Nizamabad Fort lies in the district of Nizamabad and has both historical and religious significance for the people of the region. Tourists have easy access to the Nizamabad Fort since it is located at a distance of 200 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. The Fort also lies very close to the Maharashtra border and sees a lot of tourist influxes from that side as well.
This 10th century fort stands majestically at the top of a small hill; the hill lies on the south western side of the town of Nizamabad. The kings belonging to the Rashtraputha dynasty have been credited with the construction of this strong citadel that occupies a place of pride in the hearts of the people of the region.
The fort stands tall at a majestic height of 300 m and is a fine example of the art and architecture of the times. Of course, with the change in rulers, the fort too enjoyed many positive modifications both in structure and in style.
Archaeological and Heritage Museum in Nizamabad is a must visit during your trip to the town because it is one of the best places to learn about our history including the evolution of humans from apes.
The museum was opened in 2001 and has been divided into three sections – the Archaeological Section, the Sculptural Gallery and the Bronze Gallery. Each section shows in detail how the town has contributed in the history of ancient and modern India.
In the Archaeological one can see the tools and equipment that were used by the humans between 50000 and 5000 B.C. There are many tools that are from the Paleolithic, Neolithic as well as the later Stone Age as well.
Pottery from the Megalithic Age is also kept in the Archaeological Section, and has been dated as belonging to human civilization, which flourished between 1000 B.C and 3rd century B.C. While at the museum, be sure to check out the coin collection from the Medieval Period that includes coins from the reign of the Satavahanas, the Kakatiyas, the Qutub Shahis and the Ikshvakus.
The Nizam Sagar Dam lies in the district of Nizamabad and has been built over the river Manjira that is one of the many tributaries of the river Godavari. The dam is located on the north western side of the capital city of Hyderabad and is approximately 145 km from the city. It lies between the two towns of Achampet and Banjapalle, which come under the Nizamabad district.
The Nizam Sagar Dam has been constructed over a large area of land and is 3 km in length as it stretches between the two towns. The main idea of building this huge structure was to provide water for irrigation to the towns coming under Nizamabad district.
Today, the site of the dam is an important tourist attraction mainly because of the 14 ft wide traffic road that has been built over the dam. From the road one can take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds the dam.
Sri Neelakanteshwara Temple is located in the Nizamabad town of the District of Nizamabad. The temple is very popular both among the tourists as well as the local population. Every day, especially on Mondays, a large number of devotees throng to the temple to worship and seek blessings from Lord Shiva, who is worshipped at the temple as ‘Neel Kantha’ or the God with Blue Throat.
It is believed that Lord Shiva consumed the poison that came out as a result of the churning of the sea. Hence, his throat turned blue giving him the name of Neelkantha. The temple was constructed by Satakarni II who belonged to the Satavahna dynasty.
The architecture and the construction style of the temple closely resemble that of the north Indian temples. The reason for this is that the temple was specifically built for the Jain community that resided in the region during the time.
Domakonda Fort, situated in the village of Domakonda, is placed at a distance of 38 km from the city of Nizamabad and 98 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. The fort is popular in the region of Nizamabad and Telangana because of the historical significance attached to it. Domakonda Fort was constructed by Kamineni Vamsam who belonged to the community of Kammas and is about 400 years old.
Outside the fort is a beautiful Shiva temple that was built by the Kakatiya Kings to honour the God. Many sections of the fort are now in ruins; however, one can still admire the marvellous architecture of the times.
The fort is an excellent example of strength and beauty combined. What is interesting is that the architecture of the fort combines Muslim and Hindu styles to produce an effect that is unmatched and unparalleled.
Kentu Masjid is an important place of worship for the Muslims of Nizamabad and is also an important landmark of the town since it is located right in the heart of the region. Every day, many Muslim devotees throng to the Masjid early in the morning, afternoon and during the evening to offer ‘Namaz’ or prayer to the Prophet.
The Masjid is an excellent example of Persian style and architecture since it borrows heavily from Persian architecture. However, it also has glimpses of Indian architecture keeping in mind the taste of the Nizams who got the masjid constructed as a gift for the Muslims in the area.
This place of worship has been built using fine Italian marble and has many artifacts on display that are from Persia. On the walls of the Masjid, one can read the teachings of the Prophet that have been inscribed in Persian language.
Manchippa is a small village that comes under the Nizamabad district and is also located very close to the town of Nizamabad. It lies at a distance of 18.2 km from Nizamabad and is 66 km from the headquarters of Nizamabad district.
The tourist attractions in and around the place include Narayankhed, Bidar and Medak. The place is well connected by rail and road, and the closest railway station to Manchippa, Nizamabad (NZB), is 19 km away. Hyderabad (210 km) is the closest airport to Manchippa.
Sarangapuram Hanuman Temple lies at a distance of 8 km from the city of Nizamabad and is located in the village of Sarangapuram. The village is also a mandal and comes under the Nizamabad district. The Hanuman temple in the village is very popular among the tourists because it enjoys the privilege of being one of the important pilgrim destinations in the country.
The main attraction of the temple is the huge idol of Lord Hanuman that has been carved out on a single piece of rock. Saint Samaratha Ramadas has been credited with laying the foundation of the temple some 425 years ago. Since then, the temple has seen a large number of pilgrims as well as tourists.
On Tuesdays, devotees throng to the temple in large numbers because the day is considered to be auspicious for praying to the Monkey God. A special ‘puja’ or prayer is held in the evenings to invoke the blessings of Lord Hanuman.
The Sri Raghunatha Temple, located in the town of Nizamabad, is a famous place of worship for the local Hindus. The temple is open on all days and sees a large influx of devotees as well as tourists who visit the temple to pray and seek blessings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, who is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu.
There is an idol of Lord Rama who is worshipped at the temple along with His consort Devi Sita and His brother Lakshman. Lakshman is worshipped at the temple, because he followed Rama and Sita into the jungle to live the life of a hermit for 14 years, and also helped Lord Rama fight Ravana and his army of demons to rescue Sita.
The temple also has an idol of Lord Hanuman who is considered to be the ‘param bhakt’ or supreme devotee of Lord Rama and Devi Sita.