A beautiful city with a glorious past, Warangal, in Telangana is a place with various touristic spots, stunning landscape and historical monuments. Tourism in Warangal introduces one to a culturally rich city that is immensely blessed by Mother Nature. Travel to Warangal, the once capital of Kakatiya Kingdom, as it brings forth holidaying opportunity to every traveler; no matter which age group.
During the period between 12th to 14th centuries, Warangal was the capital of the great Kakatiya Kingdom. The Kakatiya ruled here for around 200 years and left behind their legacy in the form of fascinating forts, monuments and temples. The word Kakatiya was coined from Goddess Kakati which is a form of Durga. Ramappa Temple and 1000-Pillared Temple stand as a mute witness of the reign of Ganapati Deva, and his patronage for art and culture. Their rule came to an end in 1329, when the Tughlaqs of Delhi defeated the Kakatiyas and conquered Warangal.
Agriculture is one of the main occupations in Warangal. The city also deals in cotton, rice, tobacco and red chillies.
Attractions of Warangal
The history of this majestic fort dates back to the 13th century. It saw several battles over the centuries. Its striking feature is its three-layered fortified walls which made it impossible for the invaders to enter the fort. Its huge gateway is a must-see attraction which is called the ?Gateway of Glory?. It is beautifully carved from top to bottom.
Thousand Pillar Temple
Built beautifully using Kakatiya architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. It was constructed in the year 1163 by Rudra Deva. This star-shaped temple boasts of one thousand temples which are majestically carved. The temple also houses the idols of Nandi bull on a granite stone and elephants which look attractive.
This 2000 year old temple is the oldest temple in Warangal. The temple enshrines the 5ft high image of Lord Mahavira which is fully carved out of Jade.
Another example of Kakatiya style of architecture; this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Roof of the temple was built with bricks which were so light that they can even float in water! Walls of this temple are adorned with captivating carvings.
Some of the other popular attractions of Warangal are Bhadra Kali Temple, Kolanupaka, Sri Veeranarayana Temple, Kakatiya Musical Garden, Pakhal Lake and Kolanupaka Museum.
Best Time to Visit
Winter months between October till March are the best time to visit Warangal. Temperature during this time varies from 13?C to 32?C.
How to Reach
By Air: Hyderabad (140 km) is the nearest airport to Warangal which is well connected to all the major cities of the country by regular flights.
By Rail: Warangal has a major railway station which makes it easily accessible to all the major cities in India.
By Road: Warangal is well connected to the major South Indian cities by road. Regular bus services from APSRTC are available from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kolanupaka, Karimnagar, Khammam, Bhadrachalam, Bangalore, Mysore, Tirupati and almost all the major cities.
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