Warangal

Warangal

 
Just about 157 kms from Hyderabad, lies the legendary city of Warangal, which has found its way into Marco Polo's travel diaries! Come, explore a plethora of lakes, temples and wildlife. Warangal produces rice, peanuts, grains, and livestock. Warangal is also a center for cotton, rice, and grain milling; tanning; wool processing; printing; and carpet weaving. The rail junction of Kazipet lies to the southwest. Warangal has an arts and sciences college and a government teachers training college, both affiliated with Osmania University (1918) at Hyderabad. A 12th-century Hindu temple is in the city, and Warangal Fort, located nearby, is the site of the 13th century capital of an Andhra kingdom. Formerly a part of Hyderabad princely state, the city is sometimes called Hanamkonda. Warangal, is noted for its beautiful lakes, splendid temples and wildlife. It was once the capital of the legendary Kakatiya kingdom, and mentioned. The city was once the heartland of Telugu culture.
 
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WarangalJust about 157 kms from Hyderabad, lies the legendary city of Warangal, which has found its way into Marco Polo's travel diaries! Come, explore a plethora of lakes, temples and wildlife. Warangal produces rice, peanuts, grains, and livestock. Warangal is also a center for cotton, rice, and grain milling; tanning; wool processing; printing; and carpet weaving. The rail junction of Kazipet lies to the southwest. Warangal has an arts and sciences college and a government teachers training college, both affiliated with Osmania University (1918) at Hyderabad. A 12th-century Hindu temple is in the city, and Warangal Fort, located nearby, is the site of the 13th century capital of an Andhra kingdom. Formerly a part of Hyderabad princely state, the city is sometimes called Hanamkonda. Warangal, is noted for its beautiful lakes, splendid temples and wildlife. It was once the capital of the legendary Kakatiya kingdom, and mentioned. The city was once the heartland of Telugu culture. The capital of the Kakatiya rulers, Warangal today contains some of the best forms of architecture, especially temples. Warangal city today is part of a cluster of three towns: Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda, the district headquarters'. Bound on the Northern part by the mighty Godavari River, the district has large tracts of forest and an array of flora and fauna

General Information
Temperature:Max.Min.
Summer39.6C23.2C
Winter30C13.5C
Rainfall: 82.5 cm. (June to September)
Best Season : September to February
Population: 447,657 (1991 Census)
STD Code : 08712

Eturnagaram
This sprawling sanctuary along the Godavari River is about 80 kilometers from Warangal and 210 kilometers 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.

Kolanupaka
Kolanupaka in neighbouring Nalgonda district was the second capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas during the 11 th century. It developed into a great centre of Shaivism and Jainism and is today considered to be a major pilgrim centre for the Jains. Located on the Hyderabad-Warangal road, 80 kilometer from Hyderabad, Kolanupaka has a number of temples and shrines, prominent among them being one of the oldest Jain temples, over 2000 years old with a 5-ft jade idol of Mahavira. The Sri Veeranarayana Temple and the Someswara Temple & the State Archaeological Department has set up a museum in the Someswara Temple complex with exhibits mainly relating to temple architecture. Kolanupaka is located 80 kilometer from Hyderabad and 70 kilometer from Warangal. The nearest railway station is Alair.

Pakhal Lake
The sanctuary around the beautiful Pakhal Lake lies about 60 kilometers 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 lake itself was excavated in the 13th century. The sanctuary is home to 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
Pembarti is famous for its sheet metal art, which flourished during the reign of the Kakatiyas. Even now Pembarti is known for its handicrafts and a Copper & Silver Metal Craft Centre here is worth a visit. Pembarti is located about 100 kilometers from Hyderabad and about 60 kilometers from Warangal.

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

Ramappa Temple
Ramappa Temple at Palampet village is 70 kilometers from Warangal and about 200 kilometers from Hyderabad. The Ramalingeswara temple, popularly called Ramappa Temple, is a classic example of Kakatiyan architecture. The construction of the temple dates back to 1213 AD and originally there were said to be three structures but only one is presently intact. The Shivalaya stands majestically on a six-ft high star-shaped platform. This temple is famous for its rich, intricate sculpture covered walls, pillars, brackets and ceilings.

Thousand Pillar Temple
The famous "Thousand Pillar Temple" built in 1163 A.D. by Rudra Deva, is situated between Hanamkonda and Warangal, the twin towns. An excellent example of Kakatiya architecture, built in the style of Chalukya temples - a star-shaped and triple-shrine, 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.

Warangal Fort
12 kilometers from Hanamkonda 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.

Air: Nearest airport is at Hyderabad 157 km.

Rail: Nearest convenient rail head is at Kazipet 6 km. Warangal also has direct rail connections with all important cities of India. It lies on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad section of the South Central Railway.

Road: Warangal is connected by state buses from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam, etc.
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