The 101 Darwaja House is an interesting piece of heritage building in the town of Pochampally. The building is believed to be at least 150 years old and was constructed by the Village Revenue Chief. The house has been named so because of the 101 doors and windows built in the building that all open to scenic views.
The building is a favourite with the tourists who are keen to see for themselves a house with so many openings. However, for security purposes not all doors and windows are left opened. If you are lucky, you can coax the security guard to open a few more of them for view.
Each and every opening in the house gives you a pleasant view of the surroundings. This is the uniqueness of the house. The building has now been converted into a school, Shanthi Nikethan, for the local children. Visitors are allowed into the building only on certain days of the week and between fixed timings.
Charminar was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi in the year 1591 and to this day it is a prominent feature of the city of Hyderabad. This historical structure is now associated with Hyderabad in a big way and has even gained global recognition.
Charminar gets its name from two Urdu words, 'char' and 'minar', the combination of which literally means “four towers”. The structure of the tower spells magnificence and radiates the architectural grandeur of ancient times. The tower has four baroque and resplendent minarets that are annexed to four arches. The arches also support the minarets. The construction of Charminar was done after Quli Qutb Shahi moved from Golconda, to make Hyderabad his new capital.
The monument was built to thank divine powers for eradicating plague (of epidemic dimension) from the city. The Charminar attracts thousands of tourists every year not only because of its majestic presence, but also because of the old-world charm that can be still seen in this part of the city.
Khammam Fort was built during 950 AD when the region was under the control of Kakatiya kings. However, the fort could not be completed during their time, and the Musunuri Nayaks and the Velama Kings took it upon themselves to complete the construction of the Fort. In 1531, during the rule of the Qutb Shahis the fort was further developed and many new buildings and rooms were added into the fort.
The fort is a fine example of both Hindu and Muslim architecture since it drew influences from both styles and rulers of both the religions were involved in its construction. Today, the fort stands proud after having completed more than 1000 years of its existence.
It is a major tourist spot and holds the place of pride in the history of Khammam as well as Andhra Pradesh. The state government has put in a lot of effort and money to develop the fort from the point of view of tourism.
Nagarjunasagar Dam was the world’s largest dam to be built of stone and brick during the time of its inauguration. The dam lies very close to the town on Nagarjunasagar in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. Nagarjunasagar Dam has been constructed over river Krishna. The project work on the dam was started in 1955 and was completed by 1967.
The dam has the capacity to create a water reservoir of 11,472 million cubic meters. It stands at a majestic height of 490 ft and is about 1.6 km long, offering a spectacular view to visitors. It has a total of 26 gates that measure 42 ft wide and 45 ft long.
The dam has a lot of importance in the history of India because it was the first project to be initiated as part of the Green Revolution in the country. It was also the first dam that was used for the purpose of irrigation as well as for providing hydro-electricity to the surrounding region.
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.
Panagal Someswara Temple is in the village of Panagal that is part of the Nalgonda district and lies very close to the town of Nalgonda. The village is approximately 101 km from the city of Hyderabad. According to historians, Panagal was a flourishing town at one point when it was the capital of the Kakatiya Kings.
The Kakatiyas made the place their capital sometime during the 11th century. They also built the temple at the same time in the village. The temple is a majestic building that has 66 pillars. The pillars are intricately and beautifully carved.
There is also a Nandi idol that has been placed in front of the mandapa that stands in the centre. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, and His idol has been placed inside a shrine. On the walls of the temple one can see scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the two great Hindu epics.
Pocharam Sanctuary is at a short distance of 15 km from Medak and about 115 km from Hyderabad. Unfortunately, there are no forms of government transport to take you to the sanctuary. You have to take a private bus or a privately owned vehicle to reach the spot.
During ancient times the sanctuary used to be the hunting grounds for the Nizams of Hyderabad. Later it was turned into a protected area for the wildlife of the region during the middle of the 20th century. The sanctuary has been named after the Pocharam Lake that was built when the Allair Dam was constructed.
The sanctuary is home to plenty of flora and fauna. One can spot animals like wild dogs, wolf, leopard, forest cat, chital, antelope and sloth bear in the forest of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is visited by migratory birds like the open billed stork, bar-headed goose and Brahminy ducks each year.
An interesting tourism aspect is the Eco Tourism Centre where tourists can get to see five types of antelopes and deer. The best time to visit Pocharam is from November to January.
Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swami Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama and his consort Devi Sita. Rama is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is located in the holy town of Bhadrachalam and is only 35 km away from the village of Parnasla where Lord Rama is believed to have spent some time of his exile.
According to legends, Lord Rama crossed the river Godavari when he went to rescue Sita from Lanka. The temple is built on the banks of the river Godavari at the same place from where Rama crossed the river.
Another legend associated with the temple is that of Kabir who was a Muslim by birth but a great devotee of Lord Rama. He was refused permission to enter the temple, and this resulted in the mysterious disappearance of the idols placed inside the temple. However, when Kabir entered the temple the idols reappeared.
The various myths and legends associated with Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swami Temple make it a popular religious destination for devotees and tourists alike.
St Joseph’s Cathedral is situated in the municipal town of Adilabad and is a world-famous church. The church is known as the best cathedral in the whole of Andhra Pradesh. St Joseph’s church is also a very popular tourist destination and people of all religions throng to the church especially on Sundays during the time of Mass.
Inside the church prevails a peaceful and meditative atmosphere that makes you feel truly at one with God. A lot many people have confessed to feeling divine intervention to their problems when they come to pray at the church. Outside the church are sprawling green gardens that add an ethereal quality to the atmosphere in the church.
You can find many people sitting in the lawns and meditating or reading the Bible. Many tourists also like to spend some quality time at the church despite their hectic schedule because of the tranquility that prevails in the church.
Warangal Fort is one of the standout attractions that one can enjoy in Warangal. It is considered to be one of the most excellent examples of South Indian architecture. Ganpathideva commissioned the building of the Fort in 1199 A.D and its completion was seen to by his daughter Rani Rudrama Devi in 1261 A.D.
Presently in ruins, the Fort has four huge gateways at the entrance in the Sanchi style along with two walls, of which the outer one boasts of being the largest of its type in the country. Those interested in architecture, history and ancient monuments can gain a lot of knowledge from in and around the Fort and a steady throng of visitors the year round bears testimony to its popularity among all age groups.
To this day, the delicate stone work and designs used to define animals such as lions and birds like swans can be seen clearly.
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.
Bhadrachala Rama Temple, Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Devi Sita, is a popular religious spot in Bhadrachalam. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu. Devi Sita is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s consort, Goddess Laxmi.
The temple is located 35 km from the town of Bhadrachalam and has idols of other Hindu gods and goddesses. Another incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha, is also worshipped at the temple along with Lord Shiva.
The temple is immensely popular among the devotees of Lord Rama and each year the place sees a large influx of people during the time of Ram Navami. In fact, the festival of Ram Navami or Dussehra is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show at the temple. Many people throng to the temple from all over India to participate in the festivities that last for 10 days and culminate with the burning of Ravana’s effigy.
Ethipothala Waterfalls are located very close to the Nagarjunasagar town and are some 11 km from the Nagarjunasagar dam. The waterfalls are a result of cascading down of river Chandravanka, a tributary of river Krishna, from a height of 70 ft.
In fact, the waterfalls have the combined waters of three rivers, Chandravanka Vagu, Tummala Vagu and the Nakkala Vagu. The water from the Falls joins river Krishna after it passes through the Nagarjunasagar dam. The fall is about 3 km from the river.
The Falls are a major tourist attraction and are visited by many people throughout the year. The location of the waterfalls is absolutely breathtaking. It is situated amidst a forest, and the cascading waters of the falls provide a picturesque environment.
The government of Andhra Pradesh has built a view point on a hillock that lies close to the Falls. The Ranganatha and Dattatreya temples are very close to the falls.
Golconda Fort or Golla Konda Fort means the “shepherd’s hill” and is a fort built 11 km from the city of Hyderabad. During the 15th century, Golconda was a flourishing city, but now one can only see the ruins of its bygone splendour. The fort at Golconda was built by the rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty who reigned over the city starting from 1512. The major contribution to the fort came from Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali. The fort was built in order to defend the city from Mughal attacks from the north. An interesting feature of the fort is its acoustics.
If you stand in the patio of the fort and clap your hands, the voice can be heard at the topmost point of the fort that is situated at a height of 91 m from the main gate. It is also believed that a secret tunnel connects the Golconda Fort with Charminar though no evidence has been found of this passage.
Kadam Dam, popularly known as the ‘Kadam Project’ has been built over the Kaddam River, which is a tributary of River Godavary, and is situated within the Adilabad district. The dam lies very close to the town of Adilabad and is famously known as the Godavari North Canal Project.
The construction of the dam was begun during the year 1949, and it was completed in 1965. The dam was built with the purpose of providing water for irrigating 25000 hectares of land in the district of Adilabad.
Today, the dam is one of the main tourist attractions around Adilabad. The dam is built at an interesting juncture, where the River Godavary becomes one with River Krishna. The place is a popular picnic spot since it is located in the lap of nature and offers green trees, sprawling well-manicured lawns and fresh air to the visitors.
The meter-gauge train that runs between Secunderabad and Manmad also takes you to the site of the dam.