Telengana Tourism Guide
Andhra Pradesh – “The rice bowl of India” is the most largest and populous state in India contributing to the India’s overall Gross Domestic Product.
Let’s study Telengana in detail:
Telengana is considered to be derived from the “Trilinga” where deity Shiva descended as Linga on the three mountains of Kalsehwaram, Srisailam, and Draksharama marking as the boundaries of the Telengana and thus Telugu is spoken by the people living in/out of Telengana.
Telengana comprises of 10 districts of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Kammam, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Adilabad, and Nizamabad of which Hyderabad and Warangal are two largest cities in Telangana region.
Adilabad: Adilabad is the northernmost district accounting for second largest district of Telengana. Here we present you the list of few tourist attractions that attracts tourists throughout year.
- Saraswathi temple at Basar: A temple of Gyana Saraswati, one of the two temples in India, which is located in Adilabad Dist 60 km away from Nirmal Temple surrounded by serene mountains on the banks of river Godavari.
- Godavari River: Thousands of pilgrims bathe in the river and seek the blessings of the nature and goddesses.
- Jainath Temple: The temple built by Pallavas abodes a Prakrit with 20 slokas inscribed on to the stones featuring Jain style of architecture.
- Water Falls: Kuntala waterfalls, Pochera Waterfalls
- Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary: it is a dry deciduous teak forests spread over893 square Kilometers homing BARKING Beers, Nilagai, Indian Bison, Panther, Cheetal.
- Sivaram Wildlife: this is a mixed forest of teak and Terminalia spreading over 37 square KMs noted for its Marsh Crocodiles, Tigers, Panther, Langoor, Rhesus Monkey, Sloth bear, Cheetal, Sainbar, Nilgai, Panthers and a variety of birds.
- Two watch towers at Alinagar villages enables you a visual treat of sunrise and sunset.
- Pranahitha Wildlife: This sanctuary spreads over 136 square Kilometers aboding pre historic rock formations and varieties of birds (Brahminy Ducks, Teals, Strokes, Herons) and animals including Indian Porcupine, Langar, Rhesus, Palm Civet, Indian Otter, Wild Dogs, Hyena, and others.
- Art & Handicraft: Nirmal Toys and Nirmal Paintings, Ravindra Sharma Kalashram
- Dams & Reservoirs: SRSP Project Dam, Kadem Dam, Sathnala Dam, Penganga Reservoir
- Alampur : is a temple-town, Home to the very ancient Navabhramma temples and is referred to as Dakshina Kashi. The principal deities at Alampur are Brahmeshwara and Jogulamba.
The district once prospered under the rule of Satavahanas and Kakatiyas has not many tourist attractions to visit but here are the few tousrist spost you should definitely not miss when you visit Karimnagar.
Sri Lakshmi Narashima Temple in Bejjanki Village resembles the architecture of Chalukyas and Kakatiya built in 12th century during Kakatiyas where the “Andalu Stambum” a 30’ pillar on the north of the temple, a temple for Lord Siva on the north of the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple and an idol of Veerabhadra with four arms on a big rock on the hillock with an elongated tongue unleashes the glorious works of ancients.
Vemulawada Rajarajeshawara Temple: Located 38 km from Karimnagar is the architectural structure built by Chalukyas between AD 750 and 975.
Kaleshwaram : 130 km from Karimnagar , Kaleshwaram is an ancient temple that holds an unique significance as two Shiva Lingas found on a single pedestal,one is Lord Shiva and Lord Yama, collectively known as Kaleswara Mukteswara Swamy.
Dharmapuri : On the banks of River Godavari, 78 km from Karimnagar, is the 15th century temple town of Dharmapuri.
Nagunur Fort: The village of Nagunur is about 8 km from Karimnagar Town.
Dhulikatta: 20 km from Karimnagar is Dhulikatta an important Buddhist spot visited by monks from all over the world.
Kondagattu: About 35 km from Karimnagar is this breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy where the forts of Kondalaraya & Bojjapotana caves are worth seeing.
Molangoor Quilla: 30 km from Karimnagar, strategically located on summit of a big isolated granite hill, this fort was built by the Kakatiyas.
Manthani: Ancient center for Vedic teachings is located on the banks of River Godavari, and at a distance of 70 kilometers from Karimnagar.
Elgandal fort: Located 15 km away from Karimnagar.
Warangal (Oragallu): capital city of Kakatiyas has some finest architecture in ruins of the ancient glorious Kakatiya ruling.
Warangal known for rice, chili peppers, cotton, tobacco, and granite quarries is once ruled by the Kakatiya kingdom from 12th to 14th century who left many architectural monuments, impressive fortress, and massive structures in the region.
Thus, Warangal city is accorded world heritage city by UNESCO in March 2013.
Tourist attractions include:
- Thousand pillar Temple: Dedicated to deities Shiva, Vishnu and sun is one of the very ancient temples of south India built by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD following the Chalukyan and Kakatiya style of architecture with perforated stone screens, richly carved icons, meticulously designed pillars and rock cut elephants where the six feet monolithic Nandi is the major attraction of the shrine.
- Bhadrakali Temple: Located on the banks of Bhadrakali Lake is constructed by King Pulakesi II of Chalukya dynasty in 6th century is noted for its stone image of Goddess Kali depicted in a sitting posture.. The temple is adorned with squared pillars unlike circular pillars built by Kakatiyas, while the entrance arch is worth to notice.
- Warangal Fort: It is the structure of national importance and reflects the eminent construction that dates back to the 13th century of Kaktiya’s glorious ruling with heighted gateways, 45 towers and pillars, square bastions, barbicans where you can still see the remnants of the structure .
- Ramappa Temple: Also known as the Ramalingeshwara Temple is another ancient structure of Kakatiya dynasty in ruins. However, you can find the remnants that unleash the eminent art of ancients. The Shiva temple rises magnificently over a six feet high star-shaped platform where the intricate sculpture, richly carved pillars and the exquisitely chiselled walls and ceiling make a visit to Ramappa Temple an unforgettable experience.
- Ramappa Lake: The ancient rulers always followed the tradition of constructing a tank to store water adjacent to the Shrines or Temples. Thus, Ramappa Lake adjoins the temple holding a great serene beauty.
- Pakhal Lake: located in the heart of lush green forests and hills, Pakhal Lake is constructed by Kakatiyan ruler Ganaptidev in 12th century spread over a large area. Pakhal Lake provides a beautiful site for visual retreat for the tourists with Pakhal Wild Life Sanctuary set around the shores of the Lake inhabits large variety of flora and fauna including tiger, leopard, panthers, hyenas, wolves, wild dogs, jackals, sloth bear, nilgal, porcupine, langoor, Reptiles like python, cobra, common krait, monitor lizard and Crocodile roaming about freely in the wild.
- Kolanupaka: Kolanupaka is an energizing fusion of history and religion is famous pilgrim centre for Jains adorned with number of ancient temples, some of them even 2000 years old, of great importance to Jains endowed with beautifully carved statues of Tirthankaras where a five ft. jade idol of Lord Mahavira is an added attraction. The State Archaeological Department museum in the Someswara temple complex exhibits wide range of ancient temple architectures and sculptures.
- Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva
- Thosenpiller Temple(Veyisthambala Gudi), Hanmakonda
Come unleash the beauty of Kakatiya Sculpture!!!
Khammam is the birth place of Bhakta Ramadas – Kancharala Gopanna who constructed the Bhadrachalam Sri Rama temple located on the banks of a river called Munneru which is a tributary of the Krishna River.
Khammam has a lot of historical importance; let’s unleash the beauty of Khammam:
- Bhadrachalam- Lord Sri Rama’s temple, which is very famous in south India where the presiding deity is Lord Rama, is an important site of pilgrimage for Hindus situated on the banks of the river Godavari.
- Papi kondalu has beautiful scenery of mountains, the waterfalls at Munivaatam, and the peaceful atmosphere give an unforgettable experience to the visitors making it a special attraction for tourists.
- Parnashala – a sacred place where Lord Rama lived during his 14 years of exile to forest life, located in Khammam district 35kms from Bhadrachalam. The locals believe that Sita, the beloved consort of “Lord Sri Rama” bathed in the stream here. The imprints of dried saree of Sita can be seen on “Radhagutta” The imprints of demon king Ravana’s Pushpaka (air vehicle) can be seen on the hillock on the opposite side of the river.
- Kammam Fort – celebrates 1000 years of existence representing both Hindu and Muslim architectural influences built in granite.
- Thrimatha panchayatana Kshetram – Temple of Three Goddess Temple – the first of its kind in India.
- Kinnerasani Dam & wild life Sanctuary
- Garimellapadu forest
- Stambhadri Narasimha swamy temple (gutta)
- Lakaram lake, Khammam city
- Danavayagudem Botanical Gardens
- RajivSagar (Dummugudem) Dam
- Nela Kondapalli: Nela Kondapalli, the birth place of Sri Ramadasu who built the temple of Lord Rama in Bhadrachalam has many Buddhist stupas and many more tourist spots.
- Yadagiri Gutta – the most devotional place in located near Bhuvanagiri Town the temple dedicated to worship Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swami draws huge crowds, especially during vacations and on weekends.
- Nagarjunsagar dam – The World’s largest masonry dam with 26 gates and a Hydroelectric plant hosting waterfalls known as ‘Ethipothala’ in the months of August to February. Gowthama Buddha Museum is another tourist attraction where a boat sails all the way from Nagarjun Sagar dam to an island housing Buddhist artifacts.
- Bhuvanangiri Fort – built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI on an isolated rock associated with the heroic queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra’s rule where a small fortress on the top of the hill gives a bird’s eye view of the neighboring area.
- PillalaMarri – one of the oldest Lord Shiva temples which is considered to be 1000 years old is not only historically but also culturally and religiously significant.
- Sri Jain Mandir – located at Kolanupaka village is more than 2000 years old that has three holy idols of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and ord Mahaveera and 21 other “Theerthankaras”.
- Nandikonda – A small village on the banks of the Krishna River where several Buddhist structures like monasteries and pillared halls were unearthed and preserved in a museum of the Central Archeological Department.
- Panagal: There is an archeological museum which has several interesting artifacts of of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings.
- Vaadapalli – This is famous for its bridge and also called ‘Triveni sangamam’ where three rivers Godavari, Krishna and Musi meet.
- Nagulapahad – A village on banks of the Musi river, famous for its temples Trilingeswara Aalayam (Shivalayam) and Veerabhadreswara Aalayam built in the Kakatiya’s era.
It is second largest district in the state by area that owns lots of significance in various periods throughout the history. The famous “Kohinoor diamond” is from Mahbubnagar district and has many religious shrines instilled in this rich land.
- Sri Sri Sri Jogulaamba temple – one of the fifth of the famous 18 Shakthi Peethas is located in Alampur.
- Sri Bala Brahmeshwara Swamy – dedicated to Lord Shiva
- Umamaheswaram Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
- Mallela Theertam – is a holy place famous for Shiva Lingam at the foot of a waterfall that attracts devotees throughout the year
- ManyamKonda: also referred to as peedala (Poor People) Tirupati Temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara Swamy.
- Wanaparthy: It was a former Kings’ palace in ancient times is now a university hosting the Krishna Devaraya Polytechnic College.
- Somashila – a town has a magnificent temple complex on the banks of the Krishna River, housing 15 temples of Shivalingas. The Pushkar snanam that occurs once in 12 years duringthe Krishan pushkaram is auspicious.
- Saleswaram – is a holy place that is about 10Km into Nalamalla forest is famous for Lord Shiva in Lingam worshipped in a cave next to the wedge-shaped waterfall that seems to have been chiselled across a huge stone.
- Sri Ranganayaka Swamy temple in Srirangapur located at a distance of 12kms from Wanaparthy is built during the 18th century A.D on the banks of Rama Pushpakarni Lake under the glorious rule of Sri Krishnadeva Raya.
- Shaneswaralayam – The second-most famous Shaneswara temple in India
- China Tirupati – an abode of Lord Venkateshwara , located in Jamalapuram
- Avancha – home for largest Akashila Statue of Ganapathi (scultpture built on one stone) in Asia
- Nava Brahma Temples, a group of nine temples built by the Chalukyas constructed on the banks of River Tungabhaclra. The main entrance of the Shrine has temples of goddess Kamakshi and Ekamreshwari adorned with intricate carvings portraying beautiful work of sculpture of Gods and Goddess in various forms and postures.
- The Madhava Swamy temple at Kollapur has the extremely beautifully sculptured Temple built by the Rajas of Jetprole during the 16th century depicting the 24 aspects of Vishnu and the Dasa-Avatars of Vishnu surrounded by various pillars supporting the Mandapa, the Garudalaya add beauty to the temple complex.
Medak: It is a historic town built during the Kakatiya dynasty reign stands as an epitome of architectural excellence of the Kakatiya dynasty adorned with beautifully sculptured shrines.
Sri Durga Bhavani aalayam – constructed in 2001 is made of a single stone in Ismailkhanpet, Sangareddy mandal.
Medak Church: The Medak church, the single largest diocese in Asia and second largest in the world after the Vatican, is a priceless heritage of Gothic architecture in India. The church has a beautiful stained glass work on the huge windows, the tiles of the church were imported from Italy & the roof has been cast to ensure best acoustics accommodating as many as 5000 people at a time.
Medak fort stands as an archetype of architectural excellence of the Kakatiya Empire with three main entrances, the “Prathama Dwaram”, the “Simha Dwaram” or Lions Entrance with two snarling lions at the top of the entrance and the “Gaja Dwaram”, or Elephant’s Entrance that has a sculpture of two elephants sculptured on both sides of the entrance.
Pocharam Forest & Wildlife Sanctuary: Named after the Pocharam, the sanctuary is surrounded by lush green forest, rich flora and fauna that includes the Bar-Headed Goose, Brahminy Bucks and Open Billed Stork, five species of Antelopes and Deer, Leopard, Forest Cat, Wild Dog, Wolf, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chital, and Four horned Antelope.
Manjeera Forest: The sanctuary comprises of nine small islands which are home to a number of resident and migratory birds in addition to Marsh Crocodiles and Muggar.
Koti Lingeshwara Swamy Temple
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple: also known as Swetagiri is a centuries old temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy built on the banks of the sacred River Haridra.
Edupailu: Edupailu in Telugu Edu is seven and Pailu is stream, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kankadurga 8 Kms from Medak at.
Lake Asok Sagar: has beautifully laid out garden with a statue of Goddess Saraswati in the middle of the lake.
Archaeological and Heritage Museum: The Museum houses number of artifacts and antiquities representing the evolution of human civilization right from Paleolithic to Vijaya Nagar Times categorized into Archaeological Section, Sculptural gallery and Bronze and Decorative gallery.
Quilla Ramalayam: Also known as Indoor or Indrapuri, was built by the Rashtrakutas where the pillar is of 40 ft (12 m) high and the fort has a wide area encircled by masonry walls along with huge bastions at the corners reflecting the style of ancient architecture with spacious halls and a summer house.
Mallaram Forest is just perfect place for eco-tourism where Forest treks, a pagoda and a view point tower are main attractions.
The Navanatha Siddeswara temple on the hillock . The local people believe that Navanathas or Siddhas, venerable sages, still live in the natural caves and caverns of these hillocks. The water spot nearby area has been drawing people in large numbers for it is believed that the water has curative powers, healing chronic diseases and disabilities.
Domakonda Fort: A Samsthanam under Qutubshahis and Asaf Jahis was built by the Reddy rulers of Domakonda Samsthanam in the 18th century at a site where a fort existed earlier. The fort has an arched gateway, has bastions both square as well as circular accompanied with two palaces and a temple complex reflecting Asaf Jahis influence imitating the Kakatiya style of architecture.
Sri Laxmi Narshima Swamy Temple is about 9 KM from Nizamabad city on the way to AliSagar.famous for Astah-Muki i.e. eight corner faced Koneru or Lake which resides on the top of Hill.
Limbadri Gutta (Hills) is 5 km away from Bheemgal town that has beautiful scenery all around.
Bada Pahad located between Varni & Chandur is a spot to relish
Bichkunda is known for Basawa Lingappa Swamy fair on Shivrathri where several devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka states visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Sarangapur: Hanuman Temple at Sarangapur, considered a holy shrine where saint Samartha Ramadas, the Guru of Chatrapati Shivaji had laid the foundation for the temple about 452 years ago.
Kanteshwar: An ancient temple of Lord Shiva “Neela Kanteshwar” constructed by the Satavahana king, Satakarni-II for the Jains resembling the architecture of North India attracts a large number of devotees in the district.
Rangareddy Travel Information
Tourism in Ranga Reddy district can be truly enriching and thrilling combing all the civilizations at one place
Maheshwaram: It is a popular religious shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva has many exquisite and detailed sculptures which is in the ruins today left by the ravages of time. However, the two fortresses- Shiva Ganga and Vishnu Ganga which were the Kacheri house of Akkanna and Madanna, famous ministers of Bhaktha Ramdas era.
Chilkur: a scared shrine located on the banks of beautiful Himayath Sagar is one of the ancient temples of the Lord Balaji attracts thousands of devotees on holidays and weekends. The National Deer Park is an effort made to protect and nurture the beautiful fauna of the land, do not miss to visit the spot.
Sanghi a marble marvel built by the Sanghi family and sculpted by the renowned craftsman Sri Ganapathy Stapathy is situated just 26 Kms from the temple complex `Paramanandagiri`, has temples of Lord Hanuman, Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Rama, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Durga and Goddess Ashtalakshmi surrounded by pleasant serenity and sanctity.
Keesaragutta: A beautiful hillock that dates back to thousands of years gods where Lord Rama worshipped Shiva ages ago. The temple is a testament that has unique sand sculpture in the sanctum sanctorum.
Anantagiri hills: it is yet another shrine that bears testimony to the glorious history of the land with a startlingly beautiful hill station ideal to beat the summer heat housing the ancient cave-like structures and bathing Ghats, with the temple of Lord Ananta Padhmanabha built centuries ago by a Muslim king.
Durgam Cheruvu: the Lake surrounded by the unique rock mounds that mark the plateau is definitely a weekend getway from the noisy urban locale.
Himayat Sagar Lake: It is the chief source of drinking water for the people in the region. The placid surrounding makes it an ideal spot to watch the sky, rest and relax.
Shamirpet Lake: It is a huge lake that attracts lot of visitors all year round for a rejuvenating weekend. The nearby resorts help you stay cool in hot summers.
Ramoji Film City – the world`s largest film city offers a complete pack of enjoyment with fantastically constructed artificial landscapes and other comprehensive structures made for filmmaking. One of the best place to relish and experience complete fun.
Dhola ri Dhani is a resort or village unleashing typical Rajasthani culture that blend in ethnic and modern activities that welcomes you with a rajsathani imli juice and has camel rides, Ghoomar-Jhoomar the amphitheatre for performing arts, Kund- a swimming pool and the Maan Manuhar- the chowki style restaurant with ethnic cuisine, lawns a dance floor and the artifact shop.
Hi-tech city – one of the most happening places with energetic and exciting places and spots scattered all round responding to the contemporary needs of the country and the world.
It is home for Information Technology where giant companies are located and the streets are not emptied 24/7 and business runs all across the clock.
Shilparamam: spread over 50-acres of land is located at Madhapur, Shilparamam is a village that showcases the age old, exquisite arts and crafts, varieties of handicrafts are exhibited and sold by the craftsmen themselves. The amphitheatre for folk arts with daily performances and thousands flock here to savor the states cultural, artistic, and aesthetic heritage.
Ocean Park – a world class amusement – water theme park instilled with number of water game activities with a variety of water rides are available – sliding, rafting, going zip-zap-zoom, carousing in the wave pool and many more.
Runway-9: it is a spot for adventure sports with Go-Karting facility that has a full scale 711 metres concrete track conforming to international standards. It includes a club house with multiple restaurants and other facilities – pool parlours, archery range, even a play centre for children making it an ideal family recreation centre.
Here are the few places of interest in Hyderabad you must definitely visit.
- Hussain Sagar and the Buddha statue – man-made lake that separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
- Tank Bund Road and necklace road
- Mecca Masjid
- Golconda Fort:
- Salar Jung Museum Nizam’s museum
- Falaknuma Palace
- Laad Bazaar
- Pearls Market
- Madina circle
- Andhra Pradesh Secretariat
- Public Garden
- Nizam Club
- Ravindra Bharathi
- Birla Temple and the Birla Planetarium
- Sanjeevaiah Park, Indira Park, Lumbini Park,
- NTR Gardens
- Purani Haveli – The former official residence of the Nizam.
- KBR National Park
- Ramoji Film City
There is a lot that Hyderabad offers to know more about Hyderabad, refer the Hyderabad Tourism in detail for more details…