Warangal was known as”Ekashila or Orugallu” during medieval period and for some time it turned “Sultanpur”, name was given by Muhammad bin Tughlaq (1325- 1351 A.D). It is surrounded by hills, among these Hanamkonda hill is famous. Warangal had the distinction of being the capital of Kakatiya kingdom and most important centre for Telugu Culture.
Warangal Fort: It’s exterior wall was made up of Mud, built by Ganapatideva in 13th century A.D and was strengthen by his daughter Rudramba, only lady who ruled over Andhra region. Swayambhu Alayam was constructed with in the fort. This specialized fort with number of towers, pillars and arches settled within a radius of almost 19 km.
Khushmahal: The place where royal ceremonies used to held, built by Shitab Khan.
Thousand Pillar Temple: This popular monument was built by the king Rudra deva in the year 1163 A.D, an excellent example of Innovation in the construction style. This Star shaped shrine is also known as Trikutalayam as the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. 6 feet high monolithic Nandi is the special attraction in the temple premises.
Art and Architecture of Kakatiya period was at its peak and reflected in four entrance gateways (Thoranas) to the warangal and especially Nandi statues were well carved with fine designs. Ramappa and Ghanpur temples are other additions to the warangal circuit. Bhadra Kali temple in the warangal is an important pilgrim centre.
Thoranas are the finest, unique and significant forms of Architecture belong to Kakatiya period.
Warangal is famous for Carpet and Weaving industry.
Pakhal Lake: Excavated during Kakatiya period surrounded by nature beauty (Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary). Located 70 km from Warangal. Famous for migratory birds and is home to wild animals. Winter is the best time.
Kolanupaka: 50 km from Warangal is famous for fusion of history and religion. It was the capitol of Kalyani Chalukyas. Place was famous for veera Saiva sect and Jainism. Ancient Jain Temples which are over 2000 years old made this place a great pilgrim centre for Jains.
How to Reach Warangal: 150 km from the Hyderabad. It is well connected by Rail and Road network. It falls under Chennai – New Delhi main route.