Ramoji Film City

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The Ramoji Film City in India is located in Hyderabad. At 1633 acres, it is the largest integrated film city in the world. Escape to Ramoji Film City, a magical realm filled with excitement and wonderful surprises at every turn. As the world’s largest integrated film city and India’s only thematic holiday destination with magic of cinema. It was brought in existence by the man ‘Ramoji’ himself in the year 1996. A dreadful beauty spread over an area of about 2000 acres. The architecture and engineering of Ramoji Film Studio makes it the first choice of many filmmakers of India.

Ramoji_Film_City,_Hyderabad_-_views_from_Ramoji_Film_City_(40) These include some beautiful gardens, hills, lakes, artificial waterfalls, amusement parks, and striking architecture, making it one of Asia’s fastest growing tourism destinations. There are many modern buildings and high-tech laboratories at Ramoji Film City that serve well to the purpose of film-making. Ramoji Film City has amazing outdoor attractions, like the Mughal Gardens, Sun Fountain, Majestic Garden, Enthralled – amphitheatre, just to name a few. The complex also has urban backdrops of the US and Australia, with Amazon Army Base being the newest additions to the place. Ramoji Film City can accommodate about 50 film units at the same time.

Ramoji_Film_City,_Hyderabad_-_views_from_Ramoji_Film_City_(11) Ramoji_Film_City,_Hyderabad_-_views_from_Ramoji_Film_City_(1) Ramoji film city focuses on everything taking from a holiday place to a great adventurous and learning place for students or a place where you can get an overview of the complete filmy world. It is a place which has played a very significant role in Indian film industry. Films like Jodha Akbar, Dirty Picture, Magadheera to name a few were shot at different locations of the film city. Glamour and glitz is its mantra and it is the wonderland of movies and unlimited entertainment.

It is the perfect venue for shopping, food, movie watching and many more. From lawns, fountains, airport terminal, police outpost, railway station, temples, mosques, churches, chateaus and gateways to rural and urban settings, this Hyderabad film city has everything to mesmerise you.

How To Reach:

Hyderabad is well connected by Air, Rail and Road way, From all major city of India.

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Golkonda Fort

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Most of the forts of India are located in Rajasthan. But one of the most beautiful fort named Golconda Fort is located in Hyderabad India, and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1518–1687), is situated 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) west of Hyderabad. This historic fort derives its name from the Telugu word “Golla Konda” which means Shepherd’s hill.  The fort stands on a 400 ft high hill and was initially built by the Kakatiya dynasty in the twelfth century. The fort is considered as a hallmark of excellence in military architecture. Golconda Fort is one of the grandest forts in India. 

Founded as early as in the 12th century, the Golconda Fort was constructed by the Kakatias rulers who belonged to Warangal.The mighty Golkonda fort was turned into a mightier one by the Qutub Shahi kings with addition of granite walls and fortifications extending it circumference to around 5 kms. India’s most impressive forts, boasting 87 semicircular bastions and eight mighty gates, complete with gruesome elephant-proof spikes. It was once a city of diamond trade and hence some brilliant gems like  the Koh-i-Noor and the Darya-i-Noor were excavated from the mines around Golkonda. 

History:

Golconda_fort_15032012 Golkonda was originally known as Mankal and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. Golkonda Fort was first built by the Kakatiya dynasty as part of their western defense along the lines of the Kondapalli Fort. It was originally a mud fort but was later reconstructed in stone. This was done by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali , the fourth Qutub king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. The area eventually became a heated battleground between three kingdoms, finally culminating in the victory of the Islamic Bahmani Sultanate and the fort became a capital of a major province of the Sultanate.  The Qutb Shahis expanded the fort, whose 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) outer wall enclosed the city. The fort finally fell into ruin in 1687, after a year long siege leading to its fall at the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

Diamonds:

The Golkonda Fort used to have a vault where once the famous Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds. Golkonda’s mines yielded many diamonds. Golkonda was the market city of the diamond trade, and gems sold there came from a number of mines. Magnificent diamonds were taken from the mines in the region surrounding Golkonda, including the Daria-i-Noor or “Sea of Light”, at 185 carats (37.0 g), the largest and finest diamond of the crown jewels of Iran. 

Architecture:

The_geometry_-_Interiors_of_the_Golconda_fort Architect_in_golconda_fort It has 87 semi circular bastions which are 50 to 60 geet high. The fort also contains the tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings. These tombs have Islamic architecture and are located about 1 km north of the outer wall of Golkonda. The Golkonda fort is divided into four distinct forts. The exceptional architecture still shines through in each of the apartments, halls, temples, mosques and even the stables.The important structures inside the fort are the striking Silai Khana, a three-storied armory building, Nagina Bagh, guide lines, Akkanna-Madanna Offices, Ramdas jail, Darbar hall and a Masjib founded by Ibrahim Qutub Shah. Moreover, the fort also has an ingeniously evolved water supply system. The Victory Gate. It is called so as it is through this gate that Aurangzeb marched in with his army after his victory. This humongous gate is laden with huge iron spikes which proved helpful in saving it from being knocked down by elephants. 

Its architecture is also the embodiment of Nawabi culture and style. The eastern gateway is the biggest gate and the only entrance open to visitors now. Constructed on a hill, this intelligently planned architectural splendor has excellent ventilation which used to be a huge respite during the summers for the royals.  It derives too many visitors from different different regions of the world and India. Tourists loves to visit this place. After char minar in Hyderabad , Golconda Fort is the 2nd Most Famous place of Hyderabad.

How To Reach:

By Air: Hyderabad has international airport, Flight from all major city of India and as well as from abroad comes.

By Rail: Hyderabad is headquarter of South Central Railway, which is well connected to all major city of India.

By Road: Hyderabad is capital city which is well connected to all major city of India by road. 

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Thousand Pillar Temple

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The Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India. It is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. Thousand Pillar Temple is a popular pilgrimage center, where thousands of devotees of all faith come here to pay their homage. The temple has an old and long history and dates back to the Chalukyan era. Thousand Pillar Temple, along with “Warangal Fort” and “Ramappa Temple” are added to the tentative list of World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO.

An outstanding example of architectural brilliance during the reign of Kakatiya rule, Thousand Pillar temple is a place not only for devotees but for every history enthusiast and architecture lover. As the name suggests, the temple has a thousand pillars and is designed in the Kakatiya style of architecture. 

History : 

The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva. The temple depicts the typical Chalukyan style of architecture. Constructed for almost 72 years, the Thousand pillar temple also finds mention in the accounts of Marco Polo. The Kakatiyas dedicated the Thousand pillar temple to Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya as well. Its rock-cut elephant sculpture, massive monolith of Nandi (Lord Shiva’s divine vehicle), intricate carvings will leave you mesmerized. The spiritual aura of Thousand Pillar Temple makes the experience even more enriching. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiyavishwakarma sthapathis.  The temple was destroyed by the Mughal Empire after the invasion of southern India. Massive renovation works have been undertaken to conserve and preserve the heritage of the temple.

Architecture : 

The temple is star-shaped with several shrines and lingams. Though Shaivisam (devotion to lord Shiva) continued to be the religion of masses of kakatiya dynasty still intellectuals preferred the revival of Vedic rituals. They sought to reconcile the Vaishnavites (followers of lord Vishnu) and the Shaivites (followers of lord Shiva) through the worship of Harihara (combination of lord Vishnu and lord Shiva). There are 1,000 pillars in the structure, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God. The temple is supported by the richly carved out pillars. The screens and the beautiful sculptures which adorn the walls of the temple add to the magnificence of the structure. This temple is constructed by using an unique technique called sandbox technique for strengthening the foundation. The temple is surrounded by a big garden in which many small lingam shrines can be seen. There is a carving of a Nandi bull in the form of a highly polished black basalt monolith. 

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The Thousand Pillar Temple is constructed on a platform that is raised to a height of 1metre (3.3 ft) from ground level. Rock-cut elephants and perforated screens in the temple are characteristic of the then prevailing dynasty. This discovery has led some archaeologists to believe that the foundations of the temple might have been built upon water.

The best time to visit the Thousand Pillar Temple is during the winter months of October to March when the weather is pleasant in Warangal. Thousand pillar temple timings are from 6 AM to 8 PM.

How To Reach: 

By Air: The nearest Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad (150 km), Which is well connected to all major city of India. 

By Rail: Warangal has well-established railway station, which connects all India and lies on South Central Railway zone. 

By Road: Regular buses ply on the roads from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and other districts of Andhra Pradesh.

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Nizamabad

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Nizamabad is a city and a municipal corporation located in the Nizamabad District of Telangana, India. It was earlier known as Indur and is the headquarters of the Nizamabad district and one of the major urban centres in Telangana. The city derives its name from Nizam-ul-Mulk, the fourth Nizam of the Hyderabad state.

Located just 7 km near Nizamabad, is the forest of Mallaram, a popular eco-tourism spot with many facilities for visitors. Nizam Sagar is a large reservoir, located across the Manjira river, a tributary of the Godavari River. There are facilities here for accommodation and boarding for tourists.

Sarangpur, located 8 km from Nizamabad, is known for its Hanuman Temple, the foundation stone of which was laid by saint Samartha Ramadas, the guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Kanteshwar is popular for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built by Satakarni II, a popular Satavahana king. The Alisagar Deer Park, located in Nizamabad that has several species of deer, notably among them, the golden hued deer. The Nizamabad Fort is a heritage spot, built by the Rashtrakutas, and was then taken over by Allaudin Khilji, the Bahamanis, Qutub Shahis and finally ruled by Asaf Jahis.

The Archaeological Museum here is home to several antiquities and artefacts that represent the local civilization from the Paleolithic Era to Vijayanagara Empire. The Ashok Sagar Lake located 7 km from Nizamabad is a scenic spot amid dense forest cover enroute Saraswathi temple located at Basar. Alisagar Reservoir is a popular picnic spot in the region. The hillock mosque Bada Pahad Dargah, is thronged by many Muslim devotees each year. Dichpally Ramalayam is a renowned temple located at a distance of 15 km from Nizamabad. Neelakanteshwara Temple located atop a hillock is an important shrine for the followers of Jainism.

The district has a large-sized irrigation project called Pochampad or Sri Ram Sagar Dam on Godavari River. It supplies ample water for drinking and irrigation purposes to north Telangana districts.

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Karimnagar

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Karimnagar is a city and Municipal Corporation of Telangana state located on the banks of the River Manair River, a tributary of the Godavari River.

Karimnagar is located 165 kilometers from the state capital of Hyderabad. The city derives its name from Syed Karimuddin, believed to be one of its founders. It served as an important center for Satavahana dynasty. The district has rich coal deposits in the Godavari valley and borders Maharashtra state.

Vemulawada is a temple town located 35 km from Karimnagar, in famous for its Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple complex for devotees of Lord Shiva. Dharmapuri is shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Here the idols of Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka and Saptha Mathrukas are carved on a single slab and is also home to the temple of Mahishasuramardhani, a sixty-pillar temple.

Kondagattu situated a distance of 35 km from the district headquarters, is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya Swamy. It is highly popular temple. Kaleshwaram is the site of the famous Shiva temple, Kaleswara Muktheswara Swamy and is considered unique due to the presence of two Shiva Lingas on a single pedestal, one for Lord Shiva and the other for Lord Yama. This place is known as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam, which is the merging point for river Godavari and its tributary, the River Pranahita. A breathtaking sanctuary in Karimnagar is the Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home for crocodiles and many species of flora and fauna.

The district is also home to many heritage destinations such as Nagunur Fort, Dhulikatta, Elgandal fort, Molanguru Fort, Ramagiri Killa etc. The waters of lower Manair Dam is a spectacle to behold. Karimnagar is a resource rich district.

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Mahabubnagar

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Mahabubnagar town is located at a distance of 96 km from Hyderabad city. Formerly called Rukmammapeta and Palamooru, it derived the name of Mahabubnagar in 1890, in the honor of Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Asaf Jah VI, one of the rulers of the Nizam dynasty of Hyderabad. Mahabubnagar’s border is marked by River Krishna in the south with Andhra Pradesh. Mahabubnagar is the largest district of Telangana State. It is well connected by road and rail network on Hyderabad-Bangalore section. It was under the rule of Satavahana Dynasty and then Chalukyan Dynasty in South India between the periods of 5th and 11th century AD. Later it was under the Golconda State and finally Hyderabad State.

Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers flow through this district. Dindi River, is an important tributary of the river Krishna in this district. Mahabubnagar district is home to famous temples and many religious and heritage sites of historical importance. Umamaheshwaram near Achampet in renowned for Umamaheshwaram temple in the hills of Nallamala forests.

Jurala Dam, Alamapur’s Jogulamba temple (considered one of the eighteen shaktipeetams in India) and Gadwal fort are some of the key destinations. Kollapur is a famous tourist attraction with architectural sites dating back to 2nd century BC. Koilsagar is a key dam, which attracts tourists. Mallela Theertham is a popular waterfall situated in Nallamala forest region. The district has an important Tiger sanctuary located near the Srisailam forest area.

Alampur

alampur The heritage site of Alampur located in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana is home to the Navabrahma temples and famous Jogulamba Temple in one temple complex. These are believed to be built during the 7th – 8th Centuries A.D. and a total of nine temples were built on the banks of the river Tungabhadra where Lord Shiva manifests in 9 different forms.

Jogulamba Temple, considered one of the 18 Shaktipeetas in India attracts thousands of visitors each day. Alampur is considered historically as an important centre of the Chalukyas. Goddess Jogulamba is seen her as Shakti in her “Roudra avatar”. Alampur is also the site where the historical Sangameshwara temple was relocated after its submergence by the backwaters of Srisailam dam.

HOW TO REACH : Alampur, is located approximately 220 km from Hyderabad and easily accessible through Hyderabad-Bangalore highway. Alampur road is the nearest railway station located at a distance of nearly 9 km.

Srirangapur

srirangapur Srirangapur located near Wanaparthy is home to Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple built in 18th century A.D. It was built by Sri Krishnadeva Raya close to Rama Pushpakarni Lake.

Pillalamarri

pillalamarri Pillalamarri is an age-old tree and is located around 3 Kilometers from the Mahaboobnagar District head quarters. The place is at a distance of about 90 Kilometers away from Hyderabad. Nature never gets exhausted while showing its creativity. And a human never gets exhausted exploring the wonders and marveling the creations of this maverick magician. Nature has always tried to surprise humans with marvelous creations, and it continues to do so. The great Banyan trees called Pillalamarri is one such artistry stoke of Mother Nature. The tree attracts many people. It is approximately 700 years old. It earned its name Pillalamarri because it is spread into a lot of branches. Because of the scores of branches, one cannot see the main trunk of the tree. The country is home for three great Banyan Trees and Pillalamarri is one among them.

The tree stands is a special attraction for the visitors touring the Mahaboobnagar district. Keeping the increased popularity in mind, the tourism department has set up a small exhibition centre here. Many statues and sculptures are exhibited in the exhibition. The place also has a spiritual significance as an ancient ShivaTemple which was submerged under the Srisailam Project has been relocated here. Other attraction here is the mini zoo with animal parks and bird park.

HOW TO REACH : Pillalamarri can be reached by road, at a distance of 6 km from Mahabubnagar town.Mahabubnagr can be reached by road and rail from Hyderabad, nearly 100 km away.

Kollapur

kollapur The renowned Madhava Swamy temple at Kollapur, constructed by Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century A.D. is located near River Krishna, at Manchalakatta.

Someswara Swamy Temple

someswaratemple Chaya Someswara Swamy Temple is located in Panagal village, Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. This temple was built during 11th&12th centuries by the Ikshvaku family. The temple got the name as it is believed that there is an everlasting shadow on Lord Shiva’s Lingam in the main temple, all day. The Chaya Someshwara Swamy Aalayam in the Nalgonda district is an epitome of beauty, arts and spectacle. The temple got its name from its mystifying shadow or Chaya. This amazing temple, engineered by the Kunduru Cholas is accepted as Thrikutalayam. It testifies the fantastic creative thinking and flair of its architects.

One of the temple’s Garbhagudis, in the west and facing east, of the Thrikutalayam always witnessesa shadow and this mystery attracts thousands of visitors to this Temple.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HOW TO REACH : Chaya Someswara Swamy temple, Panagal is located at a distance of nearly 4 km from the district headquarters of Nalgonda.

Gadwal Fort

gadwalfort Mahabubnagar district in Telangana is referred to as territorial district, because it had many territorial rulers than any other place in the state. Gadwal is a famous place among these and was called ‘Vidvadgadwala’ historically.

The then ruler and strongman of Gadwal called Peda Soma Bhupaludu (Somanadri) constructed this fort during 17th Century. To this day, the huge walls used for construction of the fort and the moats make Gadwal Fort really strong and impregnable.

Today after three centuries, it remains intact. The fort precincts are home to deity Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Sri Ramalayam, Sri Venugopala Swamy temple, and a water body. The ruler Pedda Soma Bhupala had defeated the Nawab of Kurnool then and brought a 32-feet long Cannon as a symbol of victory, which is the biggest in India and is still seen in the fort. The government has taken many steps to restore the heritage of Gadwal fort. It is located near Gadwal town, between Hyderabad and Kurnool at a distance of 16 km from Erravelli Junction on Bangalore-Hyderabad NH 7.

HOW TO REACH : Gadwal fort is located close to Gadwal town, situated nearly 185 km from the capital city of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road and rail transport.

Jetprolu

jetprolu Situated at a distance of nine kms from Kollapur & 158 kms from Mahabubnagar town, this place is well known for the Agasthyesvara Swamy temple. Another temple located15 kms from Kollapur is the Madana Gopala Swamy temple that is richly adorned with beautiful sculpture. They were built in 16th century AD.

Jurala Dam

juraladam The Jurala project, which is also known as the Priyadarshini Project is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Kurvapur village in the Mahabubnagar district of Telangana. Laid over the Krishna River, the Reservoir is at a level of 1045 feet. This power project which has a capacity of 11.94 TMC, was inaugurated in the year 1995. At the site, the water from the Kuravpur Kshetra River joins into the waters of this project.

The place Jurala is located at a distance of about 60 kilometers away from Mahabubnagar town in between the Atmakur and Gadwal towns. You can reach the Jurala Dam by boarding a train from Gadwall and from there you will have to travel 20 kilometers to reach the project. The River Krishna enters Telangana through Mahabubnagar district.

This is the only Hydroelectric Project in Telangana which has water throughout the year, and this reason makes the dam nationally important and tourists, especially from Karnataka and Maharashtra, visit this place.

Apart from the dam which pours out with life throughout the year, there is a Deer Park at a distance of about 1½ kilometer from the reservoir. The park has about 100 deers. Adding a hint of spirituality to the place are the Ramalayam and Parthasaradhi Temple near the Jurala Dam. The Dam has many local tourists visiting around the year.

HOW TO REACH : Jurala Dam is located at a distance of nearly 166 km from Hyderabad, around 15 km from Gadwal town. It is well accessible by road.

Koilsagar Dam

koilsagardam The Koilsagar Dam is located in Koilsagar Village of the Deverakadra Mandal in the Mahabubnagar District of Telangana. Swelling with water, the Koilsagar Dam is one of the most preferred tourist attractions of Mahabubnagar.

The Koilsagar Dam is a medium sized irrigation project which was constructed at a cost of Rs 80 crores during the glorious period of the Nizams during 1945-48. The British rulers had proposed the idea of constructing a dam to collect and store the excess water in region at the catchment area of the River Krishna for irrigation purposes. The first stone of foundation for the project was laid in the year 1947 soon after the country got Independence. The Koilsagar Dam’s construction was completed in 1954 and it was inaugurated by the honourable Agricultural Minister of India, Shri K. M. Kharju.

This project is located at about 12 Kilometers from Devarakadra Mandal headquarters between the districts Mahaboobnagar and Raichur. The Koilsagar project was constructed to serve the irrigation needs up to about 12 thousand acres. This dam can be called a beauty with a purpose, as it is constructed in a very picturesque location in between two mountains on the Peddavagu River. Near the project is a beautiful guest house which opens up to a beautiful view of the project.

The Koilsagar Dam, which is about 8 kilometers from the Koil konda village, stretches its power across the Peddavagu River, which is a minor tributary of the River Krishna. We can find some elegantly curved hills on the western stretch, making it a perfect tourist spot.

HOW TO REACH : It is located nearly 12 Kms from the of Mandal head quarters Deverakadra on Mahaboobnagar to Raichur road. It is accessible by road from Hyderabad, located nearly 134 km away.

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Adilabad

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Adilabad is a town and district headquarters for Adilabad district of Telangana state, India. It is the northernmost district of Telangana and connects the region with Central and North India.

It is located at a distance of 290 km from capital city of Hyderabad and records some of the extreme temperatures in South India. Adilabad offers tourists a holistic experience with its historical temples, monuments and breathtaking waterfalls. The highest waterfalls in Telangana, Kuntala Waterfalls is situated close to the Sahyadri mountain ranges. Pochera waterfalls is situated in thick forest where river Godavari descends from a height of 20 m.

Basar Saraswathi Temple, situated on the banks of Godavari River, is a prominent temple in Adilabad and is one among the two temples in India dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and sciences.Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is situated amidst dense forests, a perfect setting for wild animals and plants. Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction in Adilabad district.

Nirmal Fort

nirmlafort Nirmal is a prominent town in Adilabad district and the ancient history of the town has glorious past due to patronization of arts and culture by ruling nobility. The region was ruled by Kakatiyas, Chalukyas, The Qutubshahis and Nizams who have contributed immensely to the growth of cultural heritage.

This legacy of the heritage is seen in the town where the French established a strong presence by building a magnificent fort, which stands majestically till date. The French who were reportedly very much fascinated by scenic beauty of Mother Nature here built the Nirmal fort which is also called as the Shamgarh fort. Recently the tourist department has provided amenities for tourists such as a cleaner pathway, cafeteria, drinking water facility and some landscaping works inside the fort. Nearby Battisgarh, which has 170 steps, leading to the fort on the hillock has been renovated while the tank close to the fort and old cannons were restored.

Nirmal is about 50 km from Mancherial and 280 km north of Hyderabad. Nirmal is renowned for wooden toy industry and Nirmal Plates that depict miniature paintings and floral design. Nirmal is located very close to the arterial Hyderabad-Nagpur National Highway.

HOW TO REACH : Nirmal fort is located close to Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Telangana. It is accessible by road from Hyderabad, nearly 195 km away.

Dokra Metal Crafts

dokrametalcrafts Dokra Metal craft is quite popular in the tribal regions of Telangana. Dhokra or Dokra also known as bell metal craft is a tribal metal craft widely seen in Jainoor Mandal, Adilabad District of Telangana. In Adilabad district, places like Ushegaon and Chittalbori are the main contributors of this art.

What catches your eye in this beautiful craft is that each piece is different from the other. The craft produces objects like figurines, tribal gods, etc. This work has good demand both in the domestic and international market due to its aesthetic look and primitive simplicity. The work consists of folk motifs, peacocks, elephants, horses, measuring bowl, lamp caskets and other simple art forms and traditional designs. The Dokra artifacts are made in brass and are unique in that the pieces do not have any joints. The method is by combining metallurgical skills with wax techniques employing the lost wax technique, a unique form where mould is used only once and broken, making this art the only one-of-its-kind in the world. There are many families in Adilabad district dedicated to this ancestral craft, which is a labor-intensive work.

Nirmal Arts

nirmalarts Nirmal Arts Nirmal town of Adilabad district is known for its varied range of handicrafts. The amazing skill of the craftsmen make the works appear authentic with their dazzling use of colors accompanied with traditional techniques of creating masterpieces. Adding to the authenticity of the Nirmal works is the use of natural dyes.

Nirmal is world famous for oil paintings depicting themes from the epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. Exhibited in the form of wood paintings and other wooden articles, Nirmal artwork accompanies aesthetic expressions. The talent of the Nirmal artists in synthesizing Indian and Moghul schools of art is definitely worthy of admiration. The origin of the Nirmal craft is traced back to the Kakatiya era. The motifs used for Nirmal craft are floral designs and frescoes from the regions of Ajanta and Ellora and Mughal miniatures. In addition to wall hangings, Nirmal craftsmen create beautiful lacquered furniture, pictures, trays, toys, bowls, boxes and large screens.

A range of utilitarian and decorative articles are also made using Nirmal style. Nirmal toys consists of an herbal extract, which imparts them a golden sheen. Nirmal toys are embellished with rich and exclusive oil colours.

Kawal wildlife sanctuary

kawalwildlife Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the important wildlife sanctuaries in Telangana. The Kawal sanctuary houses various animals and several varieties of flora and fauna are seen here. If you want to get a glimpse of wild animals in their natural habitat, then, the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is a must see place.

This Wildlife Sanctuary gives you a picturesque view of retreat. Every corner of this sanctuary is filled with adventure and thrill. Thousands of tourists visit this secluded animal kingdom to experience the thrills amidst wild beasts of the region. This sanctuary is located in the Adilabad district which is 50 kilometers from Mancherial and 250 kilometers from Hyderabad. The wildlife sanctuary is a dry and dense forest with teak, bamboo and many other varieties of trees. During summer, the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary witnesses hot and dry climate. But the monsoon season that commences from June and continues till September adds life to the forest and makes it bliss. Winter is the perfect season to visit the sanctuary.

The sanctuary houses several species animals including Cheetal, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Panther and Tiger. Tourists can also find reptiles like Crocodile, Python, Monitor Lizard, Star Tortoise and Cobra, in this wildlife sanctuary. This tourist spot also provides jeep safaris, and bird watching trips to spot several rare animals in their habitat.

HOW TO REACH : Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad district lies at a distance of nearly 50 km from Mancherial and 260 km from Hyderabad.

Pranahita wildlife sanctuary

pranahita Pranahita is an important dry deciduous type of forest. The Pranahita River, a tributary of river Godavari flows through this beautiful sanctuary adding a mystic touch to its exotic beauty. It is a hilly and rising and falling forest with patches of plateau and grassland. Situated on the banks of Pranahita, the prehistoric rock formation of this place makes it more interesting to visit. This Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Adilabad district of Telangana, in the extremely scenic landscape of the Deccan plateau. The Pranahita wildlife sanctuary covers an area of about 136sq.kms and is full of lush and dark teak forests. The river Pranahita carves its way in to this amazing sanctuary making it even more beautiful.

Flora :
This sanctuary is rich in natural vegetation and different types of plants and trees can be found here including dalbergia paniculata, pterocarpus marsupium, ficus spp, dalbergia latifolia, dalbergia sissoo etc.

Fauna :
The Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat for various types of wild species especially mammals including leopards, rhesus, tigers, langurs, hyenas, sloth bear, wild dogs, forest cat and many more. Best time to visit the Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary is between October to March.

HOW TO REACH : This sanctuary is located on the banks of Pranahita River, nearly 35 km away from Mancherial town and is accessible by road.

Kuntala water falls

kuntala Around 261 kms from Hyderabad, is a very beautiful waterfall in the Adilabad district of Telangana. After reaching Nirmal you will have to travel a stretch of 10 Km of ghat road which provides you a thrilling experience through dense forest. If you love long and adventurous rides, this road is a must try.

After travelling around 30 Km you will reach a village called Neredikonda. A right turn into a small road just after this village, takes you to your destination. One has to be a little conscious here as there is no sign board that directs to the waterfalls. After driving straight for around 10 Km, cutting your way through lush green fields, and a dense forest, your eyes will open up to heaven on earth. The place is hidden from the noisy external world and offers you the best of nature. It is covered with valleys, dense forest, and chirping birds. After entering the area, you will have to walk around half a kilometer and you will reach a place where you find a series of 408 steps down to the waterfalls. 408! But a little effort may heal your heart. And then, you gaze at the amazing waterfalls. One simply falls short of words to describe this untouched beauty. To add adventure, you can enjoy trekking though big boulders to reach the footsteps of the waterfalls. The water gushes through rocks making its own path from a height of 200 feet and splits in to multiple streams. While there are many such scenic waterfalls, this one is just so amazing and very accessible. Climbing up further to reach to top of falls may seem as a good idea, but one has to be very careful as it is too steep and very risky.

HOW TO REACH : Kuntala waterfalls is located at a distance of 270 km from Hyderabad and 42km from Nirmal town and is accessible by road.

Pochera waterfalls

pochera At a distance of 37 kms from the famous Nirmal town, you will find this enthralling waterfall. This beautiful waterfall is the deepest of all the waterfalls in Telangana. This is also a caution to people who wish to take a dip in it. The location is very secluded and surrounded by picturesque locations and scenic environment. The waterfall has great width and height to make it the deepest in Telangana. The fall is 20 meter high and flows down with a great force, and the falls are categorized as plunge waterfalls. The holy river Godavari flows through the Sahyadri mountain range and on their way, the river breaks into small streams. Some of these streams escape from their path and meet at a point and become the source for the Pochera falls which falls from a 20 meters high point. The bed is much deeper and has the capacity to hold a very huge quantity of water. We can hear water roaring at a high pitch, exhibiting the power of nature. This place may scare you during night with only the moon lighting it up. The waterfall which is extremely beautiful and very scary at the same time is one of its kinds in the entire state and is rarely found in the country.

The bed of the waterfall is made of hard Granite. This hard material holds the strong falls with elasticity and gravity. The lush green forest around the waterfall makes it a natural habitat for reptiles, bird species, and many insects. This falls serves as a good adventurous location. The greenery around the location is very appealing and is untouched by the urbanization. Adding spiritual touch to the beautiful location is the Narsimha swamy temple located near the waterfall.

HOW TO REACH : Pochera Waterfalls is located at a distance of nearly 37 km from Nirmal town, 47 km from Adilabad town and 7 km from Boath and accessible by road.

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Nalgonda

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Nalgonda District is located in the Telangana state of India. Nalgonda was earlier called Neelagiri by Rajput rulers and the name was finally changed to Nallagonda after its conquest by Bahamani king.

There are many places of tourist attractions. Yadagiri Gutta, a revered pilgrimage in Nalgonda is situated near Bhuvanagiri Town. It is located close to the capital city of Hyderabad. The temple draws huge crowds during festivals and weekends and is an abode of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

The district shares Nagarjunasagar dam along with AP. The largest masonry dam in the world, it consists of 26 gates and a Hydroelectric plant. The tourism department of Telangana offers excellent boating facilities in the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar dam. Bhuvanagiri Fort built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya gives a bird’s eye view of a vast area. PillalaMarri is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is considered 1000 years old. It is also the birthplace of the famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu.

Sri Jain Mandir at Kolanupaka village, near Aler town is a 2000-year old temple consisting of three holy idols of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahaveera and Theerthankaras. Nandikonda is a small village on the banks of the river Krishna with several Buddhist structures and pillared halls and is home to a renowned museum of the Archaeological Survey of India. Panagal has several ancient temples built during the reign of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings.

Chaya Someswara swamy Temple is located in Panagal village, Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. This temple was built during 11th & 12th centuries by the Ikshvaku family. The temple got the name, as it is believed that there is an everlasting shadow on Lord Shiva’s Lingam in the main temple, all day.

Mellacheruvu is a small village in the Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. Mellacheruvu still carries the imprint of the prosperous Kakatiya dynasty and its renowned architecture. One such grand testimonial depicting the skill of the Kakatiyan artisans is the temple of Swayambhu Sambhulingeswara Swami. This temple manifested the dynasty’s royalty, richness and gratitude towards the Lord Shiva. It is also one of the most celebrated temples of Telangana.

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Rangareddy

Rangareddy District, formerly known as K. V. Ranga Reddy District and Hyderabad (Rural) District, is the most populous district in the state of Telangana. The district encircles the city and district and also the city of Hyderabad serving as the administrative center.

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

ananthatemple One of the Hindu temples called the Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple is located in the beautiful hilly region of the Ananthagiri hills in Vikarabad, Rangareddy district of Telangana, India. This temple on Ananthagiri hills is dedicated to worship Lord Vishnu. Sri Nalapur Sitaram is the head priest of this temple. According to Hindu Mythology, Skanda Purana, it is believed that this Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple was constructed by the rishi Markandeya in the dwapara yuga on Ananthagiri hills.

The rishi Markandeya came here for yoga sadhana every day because the splendid and pleasant atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills attracted him. After his Yoga and meditation, Rishi Markandeya used to go to Kasi to take a holy bath in the river Ganges through a cave. During the dwadasi season, Markandeya couldn’t make it to Kasi in the early hours of the day. He was very upset with this and after seeing the rishi’s concerns, Lord Vishnu himself appeared in Markandeya’s dreams and arranged water from the river Ganges for the rishi’s bath. Markandeya was blessed to take a permanent place in the world as a river by lord Krishna who disguised himself as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. This river which is now popularly known as the river Moosi flows through Hyderabad. Markandeya initially took dharshanam of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and converted a charka into Swamy. It is said that for the past four hundred years the Nizam Nawabs visited Ananthagiri hills for its peaceful atmosphere and would rest there. The main temple of Lord Padmanabha Swamy was built by the Hyderabad Nawab as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy appeared in his dreams and asked him to build a temple for him. This temple is situated in the village of Ananthagiri at a distance of seventy-five kilometers from Hyderabad and five kilometers from Vikarabad. There are regular private transport operators and frequent buses between Vikarabad and Ananthagiri hills.

HOW TO REACH : Located nearly 85 km away from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri hills is well accessible by road transport.

Karmanghat Hanuman Temple

karmanghattemple The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is a very popular temple located at Karmanghat, on the way to Sagar road. This temple, dedicated to the Pawan Putra Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Lord Shri Ram is one of the oldest temples in the state capital, Hyderabad.

History of the Karmanghat Hanuman Temple:

This famous temple in Karmanghat was constructed in the 12th century A.D. according to the legend, when a Kakatiya ruler who was hunting after some time in the forest, felt tired and sat down to take rest under a tree. While resting, the king heard someone chanting the name of Lord Rama, the king got interested and went around trying to find who it was and as he walked further deep into the forest, he discovered an idol of Lord Hanuman. The stone idol was in a sitting posture and the voice was coming from within the vigraham. Having paid his respects, the humble king returned to his capital, and that very night, Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream and asked the king to construct a temple.

The Karmanghat Temple was constructed immediately and the succeeding kings of the Kakatiya dynasty ruled it well. Some 400 years later, Aurangzeb had ordered his armies to each and every corner of the country to destroy all Hindus temples. At this temple, Aurangazeb’s mighty armies could not even enter near the compound wall. After learning this, Aurangzeb, himself went there to wipe out the temple with a with a crow bar in his hand. When he reached the temple premises, he heard a deafening roar rumbling and the instrument slipped from his hands as fear overwhelmed him. Then he heard a thundering voice from the heavens saying Mandir todna hai raja, to kar maan ghat” which means, oh king, if you want to destroy this temple, then make your heart strong. The place got its name kar-man-ghat, after the voice from the heavens. And to this day, the main deity Lord Anjaneya sits in the temple peacefully meditating and bestows his blessing to his devotees, as Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
Monday-Sunday 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 04:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Tuesday 05:30 AM – 01:00PM, 04:30 PM – 09:00PM

HOW TO REACH : It is located at a distance of nearly 12 kms from Mahatma Gandhi bus terminal of Hyderabad and well accessible by road.

Keesaragutta Temple

keesaraguttatemple The Keesaragutta Temple is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Goddesses Bhavani and Sivadurga. The temple takes its seat at Keesaragutta in the Rangareddy district. The town is about 40 kilometers from Hyderabad and 10 kilometers from ECIL. The temple takes its authority on a small hill. It attracts scores of devotees on the day of Shivaratri.

History of Keesaragutta Temple:

Legend has it that Lord Sri Rama installed the Siva lingam in the revered shrine of Keesaragutta to atone for the sin of killing Ravanasura. Lord Rama chose this lovely valley with green pastures surrounded by magnificent hills and ordered Hanuman to bring the Sivalingam all the way from Varanasi, but Hanuman could not arrive on time and as the auspicious hour was approaching, the Lord Siva himself appeared before Rama and presented him a Sivalingam for installation. For this reason, the Shiva lingam in this temple is called Swayambhu Linga. The lingam is also called Ramalingeswara as it was installed by Lord Sri Rama.

Hanuman came with 101 lingams for choice from Varanasi and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. Thus, he threw all over the area. Even to this day, many lingams are also found scattered outside the temple.

HOW TO REACH : Keesaragutta temple is located nearly 35 km from Hyderabad city and can be reached through road from ECIL ‘X’ Road.

Sanghi Temple

sanghitemple The Sanghi temple is one of the most famous temples in Hyderabad. It is a very beautiful temple done in marble and the management has given a lot of importance to the environment. You can see this first hand as there are many trees and vegetation in and around the temple. Many Telugu films have been shot in this temple.

The stretch of the road to reach the temple is quiet good with a neatly laid two lane black tar road along the way with trees paving the path. The road to Sanghi gives an impression of a ghat road. And when you go further, a Hanuman Temple welcomes you. After the darshan, you can look on to a beautiful view of the city from the hilltop. The main deity here is Venkateshwara Swamy. The temple also houses Padmavati Devi. There are Navagrahas in the temple premises.

This enchanting Temple is located in Sanghi Nagar, some 25 kilometers from Hyderabad. It takes its position on a hillock known as the Paramananda Giri. The Raja Gopuram is 15 feet tall, and can be seen from several kilometers away. A little further in the premises, a long flight of carpet covered steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The first thing that catches your eye is the heavy, beautifully carved door that forms the main entrance. The majestic temple is built in the flawless Chola-Chalukya style of architecture. You can find three Gopurams at the foot of the hillock, which stand tall as if entering into the heavens.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
08:30 AM – 10:30 AM
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM

HOW TO REACH : The temple is located 35 km from Hyderabad, near Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway and well accessible by road.

Chilkur Balaji Temple

chilkurbalajitemple Our country is an incredible land, and a home for amazing cultural integration. People in India are briskly embracing technology, but deep inside, they are still rooted to their faith in god. Indians, of all age groups embark on a path of spiritual journey in the name of God and faith. One such temple standing high is the Chilkur Balaji Temple. The amazing deity of this temple is also known as VISA God. This name comes as a surprise for many but some people come to the temple with a belief that Chilkur Balaji is very powerful in helping people secure foreign VISAs.

This temple is located on the outskirts of the state capital, on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake. The temple is definitely an epicenter of a great deal of spiritual energy. According to the history of this temple, almost all the IT professionals who visit the temple had received an opportunity to fly abroad within a year. The faith here is that if a you make a wish after 11 pradakshanas, then that wish comes true. And once the wish comes true, you will have to come back to do 108 pradakshanas around the entire temple.

Even the popular Wall Street Journal, amused with the belief, has written a full article on this temple. People from all sects visit this temple in hope of getting their wishes fulfilled. Another notable aspect of this temple is that it is one of the very few temples in the country, which does not accept any monetary donations in the Hundi. The management believes that the only fee the lord asks the devotees to make pradakshanas around the temple. It is a matter of sheer pride that our nation holds such rich heritage where beliefs and faiths in good are passed on from one generation to the other with or without any scriptures.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : Monday-Sunday
05:00am – 8:00pm

HOW TO REACH : Chilkur Balaji temple, located approximately 25 km from Hyderabad is accessible through road enroute Mehdipatnam.

Ananthagiri Hills

ananthagirihills Ananthagiri Hills is located 10 km from Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India. The hills are the main water source for Osmansagar and Himayathsagar. It is considered as one of the dense forests in Telangana region. Ananthagiri has a famous temple located in this forested region, which is also the birthplace of Musi River. It is situated at a distance of about 90 km from Hyderabad City and a popular destination for trekking and for those who love adventure. It is also considered one of the earliest human habitat areas in South India. Ancient caves, medieval fort like structures and ancient temple shows the history of the area.

It is a much sought after place, which is covered, by red soil and ideal for some adventure sports. Visitors rate it as one of most beautiful places for a weekend get away from Hyderabad. The road is in good condition, which takes you into the dense forests with beautiful trees and streams all along the way. Near the lighthouse if you take a 2 km diversion, you can reach the topmost point in the Vikarabad region, which offers an excellent view point. A trip to Vikarabad on a cloudy day with a little drizzle is simply an unforgettable experience and it is a poor man’s Ooty in summer.

For accommodation in Ananthagiri hills you can choose Hairtha Resort at Ananthagiri Hills which has a tariff of INR1500 per day and the second option is Deccan Trails. Haritha valley resort operates a restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. The small reservoir, the lush green jungle, the jungle trail are all an added attraction to this place covered by thick vegetation, small rivulets and beautiful streams with fresh water.

HOW TO REACH : Ananthagiri hills is easily accessible road, located nearly 90 km away from Hyderabad.

Ramoji Film City

ramojifilmcity If you think nature is invincible, then so is Mother Nature’s creation! Situated at around 25 Kilometers from Hyderabad, the man made beauty, Ramoji Film City is spread over 2000 acres. It is a theme park created for film shootings. The place is a splendor and a popular family getaway. It also serves as the perfect destination for corporate events and lavish weddings. The dramatic film city is a best option if you want to spend a fun day with a number of rides and recreational activities. It also has two places, Tara and Sitara for the guests to stay in.

The film city puts offers a kaleidoscope of attractions. Some of the major attractions of the spectacular film city are Sun Fountain, Japanese Garden, Angel’s Fountain, Jail, Princess Street, Eureka, Airport, Railway Station, Action, Temple, Gardens, Ramoji Tower, Film World. Many films have been made in the film city and several filmmakers say that you can walk in with a plain script and complete a great movie here.

There is a stunt show and a technical show, in which blue screen is used to how the technicalities involved in filmmaking. This film city is counted as the world’s largest, most comprehensive and professionally planned package for film production. The management offers a wide variety of getaway packages, which makes it a perfect holiday for you to refresh and recharge. The daily tour around the film city begins at the Eureka, where you will find a heavenly mix of both Oriental as well as the Western culture. Adding fun to the visit are the stunt shows loaded with action and some colorful dance programs. The whole atmosphere is filled with gaiety. At Eureka you can also see the Moghul Gardens and if you go a little further you will find the Hawa Mahal. The film city is a world of fantasy and adding to its beauty is the wings bird park. Another feature that is a hit with people from all walks of life is the Ramoji Tower. The tower offers a fabulous aerial view of the film city. It also gives you a one-of-its-kind experience of 4D virtual reality.

HOW TO REACH : Ramoji film city is located nearly 35 km from Hyderabad city in Hayathnagar mandal and accessible easily through road by Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway.

Osman Sagar Lake

osmansagarlake Osmansagar, also called Gandipet, is an excellent picnic spot located on outskirts of Hyderabad. Osmansagar is among the two lakes located on the city’s periphery region supplying drinking water to the city. Osmansagar is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad. The lake is a man made reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Isa, a tributary of Musi River. The lake has an abutting bund with lush gardens, which provide an ideal ambience for an outing. The lake also houses a heritage building, Sagar Mahal, which was built as a resort by the Hyderabad Nizam and has been transformed into a lake resort by the department of Tourism.

Irrespective of whether it is summer or winter, the place is always crowded with streaming visitors. Mir Osman Ali Khan created this water body as part of the damming project of the river Musi in the year 1920. The idea was to supply drinking water for Hyderabad city. The lake spreads over an area of 46 sq.km and is the chief drinking water source for the twin cities.

Gandipet is a much sought after picnic spot for the people of Hyderabad and has been developed as a public recreation spot with landscaped gardens and swimming pool. Gandipet Lake beckons holidaymakers all over the year from all corners of twin cities. Tourists visiting Gandipet feel pleasant to see a vast stretch of placid water shimmering golden under the morning sun. The cool breeze and soothing ambience adds to the serene environment. Sprawling gardens with colorful flora, the vegetation and trees towards the dam’s lower sides makes the place truly picturesque. The lake also offers boating facilities to the visitors looking forward to a pleasant ride. People come along with family and friends for spending an entire day for having fun. There are snacks and drinks available at the local cafeteria. After a good monsoon, the reservoir is replenished and fills to the brim, which is again a breathtaking sight.

TIMINGS : Monday – Friday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Saturday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Sunday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Public Holidays : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM

HOW TO REACH : Osman Sagar Lake is accessible by road at a distance of nearly 30 km from Hyderabad.

Mrugavani National Park

mrugavaninationalpark The present day world has created its orbit around technology and modernism. The modern way of living has extensive demands and more and more of our Earth’s space and resources is what is at stake for. One can observe that national parks have eventually become the last sights of refuge for most indigenous species of animals as well as plants around the globe. Even governments of several countries have now become conscious of the importance of preserving these last species in wildlife sanctuaries.

The Mrugavani National Park in the state capital is an example of a beautiful national park turned major tourist attraction. What is most exciting is that in a land layered with exotic and immense natural resources like in India, it sure is a great achievement. The Mrugavani National Park, located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, is at a distance of about 25 kms from Hyderabad. The National Park is spread over 3.5 sq kms of pure, untamed land. The Indian government announced it a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1994 and since then, the park has been home to some 600 species of plants and animals. Like in the case of most national parks, even the Mrugavani national park has had least human intervention and interaction in order to make sure that all the precious creatures remain undisturbed in their cozy natural habitat.

We can see that the park has a topography made up of several rocky exposures that are characteristic of Deccan formation. The fauna of the wildlife sanctuary is as varied as they come. Foxes, black-naped hares, Wild boars, as well as Indian vipers are the most striking species for the curious traveler.

TIMINGS : All days of the week
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

HOW TO REACH : Mrugavani National park is accessible by road and located at a distance of nearly 20 km from Hyderabad enroute Chilkur, close to Nehru Outer Ring Road.

Vikarabad Adventure

Vikarabad is a charming place where one can derive pleasure in trekking. In fact, it is one of the favourite trekking spots for people who crave for adventure close to Hyderabad city. This place is covered with red soil, containing a mixture of rock and loose soil; therefore, it is a thrilling place for Rappelling and Rock Climbing.

There are two different trails for the people coming here to have an adrenaline rush. The forest is an ideal place even for beginners. Vikarabad is surrounded by many small hills, making it convenient for trekking and apart from this; one can also enjoy some wild adventures in the Vikarabad forest. Tourists enjoy forest trails by traversing some of the interior regions of the forest where they enjoy photographing the panoramic views and wildlife, fresh water streams and the verdant greenery.

HOW TO REACH : Vikarabad is easily accessible by road, located nearly 85 km away from Hyderabad.

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Khammam

The name Khammam has been derived from the name of a local hill by the name Stambhadri that is home to an ancient temple of Narasimha Swamy and also believed to have been in existence since Treta Yuga. The name of the town, Stambhadri, later reportedly became Kambhadri, Kambham mettu, and finally, Khammam, which is now the district headquarters. The town is located close to the river Munneru a tributary of the Krishna River. Khammam district is of immense historical importance in Telangana.

In 1959 Bhadrachalam Revenue Division of East Godavari region was merged into Khammam due to geographical contiguity and administrative viability. There is an annual festival held in Khammam in remembrance of the old name called “Stambhadri”.

The district shares boundaries with the states of AP and Chattisgarh. Khammam Fort, that was constructed in 950 AD by the Kakatiya rulers stands majestically atop a hill, overlooking the town of Khammam town. Khammam Fort represents a union of both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences. Iy also recently celebrated 1000 years of its construction. Khammam district is rich in coal deposits and forest reserves. There are many places of interests in Khammam such as Nelakondapalli, Bhadrachalam, Kusumanchi etc.

Bhadrachalam

badrachalamtemple Bhadrachalam is a key town of Pilgrimage importance located in the Khammam District of Telangana. The temple town of Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of Godavari River. It was part of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh till 1959. The town is synonymous for its famous temple devoted to Lord Rama. Bhadrachalam Revenue division is considered one of the largest revenue divisions in the country, which was transferred to Khammam district of Telangana region for administrative purposes.

According to history, Paleolithic man had roamed the areas, which is called the lower Godavari valley that includes Bhadrachalam and its surroundings. Bhadrachalam town has a clearly documented history of Lord Sri Rama temple, which was constructed in the 17th Century CE. According to Mythology, the present town was once part of the Dandakaranya forest, which Lord Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana had visited during their exile also called vanavasam according to local parlance. The jungle which is now in the vicinity of temple was the place for Rama’s retreat and a place called Parnasala which is 32 km away was the location where Rama had built a dwelling for himself and Sita. It was here that Sita was abducted by Lanka ruler, Ravana.

The town shares its historical significance with Ramayana Era. The name Bhadrachalam is derived from the word Bhadragiri (The Mountain Abode of Bhadra, the child of Meru and Menaka). The famous temple at Bhadrachalam is home to the Archa Murthy’s of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana and their idols are believed to be swayambhu i.e. self-manifested ones.

Bhadrachalam division also has several other Hindu temples. Parnasala is believed to be the spot where Rama constructed a hermitage during his exile and spent time with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. Agastya muni helped Rama select this spot. For the purpose of tourists, there is picturesque display of few scenes from vanavasa at Parnasala. Pilgrims enthrall when they see the footprints of Sita devi, the mosaic of Maarecha who appears in the guise of golden deer and Ravana who appears in the form of Sanyasi for Bhikshatana. One can see Sita Vaagu where Sita had bathed and gathered turmeric and Kunkum from the nearby stones. Yetapaka located 2 km from Bhadrachalam has a history where the bird Jatayuvu, an ardent devotee of Rama tried to obstruct Ravana when he was proceeding on a chariot after kidnapping Sita. A fierce batted ensued and a wing of the bird was believed to have found at Rekkapalli.

Rama is worshipped as Atmarama here at Dummugudem where according to Purana, Rama killed around 14,000 demons belonging to Khara and Dushana. The place is called Dummugudem as it was built on the ashes of these demons. At Gundala, located 5 km away from Bhadrachalam, once can see hot water springs after digging a pit on the riverbank and it is said that the divine trio of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara dipped in the holy water here during winter season. There are other places too like Sree Rama Giri, Venkatreddipeta, Gannavaram etc. The temple town witnesses heavy influx of pilgrims during Sree Rama Kalyanam. Kothagudem, 40 kilometers away is the nearest railway station and regular buses are available from here, Khammam, Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
4:30 AM – 1:00 PM
3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
(Closed from 5.30 AM – 7 PM, 11.30 AM – Noon and 6 PM – 6.30 PM)

HOW TO REACH : Telangana Tourism organizes package tour to Bhadrachalam from Hyderabad, located approximately 320 km away. Kothagudem, 40 kilometers away is the nearest railway station and regular buses ply to this temple town from Khammam and Hyderabad.

Jamalapuram

jamalapuramtemple Jamalapuram is a small village situated close to Yerrupalem town of Khammam district, Telangana, India. The village has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Here Lord Venkateswara is manifested in the form of Swayam Bhoo. The temple also boasts of Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Sivalayam, Ganesh Temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple, Sri Alivelu Amma vari Temple and Ayyappa Swamy Temple. The temple’s location amidst pleasant weather surrounded by lush green hills is an added attraction.

The temple was renovated by Vijayanagara Emperor Sri Krishna Devarayalu and is also called Khammam Chinna Tirupathi. This place also consists of the historical Suchi Gutta where it is believed that Jabali Maharshi earned Lord Venkateswara‘s blessings after penance. These days it is also called Telangana Chinna Tirupathi. The temple is situated at distance of 80 km from the district headquarters of Khammam while tourists coming from Vijawayda need to travel 141 kilometers. An ancient temple in a pleasant environment is one factor that has made the temple popular with tourists. The temple witnesses heavy flux of pilgrims during auspicious occasions and festivals.

HOW TO REACH : There are buses available from the district headquarters of Khammam to Jamalapuram, located approximately 79 km away.

Kinnerasani Dam

kinnerasanidam Kinnerasani River is an important tributary of the river Godavari. The scenic beauty created by the landscape along the Kinnerasani River is a panoramic one abutted by lush green landscape. The Kinnerasani project or the Dam is a storage reservoir constructed on the Kinnerasani River in the Godavari Basin at Yanamboil village of Palvoncha mandal. It was completed at a cost of Rs. 558.00 lakhs in 1966 and was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It provides irrigation facilities to the farmers and water to KTPS at Palvoncha for thermal power generation. The dam has a storage capacity of 233 Cu.M at the full reservoir level of 407 feet.

It is located in Khammam District of Telangana marked by dense forests and is surrounded by magnificent hills. The river flows its course through the Dandakaranya forest and the reservoir forms a 635 Sq. Kms. area teeming with wild life, also called Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary. The dam is located at a distance of 24 kms from Kothagudem and 12 Kms from Palvancha, the site of Kothagudem Thermal Power Station.

The forest department developed a deer park enroute the dam. The Kinnerasani sanctuary is a haven of exotic wildlife and tourists enjoy their visit here by spotting several animals in their natural habitat. The river dissects the Kinnerasani sanctuary and finally joins river Godavari. The sanctuary is a home for Cheetal, Chinkara, Wild Boars, Chousinghas, Sambar, Gaurs, Hyena, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Tigers Panthers, and Black Bucks. Peafowl, Quails, Partridges, Teals, Nuktas, Spoonbills Jungle Fowl, and Doves are the common birds spotted in this sanctuary created by the dam. Crocodiles also breed in the reservoir and the Kinnerasani Island. The Singareni Collieries management has constructed a Glass Rest House here that can be booked by tourists. Tourists can reach the dam by road from Hyderabad (288 km), Khammam (95 kms) and Vijyawada (165 kms). Kothagudem is the nearest railway station.

HOW TO REACH : The dam is located at a distance of 24 kms from Kothagudem and 12 Kms from Palvancha town and is accessible by road.

Kusumanchi

kusumanchi Kusumanchi is a sub division located in Khammam district, Telangana, India. Kusumanchi town is located on the way from Khammam and Suryapet. Kusumanchi is home to Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the two Siva temples built by the Kakatiya rulers during 12th and 13th centuries.

The temples stand as testimony to the architectural skills of the Kakatiya kings. The historical shrines have a striking resemblance to famous Ghanpur and Ramappa temples of Kakatiya period in the Warangal district. Ganapeshwaralayam attracts devotees from Warangal, Nalgonda and other neighboring districts during Sivaratri festival each year. Devotees throng the temple during Sravanamasam and other auspicious occasions especially during the Sivaratri jatara. The government is working towards renovating the Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteshwaralayam in consultation Department of Archaeology.

HOW TO REACH : Kusumanchi is situated on Khammam – Suryapet Road. Khammam is nearly 25 km away, while Suryapet is at a distance of nearly 39 km. Khammam is the nearest railway station.

Nelakondapalli

nelakondapalli Nelakondapalli is a town and a mandal headquarters in Khammam district, Telangana, India, located at a distance of 21 km from Khammam. Nelakondapalli is a historic site, which includes a mud fortification wall that covers 100 acres. Excavations by archaeologists have unearthed the foundations of viharas, cisterns, wells, one Mahastupa, terracotta idols, a bronze idol of Lord Buddha and a miniature stupa carved in limestone, and other historic materials from third and fourth centuries. Archaeological sites of historical importance dating back to the days of Mahabharata such as Virataraju Dibba and Keechaka Gundam are located within one and a half kilometer from Nelakondapalli. The relics, which were found at this place, strengthen the belief that it was a prominent place right from ancient times.

Nelakondapalli also has ancient temples like three Shiva temples as well as two Vaishnava temples. The Dusshera festival celebrations in Nelakondapalli attract devotees from other places. Nelakondapalli is also the birthplace of Kancharla Gopanna, popularly called Bhakta Ramadas. Bhakta Ramadas Memorial Building was constructed here at Sri Bhaktha Ramadasu’s birth place in 1955, which is now called Bhakta Ramadasu Dhyana Mandiram is run by Sri Seeteramachandra Swamy Devastanam, Bhadrachalam from 1983. Sri Ramanavami is celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Bhaktaramadas Dhyana Mandiram with arrangements made by Bhadrachalam Sri Rama temple and the local devotees. Annually, Sri Bhaktha Ramadas memorial festival is organised between 28th April and 2nd May. Nelakondapalli is located at a busy junction on the way from Khammam to Kodad and Kusumanchi. Tourists can use buses and cars from Nelakondapalli to nearby historical sites like Bodulabanda, Anantanagar, Aregudem and Kattukachavaram.

HOW TO REACH : Nelakondapalli can be reached by road from Khammam, which is nearly 20 km away. Khammam is connected to Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, located at a distance of approximately 195 km, through road and rail transport.

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Medak

Medak

Medak is a town located in the Medak District of Telangana State, India, situated at a distance of 104 km north of Hyderabad. The original name of Medak was Siddapuram, which was later called Gulshanabad, and now Medak.

Locals in Medak celebrate various festivals of Telangana, notably the festival of Bathukamma, a 9-day long worship of patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri. The goddess is worshipped in the form of the Bathukamma. Other notable festivals celebrated in Medak include Bonalu and Peerla Panduga, celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims.

There are many historical temples in Medak, which attract tourists such as Shri Saraswathi Kshetramu, near Ananthasagar, a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi, located in Telangana close to the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, is a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga Bhavani that has unique natural stone formations. Edupayalu means “seven streams”, as it is located near the spot where the Manjeera River splits into seven streams. Kasi Visweswara temple, Kotilingeshwara swamy temple and Joginatha temple are other popular destinations.

Methukudurgam fortress or Medak fort depicts the city’s prosperous times during the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty built during the reign of Kakatiya emperor Pratapa Rudra. The name Medak comes from the Telugu word methuku, which means “cooked rice grain.” The fortress is located strategically on top of a hill and has three main entrances that are each decorated with different sculptures. The town also has a renowned art museum.

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary named after the nearby Pocharam Lake. Medak Cathedral that falls under the Diocese of Medak is the single largest diocese in Asia. The district is home to medium irrigation projects, Manjeera and Singur reservoirs. Water from these reservoirs is supplied to Hyderabad city and also used for cultivation locally.

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Warangal

Warangal, also called Orugallu or Ekasila Nagaram in earlier times is the headquarters of Warangal district in Telangana. Warangal is at a distance of 145 km to the northeast of Hyderabad.

History

In historical times, Warangal was the capital of a Shaivaite kingdom that was ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from 12th to the 14th centuries. Its old name was Orugallu where Oru means one and Kallu means stone. The entire city was reportedly carved in a single rock, hence the name Orukallu that means one rock.

The Kakatiyas built many monuments, impressive fortress, massive stone gateways, a temple dedicated to Shiva, and also the Ramappa temple. The cultural distinction of the Kakatiyas was penned by the famous traveler Marco Polo. Ganapathi Deva, Prathapa Rudra, and Rani Rudrama Devi were among the main rulers. It was occupied by Bahmani Sultanate followed by the takeover of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and later in 1724, it had become part of Telangana region. Warangal is well connected by rail from Hyderabad, New Delhi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. The city represents a cluster of three towns such as Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda. The city is famous for many attractions.

Thousand Pillar Temple

1000pillars The Thousand pillars temple which is located in Hanamkonda is one of the most important parts of the Warangal City. The temple was constructed in the 1163 AD by the great Rudra Deva. Every part of the temple depicts the typical Chalukya style of architecture. The Thousand Pillar temple has three presiding deities, Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Surya Deva. The temple stands as a statement of the finest of arts of the Kakatiyas.

Visiting the Thousand Pillar Temple is a must if you want to learn more about the richness of our country. Thousand Pillar Temple is a very popular pilgrimage center, in Warangal and thousands of devotees of all faiths come here to pay their homage and get a glimpse of this wonderful construction.

The temple has a star shaped architecture, which stands as a testimony to the expertise of the wonderful craftsmen of the glorious period. The amazing temple is supported by the pillars that are richly carved. You can find a huge monolith Nandi, made up of black basalt stone.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
5:00 AM – 9:00 PM

HOW TO REACH : Thousand Pillars temple is located in the heart of Warangal city and is easily accessible through road.

Bhadrakali Temple

bhadrakali India is blessed with deeply rooted culture and spirituality and there are eternal structures to narrate our glorious history. One such ancient construction that reveals our history is the Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal. The temple which is counted as one of the oldest temples of Indian History is dedicated to the worship the mother of goddesses, Kali Matha or Bhadrakali Ammavaru. Goddess Bhadrakali is a true example of the capability and strength of women. Surrounded by the lush greenery amidst the hilly region, the Bhadrakali Temple opens up to a picturesque setting on the banks of the Bhadrakali Lake. The serene surroundings of the temple work as an add-on and help the mind to relax and soothe the soul, while one gives away in obedience to the supreme power.

The history behind the temple dates back to 625AD. It is believed that the Chalukya King Pulekesi II after successfully bringing the Vengi region of Telangana under his dominion, constructed a magnificent temple dedicated to the mother goddess to celebrate his victory and also express his dedication and gratitude to goddess Bhadrakali for granting him his competence. We can see the style of the great Chalukya Dynasty in every bit of the temple, right from its architecture to the main deity, which displays the Ekanda Shila or single stone sculpture, which makes as the trademark style attributed to the Chalukyas. One can also observe the strong resemblance to the Kakatiya style of architecture in the temple, particularly the entrance gateways which are made of stone. One of the inner pillars of the temple has a Sanskrit inscription on it. That particular pillar is called the Antralaya stambam.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
5:30 AM – 1:00 PM
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM

HOW TO REACH : Bhadrakali temple is located 2-3 km from Warangal city and is easily accessible by road.

Warangal Fort

warangalfort Warangal is recognized as one of the best heritage cities of India. It is 145 km away from the state capital Hyderabad. It is also the second largest city in the state of Telangana. The city’s name is derived from the Telugu word Orugallu – ‘Oru’ which means one and the word ‘gallu’ meaning stone. The city was the capital of the great Kakatiya rulers who reigned between 12th and 14th centuries.

According to the history of Warangal, the Prola Raja of great Kakatiya dynasty built the beautiful city in 12th century. The Kakatiyas, who ruled the place for more than 200 years, have left the succeeding generations, many grand monuments and architectural wonders like the famous Warangal fort, Swayambhu Temple and many other amazing ancient structures. The Warangal Fort, which is the main attraction of the city is spread over a radius of 19 kilometers between Warangal and Hanamkonda. The fort was constructed in the 13th century in the reign of the Kakateya King Ganapati Deva. The Warangal fort is most famous for its graceful and finitely carved arches and pillars. This fort has four large stone gateways.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All days of the week
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

HOW TO REACH : Warangal fort is located at a distance of 3-4 km from Warangal city, which is well connected by road and rail from Hyderabad, approx.140 km away.

Khush Mahal

kushmahal The symbol of a glorious past is the Khush Mahal, was a masterpiece built by Shitabh Khan and is located near the Warangal Fort.

Ramappa Temple

ramappatemple Warangal in the Deccan plateau is home to the very classic and brilliant Kakatiya art. The Ramalingeswara Temple which is popularly known as the Ramappa temple is one such amazing piece of art that stands as a testimony of the royal Kakatiyas. The temple got its name Ramappa because of its chief sculptor Ramappa. It’s probably the only temple in the country to be known by the name of its sculptor. The medieval Deccan Ramappa Temple which dates back to 1213 AD, was built by the patronage of the Kakatiya ruler Kakati Ganapathi Deva under the authority of his Chief Commander Rudra Samani at the place known as Ranakude in the Atukuru province. The Ramappa temple is the right destination for people who admire architectural brilliance and have a panoramic view of true scenic beauty. The temple is situated in Palampet village of the Venkatapur Mandal, in Mulug Taluq of Warangal.

The Ramappa temple has been referred as the brightest star in the network of medieval temples in the Deccan region. You can reach the temple via a royal garden, which is now reduced to a lawn with a path paved by trees. Another striking feature of this temple is that it is built with bricks that are so light that they can easily float on water. The temple which is situated in a valley took nearly 40 years to be completed. Elaborate carvings line the walls and also cover the pillars and ceilings of the temple.

The Ramappa temple finds its hold on a 6 feet high platform on a cruciform plan. The temple’s chamber is crowned with a shikharam and is surrounded by pradakshinapatha. At the entrance of the temple, we can find a Nandi mandapam. An imposing Nandi vigraham stands on it.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
Monday – Friday: 6.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Saturday: 6.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Sunday: 6.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM – 6.00 PM

HOW TO REACH : Ramappa temple is located at a distance of nearly 70 km from Warangal city and is accessible by road.

Ramappa Lake

ramappalake The Kakatiya rulers are known for their traditions of constructing a tank adjacent to any temple. The Ramappa Lake was also excavated near the temple, which beholds a great scenic beauty, with the serene surroundings, rendering a mystical air to this temple.

Pakhal Lake

pakhallake The beautiful Warangal city not only houses some extraordinary monuments but also charms its visitors with a very beautiful Pakhal Lake. Pakhal is situated at a distance of about 50 kms on the east of Warangal city. If you want to experience heaven on earth, then you must not miss visiting this stunning lake on moonlit nights. The brilliantly shining moon, water gossiping on shores, and a loved one by your side… what else can one ask for. This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Warangal. Pakhal Lake, gives you a calming and soothing trip amidst undulating forest hills and dales. The lake was constructed in the 1213 AD by the Kakatiya king Ganapathi Dev.

The Pakhal lake which is enveloped by the scenic forested hills, is spread over an area of 30 Sq. Kms. The harness of a small tributary of the River Krishna, is a must see sight.

HOW TO REACH : Pakhal Lake is accessible by road from Warangal city, located nearly 54 km away.

Kolanupaka

kolanupaka Located close to Warangal-Hyderabad highway, Kolanupaka represents a fusion of history and religion. It was believed to be the 11th century capital of the Kalyani Chulukyas and the birthplace of a great Veera Shaiva called Saint Renukacharya,. It is a famous pilgrim centre for Jains.

Ethrunagaram

ethrunagaram Located 80 km from Warangal city, the Eturunagaram Sanctuary, on banks of River Godavari, is a dense forest, which is home to Spotted Deer, Neelgai, Blackbuck, Sloth Bear, Panther and Tiger. The best season to visit Eturunagaram Sanctuary is between October and May.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

mallikarjuna The temple Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the famous temples in Telangana region. The Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple is an ancient temple which has about five hundred years of great history and is dedicated to lord Mallikarjuna Swamy (idol of Lord Shiva), the temple is located in a cave and situated in Warangal district, Kommeraveli village and Cheriala Mandal. It is nearly 85 km from Hyderabad and 110 km from Warangal. Scores of devotees visit this temple on Shiva Rathri, offer prayers and get blessed. Jathara (utsavams) is celebrated every year on Makara Sankranthi, the history of the temple says that it’s been five hundred years since the statue of the lord Mallikarjuna Swamy was installed. The main deity of the temple Kommeraveli Mallanna showers his blessings on all the devotees.

HOW TO REACH : Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Devasthanam is located in Komuravelli village and is well accessible by road through Karimnagar – Hyderabad Highway in Cherial Mandal. It is situated nearly 85 km from Hyderabad and 110 km from Warangal on a hillock.

Sammakka Saralamma Temple

sammakkasaralammatemple The Sammakka Saralamma temple in Warangal was built during the 12th century. This temple has no mythological background relating to the construction of the temple; instead, it is believed to be built in the memory of two tribal women. The main deity(s) of the Sammakka Saralamma temple are two brave women who stood up for their community and its betterment. They became Martyrs in the battle. According to the legend, once a troop from the Koya tribal community was returning from a trip, when they saw a little girl playing with the tigress. The head of the troop saw the girl and inspired by her bravery, he adopted her and named her as Samakka. Later she married a headman of a neighboring tribal group and had a daughter, Sarakka. Both the mother and daughter protested the Kakatiya kings who forced the tribes to pay taxes. Both the women fought bravely and reportedly lost their lives. The Koya community constructed this temple as a token of gratitude. Annually an event called Sammakka Saralamma jatara is held which is considered as one of the largest tribal festivals of the world. The deities are brought from the forest to a spot for a period of 10-12 days when more than one crore devotees offer prayers and gift ‘bangaram’, which is pure jaggery to the deities. The entire place reverberates with divine chants and elaborate arrangements are made for this Jathara with thousands of buses plying to and fro with pilgrims.

HOW TO REACH : The temple located in Medaram is nearly 90 km from Warangal city, the district headquarters and there are regular buses available during the annual Jatara.

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