About Warangal Tourist Places List in Warangal District
About Warangal district of Telangana is glutted with ancient temples, historic monuments and massive forts. Archaeologists find a bounty here while the layman is awestruck. Historians have a lot to take note of. The archive of the district appeals to historians while the monuments attract archaeologists.
The Kakatiya rulers have contributed in leaps and bounds to the glory of the region. The Warangal Fort built by the Kakatiya ruler Ganapathi Deva is a fine example of construction in ingenuity as beyond the forbidding moat all along the outer periphery. There are two walls, the outer one built of mud whereas the inner one composed or rugged stone.
Warangal District was once the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty and lies 100km. from Hyderabad. The 1000 pillared temple on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill and Bhadrakali temple is a tourist attraction. The other important monument in Warangal is the fort built by the Kakatiyas. The historic town earlier known as Orugallu was the glorious capital of the great Kakatiyas during 13th century AD. It became an important centre of Telugu culture and literature under the Kakatiya kings. The fort city is studded with magnificent monuments and temples depicting some of the finest forms of architecture in South India. Warangal is also well known for its durries (carpets) and rumals.
Places to visit in Warangal, Telangana India
This region is full of great lakes, historical monuments and forts. As such, it is an interesting place for the pilgrims, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers. The rulers of Warangal belonged to the Kakatiya dynasty, derived from the word Kukati which is the local name for Durga. The Kakatiyas were great builders of monuments in Chalukyan style. There are many interesting places in this region.
Thousand Pillared Temple
The star shaped temple at Hanamkonda is a master piece of Kakatiya architecture and one of the most famous monuments of Andhra Pradesh. It was built in 1163, by Kakatiya king Rudra Deva and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya (sun). The exquisitely caved pillars, splendid sculptures and a huge six feet high Nandi are noteworthy.
The Ramappa Temple
The Ramappa Temple at Palampet is 77km from Warangal. The temple is a splendid fusion of the Chalukyan and Hoysala architectures. Situated near the village Palampet, is this temple built in the 13th century. This temple has been described as the Brightest star in the galaxy of medieval temples of the Deccan. The temple is similar in style, deign and workmanship to the Thousand Pillar Temple at Hanumakonda, but it is more ornamental. The pillars and ceilings are decorated with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata depicted in sculpture. Ling panels of figures of gods, goddesses, warriors, musicians and dancing girls decorate the outer walls. Large figures of dancing girls in various attitudes have been utilized as brackets springing from pillars and supporting overhanging eves. All these figures are carved in black basalt with fine polish; their fine anatomy, vigour and rhythm of the dance poses make them extremely beautiful.
Srisailam is located on 230 from Hyderabad is the famous pilgrimage centre dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity Lord Mallikarjuna is believed to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of the country. An unique feature of this Shiva temple is that any devotee irrespective of caste or creed can touch the Lord and worship him.
Sri Bhadrakali Temple
The 8th century shrine set atop a hillock near Thousand Pillar temple enshrines a2.7m tall statue of the Goddess Kali. Other shrines in the temple complex are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Subramaniyam Swamy, Anjaneya and Nava Grahas. The Dasara Navarathri festival is celebrated here for 9 days.
The foundation of this magnificent fort was laid in 1199, by king Ganapathi Deva and was completed in 1261, by his daughter Rudramadevi. It has 45 exquisitely carved towers and pillars. Within the fort is the temple of Mother Earth known as ‘Swayambhudevi Alayam’. Near the shrine is the famous ‘Ekshila’, an ornately carved gateway resembling the gateway at Sanchi.
This elegant edifice near the fort was built by Shitabh Khan. It is a mute witness to the glorious past of Warangal. The idols excavated from surrounding area and displayed here.
Warangal Places to Visit
Eturnagaram, Sanctuary (80km)
It sprawls along the banks of river Godavari and is one of the oldest sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh. The key fauna includes tiger, leopard, sloth bear, chousingha, black buck and many varieties of birds. Best season – October to May.
The important Jain and Hindu pilgrim centre was the capital of Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century and the birth place of Renukacharya, a great Veera Shaiva saint. It has a number of ancient Jain and Hindu temples adorned with beautiful sculptures.
Amaravati is another Buddhist centre of ancient times, which flourished between the 3rd century AD. This place is well known for its marble Stupa, which is exquisitely carved with lamps, decorated all round. Amaravati is 148km from Nagarjuna Sagar.
Sri Govindaraja Perumal temple at Tirupati is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this is at the middle of the town. There is also a Shiva temple at the foot of the hill going to Tirumala.
The temple of Padmavatiamman (consort of Lord Venkateshwara) is about 5 km from Tirupati.
Hanamkonda is about 9km from Warangal. This is the same town as Warangal newly developed township outside the fort area. The place has become famous for the ancient temple popularly called as the Thousand Pillar Temple. A most exquisite example of architecture of the Kakatiya reign, attracting several visitors, both foreign and Indian, was founded by Ganapathi. It is star shaped and a triple shrine, the three shrines being dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. With no deities in the shrines at present, the pedestals inside are fitted with black basalt Lingams only. The temple is renowned for the richly carved pillars and lintels, the delicately pierced screens and most carefully finished sculptures. The black basalt Nandi in front of the temple is a splendid specimen of sculpture in monolith. Constructed in 1164, the unfinished Kalyana Mantapa behind the Nandi has numerous pillars with carvings of flowers, creepers and animals, which give its name on account of the many pillars.
The old fort, occupying a place of eminence has two walls surrounded by a moat. The outer wall has tow entrances called Bandavi Darwaza and Hyderabad Darwaza, while the other wall, which is constructed of immense boulders, has four imposing gates. Inside the fort can be seen some beautiful granite pillars some of them 10m high, containing superb sculpture. There are shrines dedicated to Narasimha, Padmakshi and Govindaraja.
Kazipet is about 12 km from Warangal. The name is derived from a domed tomb built by a Kazi in the early part of the 19th century. There are three ancient temples on the summit of a hillock, containing interesting specimens of early Hindu carvings. Nearby is Mudikonda, where two temples are located dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Both are in Dravidian style of architecture with pyramidal towers or spires.
Laknavaram is about 73km from Warangal. A huge reservoir created by shutting up the three narrow valleys with short bunds. Set in such natural surroundings, it looks more like a natural pond than man-made tank. The forests around abound in many animals which can be seen with the permission o the forest department.
Pakhal Lake is about 55km from Pakhal Lake. A beautiful lake, enclosed by dense wooded hills on three sides and bund on the other across a river cutting its way over an outcrop of the Vindhya mountains. The lake abounds in fish and alligators. A forest rest house is available only for emergent use.
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