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.
Padmakshi Temple is an ancient construction that dates back to the first quarter of the 12th century. It is a temple that is devoted to Goddess Padmakshi. It is admired by tourists and locals alike for the sheer majestic nature of its architecture along with its religious significance.
At the entrance of the temple, a quadrangular column constructed with granite black rock is found. This is called the Annakonda Pillar. Carvings and inscription work done on the pillar have led many to believe that this was originally a shrine of the Jain faith made in dedication to the Jain Goddess Kdalalaya.
The surfaces of the pillar are stunning to examine, and groups of visitors can be seen appreciating the workmanship behind this construction at all times of the year.
The Thousand Pillared Temple is a historic Hindu Temple where the residing deities comprise of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Surya. The Kakatiya King, Rudra Deva built the Temple in 1163 A.D and the religious construction gets its name due to it being made out of a thousand pillars, all elaborately carved.
Impressive doorways, the afore-mentioned pillars and ceilings with inscriptions make the Temple another one of Warangal’s popular destinations. The presence of the Hanumakonda Hills in the background adds to the visual beauty of the Temple.
A huge Nandi Bull placed at its entrance is believed to have been carved out of a highly polished black basalt monolith. The Thousand Pillared Temple is by and large considered to be the pinnacle of the Kakatiyan style of architecture and ranks among the oldest Temples in South India.
Govindarajula Gutta is a holy place for the practitioners of the Hindu faith. A popular tourist attraction, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the top of the hill (‘Gutta’ in Telugu) while a temple in the name of the Lord’s most prominent devotee, Lord Hanuman is located under it.
Steps that amount to a hundred in number are to be climbed in order to reach the top of the hill, and it is advisable to take extreme care as the steps are sculpted out of rock and quite risky to manoeuver.
During the Sree Rama Navami festival, Govindarajula Gutta sees its most popular period and throngs of devotees can be seen in the vicinity. A huge Ratham (or Chariot) made of precious materials rests on top of the hill, and this is believed to have been built by the Hazaris of Warangal.
Pakhal Lake is an artificial (man-made) lake situated in the Pakhal sanctuary close to Warangal City. Believed to have been constructed in 1213 A.D by the Kakatiya King Ganapathidev, the lake encompasses an area of 30 sq km.
A breathtaking, panoramic view coupled with the prospect of spending hours in isolated bliss makes Pakhal Lake an extremely popular retreat for tourists. It is located in the midst of pristine hilly terrain and dense, lush forests and serves as a picnic spot for thousands of people around the year.
The Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary runs around the lake’s shorelines, and a variety of flora and fauna can be seen here. Panthers, monitor lizards, crocodiles, sloth bears, pythons and wolves are some of the wildlife that one can feast their eyes upon at the sanctuary. All in all, it covers an area of 839 sq km.
Rock Garden is located close to the Warangal Fort Temple and attracts a number of visitors looking for a nice spot to relax. Rock structures of deer, sambars, giraffes, lions and antelopes among others can be seen maintained within the Rock Garden. The life-like nature of these structures is yet another testament to the ability of the sculptors who practiced their trade around the area.
A variety of roses, lilies and other flowers along with a number of different kinds of trees are also present in the garden. Playing grounds aimed at attracting children are in operation here as well, and the evenings are jam packed at this location, with the local people and tourists arriving in large numbers.
Those interested in nature or just looking for a leisurely stroll should definitely make it a point to visit this extremely beautiful and well-maintained locale.
Bhadrakali Temple is one of the oldest temples made in devotion to Goddess Bhadrakali in the country. Believed to have been constructed by King Pulakesi II of the Chaluka dynasty around 625 A.D, it is located on the banks of the Bhadrakali Lake.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Bhadrakali (or Kali) is revered as the Mother Goddess and the deity worshipped in the Temple can be seen adorned with armours in all eight arms.
During the rule of Ala-ud-din Khilji and his successors, the temple fell into a dilapidated state, but renovation work done in the middle part of the 20th century has ensured that one of the most important surviving monuments that showcase the Chalukya architectural style remains intact.
A number of natural rock formations surround the temple and help add to the visual beauty of the place of worship, especially during the time of sunset.
Warangal Planetarium (also called Prataparuda Planetarium) is located in Warangal and aims to create awareness regarding astronomy among the cross section of society. Regularly organized shows at the Planetarium look to package education and entertainment together while throwing light on the facts and figures that the universe holds.
The Warangal Planetarium emphasizes on the need for scientific thinking, especially among the younger generation and serves as the ideal outing for those who have inquisitive children.
During the months of summer, a visit to the Planetarium in the afternoon is a good idea to get away from the scorching heat, and sightseeing in the evening after a show here is a better alternative to slugging it out outside in the harshest part of the day.