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Wonders of Warangal

Warangal Travel Blog

Picture by Pooja (FairytaleStudios)

Dear Reader,

I am Warangal, a historic city of many wonders. About 150 km away from Hyderabad, I am the second biggest city in Telangana. Long ago in the 12th century, I was the bustling capital of the Kakatiya kingdom in South India. I was called Orugallu back then. The Kakatiyas are long gone, but they left behind remains of their great craftsmanship and engineering marvels.  The monuments were ruined when Tughlaq’s army attacked and ransacked the city. But the temples, forts, and lakes will not fail to leave a lasting impression on you. Me, along with Hanamkonda and Kazipet are the historic Tricity of Telangana. Come, let me take you on a short virtual tour of the former land of Kakatiyas.

Warangal Fort

I saw the mighty citadel being built from scratch right here. In its prime, it was the pride of Warangal and that of the Kakatiya Kingdom. It had 45 towers, ornamental gates, huge courtroom, temples, and palaces inside.  Even in its ruins, it retains the intricate sculptures on its granite walls. The ornamental gate forms the emblem of the state of Telangana. It’s called Kakatiya Shila Thoranam

Warangal travel blog

Photo by Pooja Shah, Fairytale Studios

This is a huge area with a lot of things to explore. You can also attend the light and sound show in the evening to know more about my history.

1000-pillar temple

The Kakatiya king Rudradeva constructed the Shiva temple, which is now called a 1000-pillar temple. Yes, there are 1000 exquisitely crafted stone pillars that the temple stands on. Yet, none of them block your view to the main deity from outside. This temple is an excellent example of Kadamba architecture.

Rayaparthy Shiva Temple

This 18th-century temple is not only beautiful but has the most scenic surroundings.

Ramappa Temple

The temple I’m going to take you to on this virtual trip was India’s only nomination for UNESCO world heritage site in 2019. This marvelous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was another gem of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Do you know what makes it special? This is probably the only temple that is named not after the presiding deity, not after the sponsoring ruler but by the name of the architect. Yes, that’s a rare thing in India, and it’s fair. Don’t you think so?

Ramappa Lake

Let me tell you this, Ramappa was a genius. Across the temple, he made this beautiful artificial lake to irrigate nearby areas. It is still used for the purpose. Other amazing lakes in the city are the Bhadrakali lake across the Bhadrakali temple, Waddepally lake, and Dharmasagar Lake.

Bhadrakali temple

Situated on your way to Bhadrakali temple is older than the fort. The Kakatiyas built it in the 8th century to worship Goddess Kali, the feminine goddess of strength and motherhood. Special celebrations are held here during Dusshera festival.

Kakatiya Rock Garden

Near the Bhadrakali temple lies the Kakatiya Rock Garden. The idol of Kakatiya queen Rudra Devi resides here. Spread over 15 acres is the lively Kakatiya Rock Garden. You can go for boating in the lake, walk on the hanging bridge and marvel at the beauty around.

Fun fact- I am located in a district called Warangal itself. And if you visit me, just stay back for a couple of days more to explore the beauty around the city. I am not just about history and architecture. I am surrounded by some exotic natural spots in the district of my namesake. Here are a few places you can consider.

Pakhal lake

About 57 km from here you will find the Pakhal Lake. A sparkling lake where locals often head to for a picnic. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the overarching green hills this is a great place for a day trip.

Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

With an entry fee of just Rs. 10, Eturanagaram wildlife sanctuary is the perfect place for adventure lovers. You can see plenty of deer and monkeys, and if lucky even the tiger.

Bheemuni Padam Falls

Another natural wonder just 50 km from the city is the Beemuni Padam Falls. This magnificent waterfall surrounded by rock-caves and mountains is located in Gudur.

This is just the teaser. I hope you liked reading and virtually traveling in my abode. Will be waiting to meet you in person. Till then, stay home, stay safe, and save the post for future reference.

Click to read about the historic city of Warangal in Telangana India. This offbeat gem in South India is a delight for any traveler and history enthusiast.Yours truly,

Warangal

Blogger’s Notes

This is not a travel guide. I have not been able to explore the beautiful city yet. For more information check out the guide by Fairytale Studios. This postcard is to introduce you to this beautiful historic city in my series Postcards from India. I am taking the BlogchatterA2Z challenge where I am writing to promote some offbeat places in India.

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13 Comments

  1. Tony B April 26, 2020

    the 1000 pillar temple is one of my favourite !

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 27, 2020

      Thanks for your time Tony

  2. Sonia Chatterjee April 26, 2020

    I have never visited Warangal though I have been to Hyderabad a couple of times. This looks like a place for history lovers. Hopefully, I will get to see the city in the post – Covid world.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 27, 2020

      Thanks Sonia. I will visit it soon once the state borders are open for tourism.

  3. Lynnette Forest April 26, 2020

    What a gorgeous place. I love off the beaten path locations.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 27, 2020

      Thanks a lot Lynette for visiting my blog.

  4. Shubhra Rastogi April 26, 2020

    Again a lovely place to visit. The pictures are amazing.

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  5. Amrita April 27, 2020

    Warangal looks steeped in history. I wonder why invaders destroyed good places !

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 27, 2020

      Yes.. maybe the fort was destroyed due to collateral damages of war. Not sure though

  6. Jyoti Jha April 27, 2020

    Wow, such a historical site! Would love to visit someday. Loved the Temple architecture. And the Falls is just amazing.

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  7. Noor Anand Chawla April 27, 2020

    What a fascinating history this place has Sinjana. I would love to visit it.

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  8. Durga Prasad Dssh April 27, 2020

    Was not aware Warrangal had so many attractions. This is a city I have often passed by but have never stopped to admire its beauty.

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  9. Karthika May 8, 2020

    I love the history of this place and can only imagine what it must have been like in its hay day!

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