Khammam located in the state of Telengana is a beautiful city situated on the banks of river Munneru, a tributary of river Krishna. The city holds an important place in the history thanks to the famous Khammam Fort. It is an important tourist destination and attracts millions of travelers from across India. There are many places that you can enjoy in and around here namely the Khammam Fort, the Jamalpuram Temple and Khammam Laxmi Narasimha Temple. Here is a guide to the fort city of Khammam.
The Khammam Fort was built during 950 AD when the region was under the control of Kakatiya kings. It 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 proudly after having completed more than 1,000 years of its existence. It is a major tourist spot and holds the place of pride in the history of the region. Tourists coming here can explore this fort and learn more about the history of this place.
Ruins of the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Pavithrans
The Jamalapuram Temple that is also known as the Khammam Chinna Tirupati was built by the Vijayanagara King, Emperor Sri Krishna Devaraya, many centuries ago. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Venkateswara. The temple has a lot of religious significance for the Hindus since it is believed to be at least 1,000 years old. The temple is visited by many devotees especially during Saturdays when a special pooja or prayer is done by the priests of the temple.
Many people believe that praying at the temple is supposed to fulfill your wishes. Very close to the temple lies the Suci Guta, a hill associated with Jabali Maharishi. It is believed that the Maharishi performed a vigorous penance here and Lord Venkateswara, impressed with the penance, visited the Maharishi and blessed him.
Palair Lake, located in Khammam district is one of the beautiful lakes in India. This man-made lake is actually a balancing reservoir for the left canal, called the Lal Bahadur Canal, built as part of the Nagarjunasagar project.
The water from this lake is used for irrigation purposes and is also a famous spot for fish farming. It is a very famous tourist attraction as it offers various water sports as well as adventure activities. Very close to the Palair Lake is the Wyra Lake which is another good picnic spot.
View of the Palair Lake.
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Papi Kondalu is a popular tourist attraction in Khammam and is believed by many that the scenic beauty of this southern valley is equivalent to the natural beauty of Kashmir. The mountain ranges were initially known as Papidi Kondalu, a Telugu word for partition. The ranges were so named because of the partition that they create in the River Godavari.
The mountain ranges of Papi Kondalu are very famous for the beautiful waterfalls at Munivaatam. This is essentially a tribal area with calm and serene atmosphere. Many people come to the waterfalls to become one with nature. The tribal communities at the place are peaceful people and do not cause any sort of harm to the visiting tourists.
How to Reach Khammam
By Air: There is no airport at Khammam. The airport closest to Khammam is at Gannavarm, and it is a domestic airport. It is well-connected with the major cities of the country.
By Train: The city of Khammam is well-connected with other Indian cities and towns via a good network of Southern Railways. The town falls on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada line. Through this line, the city is connected to other cities such as Warangal, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
By Road: Khammam city is easily accessible by road. The State Transport Corporation and many private buses run regular services to and fro from the city of Khammam. Many deluxe, as well as Volvo buses also depart from cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam for Khammam.