Warangal is a city in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. Acclaimed as the fourth largest city of the state, Warangal is located about 120 km to the north-east of Hyderabad. Warangal is believed to have been discovered in the 12th century, by Prola Raja of the Kakatiya dynasty of India. Once, the capital of Kakatiya dynasty, the city is today serving as the headquarters of the Warangal district. This city has been mentioned by a number of names in various legends and epics.
Earlier it was known as Orugallu, where 'Oru' suggests one and 'Kallu' suggests stone. The idea behind such name was that in the vicinity of the city, there was a huge rock. Perhaps the word 'tourism' is not often used for Warangal, yet the remnants of the erstwhile kingdom are getting recognized. People travel to this city to have a glimpse of the heritage structures erected by the Kakatiyas. The capital city of the Kakatiyas has also been referred in the travel journals of Marco Polo for its cultural richness.
Warangal has preserved the art and architecture of the medieval period in the form of imposing forts, massive stone-gateways, picturesque lakes, striking temples and exotic wildlife. The city has adapted modern conveniences but not on the cost of its legacy. The lakes and greenery add to the splendor of the historical sites. In concise, Warangal has got each and every feature to compliment it as the perfect tourist destination.
Places of interest
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
Bhadra Kali 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. .
Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary : 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.
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.