Warangal is a very beautiful place located 148 kilometers north of Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. In Telangana, it is second to only Hyderabad in popularity. It is visited by tourists from all over the country and from abroad as well. In February,2013 Warangal was accorded with the status of world heritage place by UNESCO.
Warangal has had a rich history. It was the capital of Kakatiya kingdom, ruled by Kakatiya dynasty from 12th century to 14th century. The kakatiyas built many monuments including an impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, the famous Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva and many other monuments. The place was also mentioned by famour traveler Marco Polo for its cultural and administrative distinctions. Later Warangal became part of the Mughal empire under Aurangzeb.
The place has predominantly hot and dry climate. Tourists can reach there by air as the nearest airport Rajiv Gandhi International Airport located in Hyderabad is only 160 km away. Warangal is connencted to many major Indian cities through rail and reaching there is quite easy.
The major tourist attractions in Warangal are the thousand pillar temple, Warangal fort, Pakala lak, Ramappa and the Bhadrakali temple. Warangal is also famous ‘Sammakka Saralamma Jatara’ congregation hosted bi-annually for over three days. Around 6 million people gather for this congregation. This fair is said to be largest repeating congregation of tribal communities in the whole world. It is believed to commemorate the valiant fight put up by a mother daughter duo against a Kakatiya king over an unjust law.
The place holds immense beauty and knowledge within itself. One must travel to Warangal to feel the connection with our history and culture.