The ancient capital of the Kakatiyas, a 12th century Andhra dynasty, Warangal has beautiful lakes and temples rich in antiques and relics and is teeming with wildlife. The ruins of Warangal’s fort display the traces of the outer wall and the four stone gateways (‘sanchar’) of the inner wall. The 12th century thousand-pillared temple is the most famous of all the attractions of Warangal. Now a commercial and industrial center, Warangal has been identified as Worakalli, the 8th century capital of the Adeva Rajas of Tuluva Andhra or Telengana. Warangal or Varankal is said to be by the name of Orugallu or Omtikonda in the ancient times on account of a hillock situated near the Swayambhu Siva Temple called ‘Ekasilanagaram’. The city has found reference in the travel diaries of Marco Polo.
It is assumed that the Prola Raja of great Kakatiya Kingdom built this beautiful town in 12th century and given the incredible status of the Capital city. The Kakatiyas who ruled more than 200 years left many grandeur monuments, architectural marvels like Warangal fort, a Shiva temple known as Swayambhu temple and many such ancient structures. Travel diaries of great traveler Marco Polo had mentions of this great city.
Present Warangal attracts many tourists thanks to Warangal’s important history, exquisite monuments, grand temples, superb gardens, beautiful lakes, andsanctuaries with rich fauna & flora. The Main draw of tourists in the city include Warangal Fort, the 13th century star shaped Shiva temple, Bhadrakali temple and the thousand pillared temple. Wildlife Sanctuaries at Pakhal and Eturnagaram and Pakhal Lake are other tourist spots which are worth visiting. Natural beauty with magnificent man made structures leaves Warangal with an enviable spot in the tourist map of India.
The main hotels have some of the best restaurants in the city and serve both south Indian as well as north Indian food.
There are also many dhabas and bars & restaurants. The food quality is the best, and have the authentic ‘Dhaba’ taste.
Fine example of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture, it was built by Rudra Deva in 1163. The star-shaped temple has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. It is famous for richly carved pillars, delicate screens, elaborate and detailed sculpture and the black basalt monolith of Nandi along with a lovely polished finish.
Rail: Warangal is well connected to many of the major cities of India by rail. It falls under the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways. Kazipet Junction Railway Station in Kazipet, about 13 km from Warangal