Category Archives: Telangana

Telangana tourism related information including its hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Falaknuma Palace, Palace Hotel, Heritage Hotel

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Falaknuma Palace is a Palace which was owned by Nizam of Hyderabad, which is now converted into a Heritage Hotel. It is situated at Hyderabad, India.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, HyderabadTaj Falaknuma Palace, a palace hotel at Hyderabad.

Falaknuma Palace is spread over 32 acres of land. It was opened in 1893 as a Palace and was converted to a Five Star hotel in 2010. This Palace is known as Taj Falaknuma Palace.

Taj Falaknuma Palace was constructed by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. Nawab was the prime minister of the then princely state of Hyderabad. He was the uncle and brother-in-law of the Nizam VI.

There are 60 rooms and 22 halls inside the Palace. There is a large collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s treasures. These include furniture, paintings, statues, manuscript and books. There is also an extensive collection of jades here.

The Billiards table at the palace was designed by Burroughs and Watts of England. There are only two such identical tables in the world; one at Buckingham Palace and the other at Falaknuma Palace. Carved walnut roofed library is a replica of the library at Windsor Castle.

The Dinning hall can seat 101 guests. Chairs are made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery.

The ballroom has a manually operated Organ, weighting around two Tons. It is the only one of its kind in the world.

How Do I Go to Falaknuma Palace?

Taj Falaknuma is situated at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad city. This Taj Palace Hotel is at around 5 kilometers distance from Charminar.

Hyderabad is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Hyderabad railway station is a major station in India. There is an international airport at the outskirts of Hyderabad which is well connected to the rest of the world.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Royal Bengal Tigers, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Fort Ruins

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Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.

Papikonda National Park, Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Safari Ride, River Trips

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Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 3 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari
Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari.

Papikonda national park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh state and Khammam district in Telangana state.

Papikonda wild life sanctuary & national park spread over 1000 square kilometers, is home to Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, spotted deer, sambar, bison, etc. The Bengal tiger is an Indian Tiger species and India’s national animal. Wild water buffaloes were seen till the 80’s; now they seems to be extinct from these areas.

The National park is situated along the right & left a banks of the river Godavari. The sight of River Godaveri meandering through the Gorges and deep forests in the National park will make you spellbound. There is a Museum and Environmental education center inside the national park. Safari ride and river trips are major activities for the tourists.

The kingdom of the Apes described in the Great epic of Ramayana (known as Kishkinda in Ramayana) is located here in this park. Sita was brought back from Lanka to this area with the help of locals here.

How Do I Go To Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary or Papikonda National Park?

Rajahmundry is the nearest major city to Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park. Rajahmundry railway station is located on the main Chennai – Delhi / Kolkotta route. Rajahmundry airport is the nearest airport to the national park and wildlife sanctuary. Visakhapatnam airport is at around 100 kilometers from the Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khammam is another nearby town to the national park. Warangal , and Suryapet are other major towns to the national park.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit the Papikonda National Park?

October to May are the Ideal months to visit Papikonda National park.

Hotels near Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park

Rajahmundry, Kannapuram and Maredumilli towns has government Forest rest houses for tourists. There are many hotels in the nearby towns of Rajahmundry, Warangal, Suryapet, etc.

Ananthagiri Hills Trekking, Temple, Caves, Medieval Life

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Ananthagiri Hills are situated at Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district of Telungana State, India. Ananthagiri Temple is a famous temple in the forests of Ananthagiri Hills.

Anantha giri hills, a tourist place and trekking destination near Vikarabad, Telungana, India
Anantha giri hills, a tourist place and trekking destination near Vikarabad, Telungana, India.

Musi river which flows through the city of Hyderabad originates here.

Ananthagiri hills trekking is very popular with trekking community. There are many Ancient caves and medieval fort remains, which shows that medieval life existed in these areas.

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Ananthagiri Hills, Telungana, India
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad, Telungana, India.

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is an ancient temple inside the Ananthagiri forests. The temple was constructed by Nawabs. Nawab means Muslim semi autonomous rulers of the then princely states of India. Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy (Lord Vishnu) is the deity at the temple. The temple and hills got its name from the deity’s name,

How Do I Go to Ananthagiri Hills?

Ananthagiri Hills are located at a distance of around 80 kilometers from Hyderabad city, via Chevella Road. The nearest international airport is at Hyderabad. Vizianagaram railway station is the nearest railway station to the hills, at 43 kilometers distance. Hyderabad and its twin city of Secunderabad are the nearest Major cities with railway connectivity.

Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple, Ramappa Temple

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Warangal is a historic city in Telungana state of India. Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa Temple are the main tourist places here. These three historic sites are tentative sites to be added to the World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Thousand Pillar Temple Ruins at Warangal

Thousand Pillar Temple at Warangal
Thousand Pillar Temple at Warangal.

Kakatiya dynasty rulers built many temples here. Thousand Pillar Temple is believed to be built between 1175–1324 C.E. and is proof to architectural skills of Kakatiyas. Tughlaq dynasty rulers desecrated this star-shaped temple. The temple ruins are on the Hanamkonda-Warangal Highway side. Thousand Pillar Temple is at 3 kilometers distance from the Warangal railway station.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu & Surya. The highlight of the temple is the 1000 pillars; but no pillar obstructs the view of God statues from the visitor. A monolithic Nandi bull carving is there in the temple complex. Temple is surrounded by a big Garden.

Warangal Fort Ruins

Warangal Fort Ruins
Warangal Fort Ruins.

Warangal Fort, a 12th century fort, was built by Kakatiya dynasty rulers to protect their capital city from enemies. This fort has 4 ornamental gates called Kakatiyan arch, which is incorporated into the Emblem of the recently formed Telangana state.

Koh-i-Noor diamond belonged to Prataparudra II of Kakatiya dynasty. He fought a tough battle with Malik Kafur , Genreal for Delhi Sultan, for around 6 months, in 1309. The Kohinoor diamond along with other valuables and an annual tribute payment were part of the truce agreement with Kafur, who was the general of Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji.

In the Later years, Sultan of Delhi attached Prataparudra II twice, as he avoided paying the annual tribute amount. In 1320, then Sultan of Delhi, Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq, sent his son Ulugh Khan to recover the defaulted tribute amount. After initial hiccups, he captured the fort and destroyed the capital city of Warrangel including the great Svayambhusiva Temple. Pratapa Rudra II surrendered. On his way to Delhi he died or committed suicide, on the banks Godavari River. The capital city of Warrangal was renamed as Sultanpur. Dehli Sultan ruled Sultanpur till 1335, which later on went into the hands of Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and then to Nizam of Hyderabad. The Fort was modified 15th & 17th centuries. Fort remains tops the list of visiting places in Warangal.

Ramappa Temple

Ramappa Temple near Warangal
Ramappa Temple near Warangal

Ramappa Temple is located in Palampet village, at a distance of 70 kilometers from Warangal city. 1213 A.D. inscriptions in the temple indicates that the temple was built by the Kakatiya ruler, Ganapati Deva. Walls, pillars & ceilings of the temple is known for its intricate carvings. A big Nandi statue still remains in good condition. The temple is still in good condition, except for the outer compound wall and some small structures inside the temple complex.

How Do I Go to Warangal?

Warangal railway station is the railway station in the city. The city is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad city outskirts is the nearest airport to Warrangal at 175 kilometers distance. (Warangal airport was closed in 1981.)

Bhadrachalam Temple of Lord Rama

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Bhadrachalam is a small town in Khammam District, Telangana state, India. It is a pilgrimage town for the Hindus as Bhadrachalam Temple, or Lord Sree Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple as it is called officially, a Lord Rama temple is situated here on the banks of Godavari river.

Bhadrachalam Temple at night
Bhadrachalam Temple at night

Bhadrachalam Temple is famous for the wedding anniversary celebrations of Lord Rama & his consort Goddess Sita takes place here on Rama Navami day(a Hindu festival day). Bhadrachalam is closesly linked with the Great Hindu Epic, Ramayana. Goddess Sita and Lakshmana (brother of Lord Rama or Sri Rama) were believed to have stayed near to Bhadrachalam at Parnasala. Lord Rama is believed to have crossed Godavari river on his way to Sri Lanka (to rescue Goddess Sita from Ravana), at the spot where the current Bhadrachalam temple stands, Kabirdas, a famous 15th century Indian saint & mystic poet is also associated with this temple.

Kancharla Gopanna, a Tahasildar and a 17th century saint composer is believed to have constructed the Bhadrachalam temple, with treasury funds. Knowing this the Sultan (King) imprisoned him at the Golconda Fort for 12 years. It is it believed that Lord Rama mystically returned the 6 lakh Mohurs, money spent by Gopanna to the King, exposing themselves as Ramoji and Laxmoji. Gopanna became Bhadrachala Ramadasa, who has composed many songs in praise of God Rama.

How Do I Go to Bhadrachalam Temple?

Bhadrachalam Temple is at a distance of 312 kilometers east of Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. There is a state government bus station here. ‘Bhadrachalam Road’ railway station is the nearest railway station to the temple town at a distance of around 40 kilometers. Dornakal Junction at 105 kilometers distance, is another major railway station which is well connected with other parts of the country. Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest airport to this Lord Rama Temple at around 180 kilometers away.