Warangal (Rural) district was formed after bifurcation of Warangal District. The district headquarters is located in Warangal City. The district is spread over an area of 2,175.50 square kilometres and according to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 7, 16,457.
Warangal (urban) district is located in northern part of Telangana, with its district headquarters located at Warangal. This district occupies an area of 1,304.50 square kilometres and according to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 11, 35,707.
Warangal Fort belongs to the 13th century when it was constructed by King Ganapati Deva. The fort was intended to be his second capital. The exquisite carved pillars and arches add attraction to the fort. The fort houses a temple, which is dedicated to Swayambhudevi, Mother Earth. The fort being invincible was called the seat of power. The main fort consists of 45 towers. The entrance of the fort is built in South Indian architectural style. The fort is in ruins but still provides room for interesting study that aids in research of ancient history and sculptures.
Thousand Pillar Temple belongs to the 12th century. It is located near Hanamkonda-Warangal highway. The construction displays the influence of Kakatiyan architectural style. The temple is dedicated to three gods namely Shiva, Surya and Vishnu. The temple earns the name owing to the thousand pillars that are uniquely adorned and carved. Rock cut elephants and the intricate stonework add beauty to the temple. Excellent sculptures and perforated screens need special mention.
Pakhal Lake is a man made lake believed to have been constructed during 1213 AD. The lake is situated amidst lush forests and hilly terrain. The 30 sq. km lake offers breathtaking views. The lake has yet another attraction in Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, which borders along the shorelines of the lake. A stunning range of plants and animals are found here.
The village Eturnagaram is a beautiful place in Warangal, which is amidst dense forest. With river Godavari running close by, the sanctuary offers breathtaking views. You could spot some rare animals in the sanctuary, which is one of the earliest sanctuaries established in the country. The animals found here include tiger, panther, jackals, wolf, deer, sloth bear and many more.
The District Archaeological Museum of Warangal is located behind the Warangal Municipal Corporation Office on the way to Planetarium in the city. The Museum was established in the year 1991.
Warangal being the capital of erstwhile Kakatiya Kingdom is an archaeologist’s delight and there are many articles in the museum belonging to Kakatiya dynasty which impresses visitors with their grand display. The museum has Contemporary Paintings, Coins, Bronzes, Arms and Weapons, sculptures and Inscriptions belonging to Western Chalukyas and Kakatiyas on display.
The District Archaeological Museum, Warangal also hosts a wide range of archaeological artifacts such as pre historic antiquities, palm leaf manuscripts, sculptures, arms and weapons. In addition to the sculptures, fossils, early historic antiquities, stuccos, Bidriware, coins, terracotta, chinaware, and enamelware are also displayed here. The museum showcases paintings, miniature paintings and sculptures. The display gallery boasts of epigraphs, copper plates, grants and bronzes. Historians and book lovers find the library of the museum very much resourceful as it well stocked and well maintained.
Kolanupaka, which was a capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas during 11th century, has many attractions for minds that seek architectural delights. Kolanupaka Jain Temple is an ancient temple aging over 2000 years. Other famous temples seen here are Someswara Temple and Sri Veeranarayana Temple. A state run museum inside Someswara Temple complex presents excellent specimens that reflect Kakatiyan architecture.
Kakatiya Rock Garden is situated near the Fort temple. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Warangal. Rock statues of various animals such as lions, deer and antelopes are found here. The garden is artistically maintained with the rocks and plants arranged decoratively. The artificial waterfalls in the rock garden is beautiful. Children love the playgrounds here.
Kakatiya Musical Garden is situated near Bhadrakali temple. The 15 acres of garden attracts tourists in great numbers. The musical fountain is a visual feast. Operated using a computer, the musical fountain is the star attraction here. Set against a backdrop of mammoth rock with artificial waterfall, the fountain is awe-inspiring. Boating is available here.
Bhadrakali Temple belongs to the 8th century and it is among the oldest temples constructed for Goddess Bhadrakali. The idol of Goddess Kali is enshrined in this temple, which is situated on a hill. The ancient temple was built during the reign of Kakatiya Dynasty. The construction bears the influence of Chalukya architectural style. The rock formations that were naturally formed around the temple make the place more serene.
Source: Portal Content team