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Warangal Andhra Pradesh

Warangal, the fourth largest city of Andhra Pradesh is 150 km from the capital, Hyderabad and famous for its architecture and remains. There is a famous fort known as Warangal Fort which has two circles of fortifications. Outer portion of this fort is made of earth with a moat and inner portion is made of stone. There is a popular ruined temple in this city known as Swayambhu, dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is another Shiva temple from the fourteenth century which is in a much better shape. Also inside the citadel is the Shirab Khan, or Audience Hall, an early eleventh-century building very similar to Mandu's Hindola Mahal. On the main road, you will find thousand pillared Shiva temple which is a fine example of Chalukyan style and constructed by King Rudra Deva in 1163. On top of the hill, there is a temple known as Bhadrakali temple. Warangal is also known for its culture, festivals and cuisine. Every year thousands of visitors come here in Warangal to visit these ancient and old temples.

Tourist Attractions in Warangal
Warangal Fort : Warangal fort is a famous tourist attraction, located 12 km from Hanamakonda. This fort was built before 13th century by Kakatiya King, Ganapati Deva and his daughter, Rudramma. There are several sculptures in the fort which are worth watching.

Bhadra Kali Temple : This beautiful temple is situated on a hilltop and known for its stone image of the Goddess Kali. She is depicted with eight arms and carries a weapon in each hand.

Thousand Pillar Temple : Thousand Pillar Temple of Warangal is a fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture. This famous temple was built by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. Richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculptures of this temple are very famous.

Sri Veeranarayana Temple : Temple of Sri Veeranarayana in Warangal was built in Chalukyan style around in 1104 AD. This is a Jain temple which is converted into a Vaishnava shrine.

Jain Mandir : This is 2000 years old Jain Temple of Lord Mahaveer and famous for its beautiful images of Thirthankaras. There is a beautiful 5 foot high Mahavira image, carved of Jade.

Ramappa Temple : Ramappa Temple is also known by the name of Ramalingeswara temple. This temple is situated in Palampet village and built in 1213 AD. This beautiful temple shows the glory and richness of the Kakatiya kingdom.

Pakhal Lake : Pakhal Lake was built in 1213 AD by Kakatiya King, Ganapathidev. This is a manmade lake which is located around 50 km from Warangal and spreads over an area of 30 sq km.

Kolanupaka Museum : Kolanupaka Museum is famous museum of Warangal. This museum houses a sculptural gallery which exhibits artifacts from the various historical monuments of Kolanupaka.

Culture of Warangal
Warangal is a beautiful city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telugu is the language spoken by the majority. Women in Warangal use to wear both traditional attire like Saree and Dhoti and modern dress. Poets of Warangal are very famous and they have contributed several things in Telegu literature. Folk dance and singing of Warangal is also very famous. Nerella Venu Madhav, father of Indian mimicry also relates from this place. The famous Telugu Film music director Chakri is also from Warangal district. Warangal is also known for its architecture and ancient temples and monuments which are the best examples of Chalukayan style.

Festivals in Warangal
All the major festivals of India are celebrated in Warangal like Bathukamma festival, Dussera, Deepavali and Sankranti. The most famous festival of Warangal is Bathukamma festival and celebrated by the women worshipping the goddess for nine days with various flowers. Warangal also hosts a fair known as Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara which is celebrated after every two years. This is said that this fair is attended by around 6 million people over three days. This fair is celebrated in a small village of Medaram and said to be the largest repeating aggregation of tribal communities in the whole world. After Kumbha Mela of India, it is second biggest congregation in Asian continent. Bonalu and Bathukamma festivals are also celebrated here. Every year in Mandi Bazaar in the month of Ramzan you will see the Muslims celebrating these days with serving famous Haleem dish, foods, sweets and Seviyan. Fatima Feast is celebrated on February 12 and 13 by Catholic Christians.

Cuisine in Warangal
Like other cities of Andhra Pradesh, Warangal is also famous for its delicious cuisine. There are several famous hotels and restaurants in Warangal which offer you a list of delicious foods. There are several variety of foods which is too difficult to find anywhere accept in South India. Some of the famous cuisines of Warangal are mirchi bajji (mirapakaya bajji), mamidikaya pacchadi (pickle) and gongura pickle which are traditional spicy style meals. Some of the common dishes of South India are also available here such as Idli, Upma, Dosa, and Puri. Chakilams are very popular dish which are prepared during the festival sankranti. Aalugadda pulusu and Pachchi Pulusu are also very popular dishes from Warangal.

How to Reach Warangal
By Air : Nearest International Airport to Warangal is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad which is around 160 km away from Warangal.

By Rail : Warangal is well connected to several famous and major cities of India with its rail heads. Warangal has Kazipet Junction Railway station about 13 km which is well connected with all the major lines and cities of India.

By Road : Warangal is also well connected with all the major cities of India with its roads. Warangal is well connected some of the famous cities like Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Tirupathi, Anantapur, Hubli, Belgaum, Guntur, Vijaywada, Cherial, Jangaon, Kodad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Suryapet, Palampet, Jagtial, Mahabubabad, Narsampet, Parkal, Khammam, Bhadrachalam and Basar. Several deluxe buses and cars run from Warangal to catch other cities of India.