is situated about 150 km in north-east of Hyderabad. Warangal
was once the capital of the Kakatiya kingdom which spanned the
greater part of present-day Andhra Pradesh from the latter half
of the 12th century until it was conquered by Tughlaqs of Delhi
early in 14th century. Warangal's history, beautiful lakes, fine
temples and rich fauna and flora, have contributed to its importance
as a tourist centre. The Hindu Kakatiyas were great builders and
patrons of the arts, and it was during their reign that the Chalukyan
style of temple architecture and decoration reached the pinnacle
of its development. There is a colourful wool market a couple
of hundred meters past the bus stand.
is famous for its thousand pillar temple - a specimen of the Chalukya
architecture. The fort was built by the Kakatiyas, who ruled between
12th and 14th centuries. Ruins of the mud-brick fort survive in
certain portions. Kakatiyas held Golconda prior to the advent
of the Qutb Shahis and their original mud fort atop the
Golconda hill was replaced with stone fortifications. The great
temple at Hanamkonda was built on the slopes of the hill in 1163
by Rudra Deva. It carries some exquisitely carved pillars. The
monolithic Nandi sits on guard at the entrance which also has
rock cut statues of elephants on either side. The Warangal fort
was conquered by Muhammad Tughlaq in the 14th century suffering
much destruction. The free standing gateway in the Buddhist tornan
style is the most magnificent structure of its kind.
of the Warangal
Altitude: 1,700 feet
Best Season: September to February.
Temperature: (deg C) Summer- Max 39.6, Min 23.2; Winter-
Max 30, Min 13.5.
Rainfall: 82.5cms (June to September).