Warangal is the second-largest and historical city of Telangana. This city was capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty established in 1163. Moreover, you can observe the fortresses, Lakes, Temples, Stone Gateways and surround by lush green hills. The city is also called as Ekasila Nagaram and in the year of 2013, promoted as the Heritage City Of Telangana by UNESCO.
Warangal is a combination of three cities namely Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamakota. Warangal also has an airport at the time of Nizams at Mamnoor Village but does not have any commercial flights. The Great Famous freedom fighter Kaloji Narayana Rao was born in Warangal.
Places To Visit In Warangal :
Thousand Pillar Temple :
Thousand Pillar Temple is also known as Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is a
very popular heritage spot constructed by Rudra Deva in the year 1163 which is located on the slope of Hanamkonda Hill.This temple standing perfect example for the Kakatiya Empire’s Culture and Architectural style. It is also known for Carved pillars, Rock Cut elephants and Star Shaped architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Even Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya are worshipped here. You can see the massive sculpture of Nandi.
The temple under the maintenance of Archaeological Survey Of India. It has an exterior wall of the temple, Carved doorways, the ceiling slabs and four central pillars of the Mandap which looks beautiful. Many Telugu films like Varsham and more shot at this place. Tourists love this place and enjoy looking at this ancient temple.pooja’s are also performed.
Bhadrakali Temple :
Bhadrakali Temple is the famous temples which are dedicated to Goddess Kali established in the 6th Century by Pulikesi-II of Chalukyas Dynasty located on top of the hill near to the center of the city. Where Kakatiya rulers believe Goddess Kali as their ‘Kula Devatha’.This temple constructed as the Chalukya style of architecture.
Goddess Bhadrakali is in a sitting position carrying weapons in all her eight hands. Moreover, there is a rock formation that was naturally formed around the temple and also located on the banks of Bhadrakali Lake.
Tourists will enjoy nature and give them a peaceful mind. Even there is a park adjacent to the temple. Every year thousands of devotees visit this temple. Every year Brahmotsavas which held in the month of April or May. At this time the temple is decorated with lights which look fabulous at night.
Warangal Fort :
Warangal Fort is the landmark of the Telangana State was built by King Ganapati Deva in the 13th century under the Kakatiya Kingdom. Later, this temple developed by his daughter Rani Rudrama Devi. The fort is surrounded by a mud wall and main attraction of these temple has carved sculptures also paintings which made on a single block of granite. The famous stone called Kirti Toranas about 30 feet high is situated at this place.
The fort is famous for arches and pillars whereas the main fort consists of 45 towers. Inside the fort, you will observe Shambhulingeshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, Now the fort was destroyed and only the ruins can be seen presently. When you look the entrance of the fort is completely built-in South Indian Architectural Style.
Warangal Gate or Kakatiya Kala Thoranam is the symbol of Kakatiya Dynasty and Emblem of Telangana State.
Ramappa Temple :
Ramappa Temple is also known as Ramalingeswara temple is must visit the temple and the only temple in the country known by the name of its sculptor was built by a General Recherla Rudra in the year of 1213 which is located in Palampet. As per history, It took 40 years to build this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In this temple, The Shiva Lingam has been installed on a star-shaped platform with 6 ft high.
There are three entrances have a total of 12 sculptures of madanikas which is the main attraction of the temple. Even it consists of large mandapa and a mukha mandapa. At the entrance, you will find Nandi which 9 ft long.
Most of the travelers visit this temple at the time of Shivaratri.you will find Ramapa Lake about 1 Km from the temple. The lake is spread over an area of 82 sq Km. This lake is popular for picnic spot and you will find boating facilities.
Pakhal Lake :
Pakhal Lake is an man-made lake was built by King Ganapati Deva in 1213 AD. This lake is spread over an area of 30 Km. The lake is surrounded by lush green and breathtaking views were travelers enjoy by seeing nature.
Lake produces water to 3 lakh acres of land.
The lake lies between Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary and Forest area.
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary with an area of 839 sq Km.Where Tigers, Leopards, and Deer roaming freely in the wild. Even animals such as Wolf, Panthers, and Jackals will find in Pakhal wildlife.
Tourists have fun during the summers,they will enjoy the sounds of water and birds in the morning and evening time.
Laknavaram Lake :
Laknavaram Lake or Laknavaram Cheruvu is most popular places and man-made lake covered with lush green dense forest with an area of around 10,000 acres was built by Kakatiya Kings situated in the Bhupalpally district. The beauty of this lake is 13 small islands spread across with this lake.This lake stores rainwater and serves as a source of irrigation water of more than 4500 hectares.
There is a hanging bridge with 160 M across the lake and boating also available. Now it is becoming famous for a photoshoot, pre-wedding shoot and many Telugu movies shot at this place. Telangana Government offers good accommodation facility and Haritha Haram Hotel. It is a famous picnic spot for friends and families. Travelers enjoy the beauty of nature and take photos on a hanging bridge.
Samakka Sarakka Jatara :
Samakka Sarakka Jatara or also known as Medaram which is located inside Ethurnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary. Medaram is famous and called as Telangana Kumbh Mela. The Sammakka Sarakka temple was built in the 12th century. This temple is dedicated in memory of two tribal women named as Sammakka and Sarakka. This festival held once in every Two Years in the month of February.
The Jatra begins at Medaram and celebrates for four days. As per estimation, 6 million people gather at this time. They both belong to the Tribal community in Medaram village. Jatara will be celebrated in the thick forest. People come from different places like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and etc.