Chalukyan style of temples having a star shape and triple shrine.
Bhadra Kali Temple The Bhadra Kali temple is situated on a
hilltop between Hanamkonda and Warangal. This temple is famous for its
stone image of the Goddess Kali.
The Jain temple here is about 2,000-year old and is dedicated to
Lord Mahaveer. It is a famous place of worship for Jains in the
country. There are beautiful images of Thirthankaras here, but the 5ft
high image of Mahavira, entirely carved of Jade, is the highlight of
Ramappa Temple - 70 kms
The Ramappa temple is also known as the Ramalingeswara temple. It is
situated in Palampet village around 70-kms away from Warangal. This
temple dates back to 1213 AD and it represents the rich heritage of
the Kakatiya kingdom.
Pakhal Lake - 50 km
The Pakhal lake is a man made lake completed in 1213 AD by the
Kakatiya king, Ganapathidev. It was built by harnessing a small
tributary of the Krishna River. Located 50-km from Warangal, it
spreads over an area of 30-sq-km.
Kolanupaka Museum - 80 km
Kolanupaka was the alternate capital of Kalyani Chalukyas in the 11
th century AD. There is a famous museum here set up by the State
Department of Archeology and Museums. It is a sculptural gallery,
which displays artifacts from the various historical monuments in
Warangal also celebrates the same festivals celebrated by the rest of
Andhra Pradesh. Some of these festivals here are, Diwali, Ganesh
Chaturthi, Shivratri, Dusshera, etc.
¤ Reach Warangal
By Air : The nearest
Airport is Hyderabad (140-km) connected by Indian Airlines flights
with Bombay , Bangalore , Bhubaneswar , Calcutta , Delhi , Madras,
Nagpur, and Vishakhapatnam.
By Rail : Warangal is linked to all-important cities in
India by rail.
By Road : Regular bus services are available (APSRTC) from
Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta, Vijayawada, Armur, Kolanupaka, Jangaon,
Kodad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial,
Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Basara, Bangalore , Mysore and Tirupati.