- Warangal- A Cradle of Telugu Culture
Warangal, the erstwhile capital of Kakatiya dynasty, is the fourth
largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Marco Polo, the famous western traveler
who journeyed along the fabled silk route, mentions Warangal in his
travelogues. The city has some of the finest heritage monuments dating
back to the Kakatiya period. This period is widely recognized as a
glorious era when Telugu culture and literature were at its zenith.
Warangal is not just a place of archeological interest; it is also
blessed with some of the most picturesque landscapes in the whole of
The place still emanates an aura of medieval charm with its imposing forts, magnificent temples, massive stone gateways and numerous monuments that lie scattered throughout the townscape. The city lures a traveler with her old world charm, natural splendor, age-old traditions and cosmopolitan outlook. As the scintillating magic of Warangal unfolds, one cant help but be in awe, and contemplate in wonder the artistic fervor and the creative genius of the past.
The imposing Warangal Fort, spread over a 19 km radius, is a fine
specimen of Kakatiya engineering skills and craftsmanship from the 13th
century AD. The fort has impressive arches, huge pillars, several towers
and a temple dedicated to Mother Earth. The magnificent Khush Mahal,
built by Shitabh Khan, lies close to the Fort, housing idols excavated
from the surrounding areas.
The star shaped, exquisitely sculptured Thousand Pillar temple, is a magnum opus of Kakatiya temple architecture. The temple, built in 1163 A.D, is set atop the hills of Hanamkonda. The sprawling temple complex encloses shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya. The temple is famous for its intricately carved pillars, rock-cut elephant motifs and a Nandi.
Perched on a hilltop, between the city of Warangal and Hanamkonda, is the magnificent temple dedicated to goddess Bhadra Kali. The temple is noted for its eight-armed stone image of Goddess Kali, depicted in a sitting posture, with a lethal weapon in each hand.
The 2000 year old Jain temple of Mahaveer at Kolanupaka still remains an important place of worship for the Jain community. Kolanupaka is at a distance of 75 km from both Warangal and Hyderabad. The recently renovated temple is well-renowned for its beautifully carved statues of the Jain Thirthankaras- with the exquisite 5 foot idol of Lord Mahavira carved in Jade undisputedly claiming the focal attraction. There is also an Archeological Museum with a wide array of artifacts displaying the glorious heritage of the region.
Ramappa temple, built in 1213 AD, is set amidst picturesque surroundings in Palamet village, at a distance of 64 km from Warangal. The temple is famous for its idols depicting various dance postures, intricately carved walls and beautiful ceilings. There is a beautiful lake constructed by the ancient kings near the temple, built in accordance with tradition. The scenic beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscape can now be enjoyed through boat rides.
Pakhal Lake and its adjoining wildlife sanctuary are located at a distance of 50 km from Warangal. This artificial lake was created from a small tributary of Krishna River by the Kakatiya rulers in 1213 A.D. The place is renowned for its natural beauty and exotic wildlife a safe haven for a wide variety of animals and birds.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at a distance of 140 km at Hyderabad, which is well connected to all major cities in India and abroad.
Well connected to all cities in South India.
The city is well connected by a network of roads.