Warrangal is a major tourist destination located towards the north
east of Hyderabad city. The place constitutes an ancient district
situated some 150 kilometres from the famous capital of Andhra
Pradesh state. There is a direct railway line and a major road from
Hyderabad that leads to the township.
Warrangal is an ancient district and used to serve as the capital
of Kakatiyan empire in the twelfth and thirteenth century. The city
was ruled by different dynasties the impressions of which are still
found in the art and architecture of the place. The characteristic
blend found in many attractions is attributed to the great Hindu and
Muslim dynasties that used to rule Warrangal. Historian,
archaeologists and tourists find it awesome. The beauty and grandeur
presented by the monuments at Warrangal is amazing, it reveals the
brilliance reached at the time when there was not even the concept
of paper and pen.
The historic monuments and forts are real attractions at Warrangal.
The city has a plethora of such attractions dating back to early
twelfth century when development was at its zenith. The Thousand
Pillars temple, Badrakali Temple, Rammapa Temple, Vemulawada Temple,
Jain Temple and Someswara Temple highlight the architectural
brilliance reached during the ancient period. Thousand Pillars
Temple, built with basalt is a live specimen left by Kakatiya and
Chalukya rulers. The splendid carvings and inscriptions is all but
inviting. Many of these palces are considered as sacred and as such
visited by a lot of pilgrims. Kolanupuka, an ancient religious
centre of Jains is more than a monumental place. Some of the
treasures from this site are housed in the Kolanupuka Museum.
Buses and trains are the convenient means of reaching Warrangal
from Hyderabad city. The distance being about 150 kms, it takes
about four hours by bus. The availability of buses is not an issue
as a large number of private operators provide the service. By train
it takes lesser time and an early start can get you back to the city
the same day.
Hotel Vijaya and Hotel Venkateshwara are two accommodation
providers located near the Warrangal Railway Station. There are many
other cheap lodges available in the vicinity.