Tourist Places In Warangal
Warangal is the second largest city after Hyderabad, the govt of India selected this city under Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme and also selected as a smart city. Warangal during 1163 served as the capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty, the city contains fortresses, lakes, the famous temples and stone gateways due to which the city become the famous tourist attraction. The kakatiyas kala thoranam was added in the emblem of Telangana by the state government. During the kakatiya’s time, the city was also called as Orugallu, Ekasila Nagaram or Omatikonda and later the city was named as Sultanpur by the Delhi sultans. Rudrama Devi the only woman to rule the Telugu region came from the kakatiya kingdom.
Thousand pillar temple
The temple was believed to be constructed between the periods of 1175-1324 CE by the king Rudra Deva. The thousand pillar temple is a famous Hindu temple which is located in the Hanumakonda town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya Deva. The temple was abused by the Tuglag dynasty during their encroachment. The temple is situated around 150km away from the Hyderabad city and located near Warangal – Hanumakonda highway, in Telangana state. The temple is famous for its sculpture and architecture with one thousand pillars indicating that the temple has many pillars and the temple consists of carved pillars, exquisite icons, and some rock cuts, it was built by Rudra deva and named it as Sri Rudreswara Swamy temple, and the temple was renovated in 2004 by the Government of India. The temple is 6km away from the Warangal Railway station.
The fort was constructed by the Kakatiya’s during the 12th century; it consists of four gates which are known as kakatiya Kala Thoranam, which is considered as an entrance for the Lord Shiva temple. The Kala Thoranam was included into the emblem of Telangana state. Earlier the fort was under the control of kakatiya dynasty. After Ganapathi deva his daughter RudramaDevi ruled until 1289 and later her grandson Prataparudra II gained the power. Later the kingdom was conquered by the Delhi sultans. The ruins of the fort are considered as a monument of the national importance.
The Bhadrakali temple is one of the oldest temples in India which is located on a hilltop of two cities of Hanumakonda and Warangal; it was believed that the temple was built in 625 A.D by the Pulkeshin II of Chalukya dynasty to celebrate his victory over Vengi region, later the temple came under the control of kakatiya rulers and they considered the goddess Bhadrakali as their “kula devatha” and Ganapathideva built a lake which is adjacent to temple, later it came into the hands of Muslim rulers. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali having eight arms and menacing eyes, the temple also consists of Balipeetam and Dwajasthambam. The temple is very from the Warangal railway station.
Kush Mahal was built in the 16th century by Tughlak, it is 7km away from the Warangal city and very near to the Warangal fort. The reason behind the construction of the mahal was unknown but some believe that the Mahal was used as an auditorium by Shitabh Khan who acted as a governor of Warangal. After the kakatiya dynasty, Tughlak took the control over the place and built the Mahal, the Mahal also called as Shitab Khan Mahal. From the top of the Mahal, one can see the view of Warangal fort. The kush Mahal is located at a distance of 9km from the Warangal bus station.
Kakatiya Zoological Park
Kakatiya zoological park is also known as “Warangal Vana Vignana Kendram” which is located in Hanumakonda, the park was opened in the year1985. The zoo is located on an area of 50 acres and contains a large variety of species of birds, animals and some reptiles; it also consists of Butterfly Park. The zoo is 7km away from the kazipet Railway station.