Visiting Places

Some of the sightseeing options in Warangal are mentioned here. 

Take a trip to the once glorious Warangal Fort near Hanamkonda, erected by Ganapati Deva and his daughter Rudramma. Though the Warangal fort now lies in ruins, four huge stone gateways leading to the fort stand as testimony to the Kakatiyas' architectural prowess. Perhaps a willing suspension of disbelief is all you need as you wander through the Warangal palace portals. 

Close your eyes and enter the stone gateway at Warangal, and offer flowers at the crumbling Swayambhu temple, a shrine dedicated to Shiva. Then visit the three concentric shrines to Vishnu, Shiva and Surya in the Thousand Pillared Temple - another striking example of ornate Kakatiya architecture. King Rudradeva built this edifice at the base of Hanamkonda Hill. Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi, carved out of black stone, guards the entrance and each pillar is intricately sculpted. The Bhadrakali Temple at the summit of Hanamkonda is a shrine to Goddess Kali in her battle glory, brandishing weapons in each of her eight arms. 

Finally, cool off in front of the fountains at Warangal's sprawling Musical Gardens. Or spend a lazy afternoon at the Vana Vignan Kendra, a park on Hunter Road.

Ramappa Temple

Ramappa Temple, constructed in the architectural style of South India during the Kaktiya rule in the 12th century, is a grand old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Palampet not far way from Warangal. This temple is revered very much by the Hindu community and is assumed to be the great contribution of the Kakatiya Kings. 

Ramappa Temple, placed in a start shaped platform 6 feet high, has a Shivalingam in the sanctum with a sikhara at the mount. A mandapam with a Nandi Idol of 9 foot high, in ruins now, placed at the entrance and many small shrines are placed around the main temple. The temple walls are decorated with impressive carvings, which display epic stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The major festival celebrated here is Shivarathri and which day devotees throng to this temple.

Thousand Pillared Temple

History

The Thousand Pillar Temple of Warangal is built in the form of a star with one thousand ornately carved pillars, and reflects the splendour of the Chalukya kings. Built in a typical Chalukyan style of architecture by King Rudra Deva in 1163 A.D., the temple constitutes of three concentric shrines, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya. 

The Thousand Pillar Temple has been built at the base of the Hanamkonda hill. As the name suggests, there are one thousand intricately carved pillars of wide range and different sizes. The pillars of the main temple are firmly interwoven and form its parapet. Apart from the ornately carved pillars, the temple also has delicate smokescreens, brilliant stonework, and detailed and elaborate sculptures that will leave you enthralled. 

The combination of the three shines of the temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Surya is known as Trikutalayam. Of the three shrines, Shiva's shrine has been positioned facing the east while other shrines face south and west. This was so, because the Kakatiyas were great devotees of Lord Shiva and wanted early morning sun rays to fall directly on Shiva Lingam. 

On the fourth side of the Thousand Pillar Temple is Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi. It has been carved out of a monolithic black stone, which is an impressive piece of art. Adding to its exclusivity, the Nandi in the Thousand Pillar Temple faces east, unlike most Nandis in Indian temples that face west. Enclosed within these four corners is the ‘Natya Mandapam’ where dancers performed. The pillars that support this innermost chamber of the temple are large and made of multiple blocks of stone. 

Several small shrines devoted to the lingam, i.e. Lord Shiva, enclose the huge lawn of the Thousand Pillar Temple. Neatly carved rock-cut elephants built on both the sides of the temple entrance are wonderful icons. Presently, the temple is being sustained by the Archaeological Survey of India which has recognised it as one of the protected monuments.

Timing: The temple remains open for the public between 6:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Best time to visit: 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.

 

Warangal Fort

Warangal Fort, constructed during the legendary Kaktiya period in the 13th century, is a wonderful tourist spot. The grandeur Fort with four mammoth Sanchi style gateways at the entrance is a fine example of South Indian architecture. The fort consisting of two walls and the outer wall carries the credit of being the largest of this type in Indian region. The Fort is adorned with a temple in its middle and is renowned for its sculptures. 

Presently the fort is in ruins and many tourists visit here to have a view of the grand old fort. The visitors with interest in architecture, ancient history and ancient sculptures can study lot from this Fort premises.

Bhadrakali Temple

Bhadrakali Temple, eighth century old temple built by Kakatiya dynasty, is perfectly placed on a holy mount nearby Warangal city. The temple enshrines the Goddess Kali, the mother Goddess in Hindu mythology, adorned with weapons in all the eight arms and the statue of the Goddess is in the sitting posture with a crown in her head. The structure of the temple is in the amazing architectural style of Chalukya’s. 

It is a good religious place to visit and all tourists visit Warangal make it a point to reach this holy temple in the lap of mother Goddess to have the blessings.

Pakhal Lake

An artificial lake constructed in a small tributary of famous Krishna River at a close by place in Warangal town, Pakhal Lake, is assumed to be constructed in 1213 AD by Kakatiya king. The Lake is built amidst undulated hilly terrains and lush green dense forests. Panoramic view of the lake and its surroundings is mesmerizing. The Lake is spreading over a wide area of nearly 30 sq km and has grown to a superb picnic spot in Warangal. 

An added attraction to this calm Lake place is the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, which is worth visiting and is located around the lake’s shoreline. Sanctuary encloses many varied kinds of wild animals and birds.

Kakatiya Rock Garden

This is a garden beautifully constructed to attract the tourists and is a relaxing place for local people and their kids. Kakatiya rock garden is located near the Fort temple and this beautiful garden encloses many structures in rocks which are lively, like the statues of deer, lion, giraffe, sambar, antelopes etc. This is a garden in which rocks are arranged and flowered plants are grown in a carefully designed and decorative lawn. 

Playing grounds for children are also made operational here. Evenings are crowded here with local people spending leisure time and relaxing,

Kakatiya Musical Garden

The Majestic Musical garden in Warangal is located nearby the famous Bhadrakali temple. The Garden is spread over a wide area of more than 15 acres. A visually pleasing musical fountain with eye catching colorful lights is the main attraction in this garden; the fountain is operated through computer. A mammoth rock and an artificial waterfall in the rock structure are placed as the background of Kakatiya Musical Garden. 

The Garden offers facilities for boating; the lake for boating was artificially created. Everyday an amazing show of musical fountain with dancing lights is arranged at 7pm. This is a wonderful garden to spend the evenings.

Pembarti Village

         

Scholars who studied the culture of old population claim that that generation used copper and brass wares were used when iron was not known, A specimen of that old age is seen in a cute village Pembarti village near Warangal. Pembarti village is very famous for brassware, many artifacts, metal tools and objects of daily use are made out of brass here in this village. The village is the centre of brass work in India; the brasswares are exported to foreign countries from here. Statues, castings and carvings are made in this village using the attractive copper alloys like brass and bronze. 

Tourists visit this village to have a real hard view of making brassware and a visit to this traditional artisan’s village is very fascinating. Most of the residents in this village make their profession in the brassware manufacturing and fashion lights made out here shines wonderfully.

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

The Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuaries of Andhra Pradesh. Located about 100 km from Warangal and 250 km from Hyderabad, it was declared a sanctuary in 1952.

Area: 806 sq.km

Flora: Bamboo, Pterocarpus, Anogeissus, Buchanania

Animals: It is home to tiger, leopard, panther, wolf, wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, chousingha, black buck, nilgai, sambar, spotted deer, four horned antelope, chinkara, giant squirrel and many species of birds. Reptiles include crocodile, python, cobra, kraite.

Best time to visit: October to January

Accommodation: A forest rest house with one suite and three tourist huts are available at Tadvai and ITDA guest house

How to reach there

By road: A number of RTC buses and private transport are available from Warangal.

By rail: The nearest railway stations are Warangal and Kazipet, about 100 km away.

By air: Hyderabad is the nearest airport (250 km away).

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary or Eturnagaram forest wildlife refuge is located nearby Warangal town and is one of the grand old sanctuaries in India. The wildlife refuge is dense with deciduous teak woods, and many wild animals are conserved here, the animals include tiger, spotted dear, wolf, panther, black buck, chinkara, giant squirrels, jackals, nilgai, sloth bear and four horned antelopes. To see wildlife in its natural habitat, visit to this forest wildlife sanctuary is a must. Many numbers of tourists are attracted to this sanctuary and the number is growing day by day.

 

 

Sammakka Saralamma Jatara

 

                

Sammakka Saralamma Jatara or Medaram Jatara is a tribal festival of honouring the goddesses celebrated in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, India.The Jatra begins atMedaram in Tadvai Mandal in Warangal district.

It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law. It is believed that after Kumbha Mela, the Medaram jatara attracts the largest number of devotees in the country.

It is celebrated in Medaram during the time the goddesses of the tribals is believed to visit them. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the largest surviving forest belt in the Deccan.

 The Ritual

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is the time for the largest tribal religious congregation in the world, held every two years (biennually), with approximately ten million people converging on the place, over a period of four days, which is 90 km from Warangal city.The Samakka Jatra is a State Festival of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Many tribal Devotees from different states of India (M.P, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Maharastra, Karnataka and parts of Jharkand and U.P.)reach to the festive place to celebrate the Jatara.

People offer bangaram/gold (jaggery) of a quantity equal to their weight to the goddesses and take holy bath in Jampanna Vagu (stream).It is a festival with no vedic or brahmanic influence.

Until 1998, the only way to reach Medaram was by a bullock cart. In 1998 the state government declared the 1000-yr old festival as official and laid down a motorable road.

In 2008, nearly 8 million people were estimated to have attended the festival. This fair is said to be the largest repeating congregation of tribal communities in the world. The traffic jam during the festival sometimes goes as far as 60 km on the Warangal highway.

In 2012, approximately 1 crore people would attend the world's largest tribal festival.

Jampanna Vagu

                                                                     

Jampanna vagu is a tributary to River Godavari. According to the history, Jampanna is the tribal warrior and the son of Tribal Goddess Sammakka. The Jampanna vagu took his name as he died in a battle fighting against Kakatiyan Army in that stream .The Jampanna vagu is still red in colour marked with the blood of Jampanna (Scientifically the red colour of the water is attributed to the soil composition). Tribal's believe that taking a holy dip in the red water of Jampanna Vagu remembers them the sacrifice of their gods who save them and also induces courage into their souls.