Warangal, a district in Telangana was also referred to as Orguguallu or Omtikonda in olden times, due to the presence of an enormous hillock that is evidently carved out of a single stone. It was the capital of the Kakatiya kingdom and there are many ruins all over this region.
There are many places to visit in Warangal, but special mention is to be made of the Warangal Fort which finds itself in the travel diaries of Marco Polo.
Some of the tourist sightseeing attractions in Warangal include the Pakhal Lake, the Thousand Pillared Temple, Rock Garden and more.
How to Reach Warangal
By Air: Hyderabad International Airport is the closest airport to Warangal. It is located at a distance of 163 km from Warangal city and is well connected with all the major cities in India.
By Train: The railway station at Warangal is a key railway station and is well connected to all the major cities of India. Trains from Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi that pass through Warangal, make a stop here.
By Road: The Andhra Pradesh Road Transport public bus services connects Warangal with major cities in Andhra Pradesh. Many buses are available from Warangal to Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam. Private buses also ply between Warangal and other cities.
One of the major tourist sightseeing attractions in Warangal is the Pakhal Lake. This man-made lake is located in the Pakhal Sanctuary and covers an area of 30 sq. km. It gives a panoramic view of the entire region and tourists come here to spend time in absolute bliss. It is surrounded by dense, lush forests and is thus a perfect spot for picnics as well. It is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts as they can capture glimpses of animals like panthers, monitor lizards, crocodiles, sloth bears, pythons and wolves.
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Thousand Pillared Temple
A place to visit in Warangal is the Thousand Pillared Temple which is a historic Hindu temple. The residing deities in this temple include Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Surya. The temple gets its name from the thousand pillars in the temple, which have elaborate carvings on them. The architectural brilliance of this temple is absolutely mind blowing and you will be left amazed by its beauty.
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Warangal Fort is a major tourist sightseeing attraction in Warangal that you can't afford to miss. It is one of the excellent architectures in South Indian history. Although presently in ruins the fort still exudes splendour for those visiting here. You can still see the intricate carvings that are present on these ruins to this day.
Located close to the Warangal Fort is another place to visit in Warangal, namely the Rock Gardens. You can see structures of deer, giraffes, lions and other animals made out of rock here. What would really amaze the visitors is the skill with which these life like structures have been carved out. Tourists can also take some time out and relax in the garden that is present here.
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Bhadrakali Temple is one of the oldest temples in Warangal and the deity worshipped here is Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple stands on the banks of the Bhadrakali Lake. You can see the Goddess in all her glory, adorned with armours and her eight arms here. A natural rock formation surrounds the temple and adds to its visual beauty.
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The Padmakshi Temple in Warangal is dedicated to Goddess Padmakshi and is an ancient temple that is believed to have been constructed in the 12th century. There is a quadrangular column constructed from granite that stands at the entrance of the temple and is called as Annakonda Pillar. There are beautiful carvings and many a inscriptions on this pillar. Tourists are left to wonder and also appreciate the skill and workmanship it took to build such a column.