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Andhrapradesh >> Warangal

Warangal


Location
157 kms from Hyderabad
Temperature
34 c Summer/ 26 c Winter
Latitude : 18.000055    Longitude : 79.588167

Language : Telugu,Tamil
Warangal, once the capital of the Kakatiya Kingdom lying south of the River Godavari, is the fifth largest city in Andhra Pradesh located about 157 kms from Hyderabad. It is an important cultural centre of the Telangana region. The ancient history, beautiful lakes, fine architectural temples, rich fauna and flora have contributed its importance to Warangal as a Tourist Centre.
Eturungaram Sanctuary
Eturungaram Sanctuary - Wildlife Sanctuary
About 80 Kms from Warangal, the Eturungaram Sanctuary along the banks of River Godavari, is home to the Spotted Deer, Blackbuck, Neelghai, Sloth Bear, Panther and Tiger. The sylvan environs of the sanctuary, with forests interspered with low hills, offer a nice holiday Cottages maintained by the department of Forests at Eturunagaram and nearby tadavi provide comfortable accommodation. The best season to visit Eturunagram is between October and May.
Kolanupaka
Kolanupaka - Jain Temple
Kolanupaka 75 kms from Hyderabad and 75 kms from Warangal is famous for the 2000 years - old Jain Mahavir Temple. A five feet jade idol of Lord Mahavira is an added attraction. The Jain temple is architecturally brilliant and endowed with beautifully carved statues of Tirthankaras. The state Archaeological Department runs a museum in the Someswara temple complex with a wide range of exhibits relating to temple architecture
Pakhal lake
Pakhal lake - charming Lake
A trip to Warangal is not complete without a sojourn at the charming Pakhal Lake. Moonlit nights on the shores of this lake are simply heavenly.Situated about 70 kms from Warangal, this huge manmade lake is enveloped by forested hills. Set around the lake is Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of 900 sq. km.
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
Pakhal Wild life Sanctuary is at a distance of 50 km from Warangal in Andhra Pradesh . It is on the shores of Pakhal Lake which is an artificial lake and was excavated as early as in 1213AD by the Kakatiyas. The Pakhal Wild life Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 880sq. km and is located over a large plateau nestled among low hills. Height of Pakhal Wild life Sanctuary ranges from 280-300sq ft. There are some evergreen species like Aegle marmelos,Mallotus philippenis. The wildlife in Pakhal Wild life Sanctuary , are Spotted Deer,Sambhar,Nighai,Wild boar,Hyena,Sloth Bear,Panther,Teals,Tiger, Cormorant,Spoon bills,Storks etc..
Ramappa Lake
Ramappa Lake
Includes Ramappa Temple and boating facility in Ramappa Lake. The Kakatiya rulers followed the traditions of constructing a tank adjacent to a temple. In line with this tradition, the Ramappa Lake was also constructed near the Ramappa temple. The lake holds a great scenic beauty, with its serene surroundings, giving a mystical air to the temple.
Ramappa Temple
Ramappa Temple
The medieval Deccan Ramappa Temple dating back to 1213 AD, built by the 7th Kakatiya kind Rudra Senani, is the right choice for architectural lovers with a panoramic view of scenic beauty, situated at Palamet village 64 kms away from Warangal, the Temple has several idols in dancing postures. It documents the glory and grandeur of the Kakatiya kingdom with rich intricate culture on walls, pillars and ceilings brackets and ceiling will captivate you. The main attraction of this temple is the floating bricks and a warrior queen.
Thousand Pillars Temple
Thousand Pillars Temple - Triple Shrine Temple
Perched elegantly on the slopes of the hills at Hanamkonda, the thousand pillars temple is fine specimen of Kakatiya Architecture and sculpture. Built by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD in the Chalunkan style, the star-shaped, triple shrine temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple is notable for its richly carved pillars, preformatted screens and exquisite icons, specially impressive are the rock cut elephants and the Nandi.
Warangal Fort
Warangal Fort
The Warangal Fort with its impressive and beautifully carved thoranan arches, and pillars inside spread over a radius of 19 kms between Hanamkonda and Warangal, the impregnable fort was popularly known as the seat of power. The fort consists of seven towers , with a radius of 8 kms. The main fort has 45 towers, and a temple of mother earth in the middle of the fort (Swayam Bhudevi Alayam). A legendary master piece known as Khush Mahal built by Shittabh Khan (Reign 1504-1512 is situated close to the glorious Warangal Fort. Even today, the beautifully carved gateway located within the fort-the famous 'Ekashila'- symbolises the Kakatiya empire and Warangal like the Charminar does for Hyderabad.
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