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 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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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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