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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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