Wonders of Warangal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.