Warangal Fort

Warangal is a major historical place in Telangana. We planned to take a trip to Warangal from Hyderabad, it took us around 3.5 hours to reach there. It was a one day trip for us and we went to Warangal fort, the Bhadrakali Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa temple.

Warangal is declared as a heritage site by Government of India and it was known as Orugallu during Kakatiya Dynasty. It has many constructions that tell about the great contribution of Kakatiya dynasty to our history. Warangal is the second most important city of Telangana after Hyderabad. It has attracted archeologist, history lover, geologist and also made tourist more curious to explore the place.

Must visit places in Warangal

Warangal Fort – Witness The Splendour Of Kakatiya Dynasty

Warangal Fort is a marvelous construction, and a masterpiece, of kakatiya dynasty, was built in the 13th century. Warangal fort is totally in ruins now, some remains are only there which we can admire. The most popular part on the site is now the four gates of the fort which are 30feet in height and have intricate carving which consists of Lord Vishnu carried by Garuda and surrounded by attendants, these are carved out of single stone representing the south Indian architectural style. The gates are also known as Kirti toranas and are very symmetrical. Warangal fort was built in the area of 19 km and the area is represented by around 45 pillars. Warangal fort has three security layers or walls, which created a strong defense. The first wall of the Warangal fort is a wall the ground with a diameter of 2.4 km and around this wall, there is a moat 150 feet wide. The second wall is of 1.21 km in diameter, made of granite stone which is closely fitted together without mortar, featuring another sign of an architectural masterpiece.  The third wall is mud of 12.5 km in diameter. It encircles the main city of Warangal.

Entry gate of fort
Entry gate of fort
Entry gate of fort
Entry gate of fort

Warangal Fort

Kakatiya dynasty has its emergence in 12-13th century. No one in India has been so rich and talented in carving the miniature as the kakatiya dynasty was especially in south India. Also, we will not be finding the fort wall so intricately carved as it was done by them. The carving on fort wall conveys the culture of Kakatiyas. The construction of the fort was planned by Ganpati Deva but his daughter Rudhra Devi completed the fort. There are various pillars in the fort which has joints representing the queen’s bangle and have the design of queens waist belt and necklace as the theme of the narration on the stone. The fort is built with granite rock, which the hardest available rock on the earth still the carving and polished is very beautiful, even during the medieval period.

Timings: 10:00 A.M. to 19:00 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 15 per person

Ideal duration of visit: 1.5 hours

How to reach: Well connected via road and is 5 km from Warangal station so auto rickshaw is easily available.

Note: Avoid going to the fort when its too hot, November to mid-January is the best time to visit the place. There is a separate charge for a camera. Don’t expect to see a fort like structure as there are no such things, only some remains are there such as pillars, some god statue and destroyed temple remains.

Bhadrakalli temple

Bhadrakali temple (Source)

Bhadrakalli temple is one of the oldest temples in India by the side of Bhadrakali lake. Temple is constructed on a hilltop and lake by its side, thus providing a great view and immense peace. The main deity of the temple is goddess Bhadrakali in sitting position. It is an ancient temple which was originally built by Chalukyas in 625 AD and was renovated by Sri Ganapathi Sasthri in the 1950s.  The square pillars, used in the temple structure represent that construction is done by Chalukyas, are different from the circular pillars commonly used in temples constructed by Kakatiyas. The Kakatiya kings had adopted Goddess Bhadrakali as their “Kula Devatha”. The lake beside temple was built later by Ganapathi Deva, a minister in Kakatiya Dynasty.

Timings: 5:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 to 8:00

Entry Fee: No entry charge

Ideal duration of visit: 1 hours (depends on when you are going)

How to reach: Well connected via road and is 5 km from Warangal station so auto rickshaw is easily available.

Note: Photography is prohibited inside temple, also avoid going to temple when its too hot

Thousand pillar temple

The thousand pillar temple in Hanamkonda is constructed by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD is one of the finest specimen built by Kakatiya dynasty. The temple has three main deities Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. The temple is star-shaped architecture and is supported by thousands of richly carved pillar. There is elephant carving on several pillars, though the dimension of the pillars is different they all are ornated beautifully. There is a huge monolith Nandi statue in the temple made of black basalt and has a wonderful polished finish. The temple is built using the sandboxing technique, where a huge pit is dug and then is filled with sand head and then covered by rock beam. Then on his strong platform temple is built. You can clearly see the temple and can sit on its platform for some time if you want to enjoy the amazing architecture.

Thousand pillar temple Thousand pillar temple

Timings: 5:30 A.M.  to 9:00 p.m.

Entry Fee: No entry charge

Ideal duration of visit: 1 hours

How to reach: Well connected via road and is 6 km from Warangal station so auto rickshaw is easily available. It is situated in the main city of Warangal.

Note: Photography is allowed everywhere except inside the region of the main deity shrine.

Ramappa Temple

Ramapa temple warangalRamappa Temple is in Palampet village in Mulug Taluk. This is an important part of Warangal tourism because of its historical significance and architectural richness. It was also built by kakatiya Dynasty using the sand technology for the foundation, their idea of using sand is to keep the climate inside the temple cool but dues to this technology most of the heavy pillars are now dislocated. Almost all of the temple are given named of diety but Ramappa temple got its name from its sculptor Ramappa, this makes the temple more unique. This temple reached through the lush green field which used to be royal garden earlier. The temple is made of floating bricks. At the entrance of Garbhagriha, there is a statue in dancing form with various meaning and they depict different meaning. One of them shows broken necklace so other shows a dancer with a sad face because her sole of the foot is pricked. The carving on the stone in Ramappa temple is so fine that even a needle can pass through it no matter how miniature the design was. It is an impeccable and royal looking temple of the medieval period.  It took 40 years to complete the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The platform of the temple if 6 feet high and the lord shiva shiv linga is placed at 9 feet height. Ramappa temple has its foundation in shape of a star that why it is also called as the brightest star of the galaxy in the medieval times. There is a statue of Nandi in front of Shiva Linga and there is a series of the elephant carved around the temple which depicts the tradition of the elephant walking around the temple after prayers. The elephants are 523 in numbers and each of them is different from others.

Entry Fee: No entry charge

Ideal duration of visit: 1.5 hours

How to reach: It is located around 67 km away from Warangal. Public buses are available from Warangal at regular interval to reach Ramappa temple.

Note: Photography is prohibited allowed everywhere except inside the region of the main deity shrine.

Pakhal Lake

Pakhal lake is man-made, highly picturesque location, the situation among the lush green forests and hills. The lake also has a wildlife sanctuary located nearby. The lake was built by King Ganapati in 1213 AD during the reign of Kakatiya Dynasty. It is a good place for birdwatchers. There is an option of boating also.

Pakhal Lake Telangana (source)

 

 

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