Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple & Ramappa Temple at Warangal

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

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.

Goutam Buddha Statue in Hussain Sagar Lake and The Heart of the World

Hussain Sagar Lake is a 5.7 square kilometer lake, which separates the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A 18-meter high white granite monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha, weighing 350 tons was installed on the Gibraltar Rock in the middle of the Lake in 1992.

Gautama Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar Lake
Gautama Buddha statue in Hussain Sagar Lake.

Hussain Sagar Lake was built in 1563 by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. ruler of the kingdom of Golconda from 1550 to 1580. The lake was designed by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali and hence got its name. The lake gets its waters through a canal from river Musi.

UNWTO, World Tourism Organization, has declared this heritage lake as the ‘Heart of the World’ in 2012 on the occasion of the World Tourism day. UNWTO described the lake as “World’s largest heart mark, the world’s wonderful heart mark & the world’s heritage heart mark”. (Please click the link in the fist sentence of this para, to see the declaration.)

Birla Mandir at Hyderabad near Hussain Sagar Lake
Birla Mandir at Hyderabad near Hussain Sagar Lake.

The Tank Bund road along the shores of the lake is a major tourist spot with many landmarks like Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, Sanjeevaiah Park, NTR Gardens, Tomb of Saidani Maa Sahebaa, Patton Tank (one among the war trophies of India ), etc.

World’s Tallest Monolith Statue of Gautam Buddha

World’s tallest monolith statue of Lord Buddha is inside the lake on the Hussain Sagar Island. Hussain sagar buddha statue accident, in which 10 people were killed, happened during transportation of the statue of Gautam Buddha to Gibraltar Rock in the island. The Goutam Buddha statue which fell into the lake. Bhagwan Buddha statue was salvaged after 2 years and was erected on a concrete platform measuring 15 feet in Hussain Sagar Island inside the lake. There are boat services to the the lake, to see this magnificent Statue of siddhartha buddha or Bhagwan Buddha or Lord Buddha. Boat ride takes around 15 minutes.

Yacht Club of Hyderabad

The Yacht Club is situated inside Sanjeevaiah Park, located north of the lake. The yacht club gives sailing and Kayaking training to youths. Sailing Boat and Sailing Gear of different types like Kayak, Lasers, Optimists (for children), Omegas, etc. are there in the Yacht Club of Hyderabad. The club has its own safety & rescue vessels.

How Do I Go to Hussain Sagar Lake?

The Lake is situated at the heart of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations are the nearest major railway stations to the lake. Hyderabad International airport is the nearest airport to the Lake. Ramoji Filmcity is at a distance of around 32 kilometers from this Lake.

Ramoji Film City – World’s Largest Film Studio

Ramoji Film City is the Largest Integrated Film City spread over 1666 acres of Land on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. Guinness Record for the worlds largest film studio is in the name of Ramoji Film City.
Ramoji Film City Entrance
Ramoji Film City Entrance

Ramoji Film City is famous among the tourists to Hyderabad. There are a lot of attractions including an amusement park inside the film city at Hyderabad.

There are different Ramoji film city tour package. Ramoji film city timings are from 9 am to 5.30 pm for most of the packages and up to 7 pm for certain package tours. Ramoji film city ticket price depends on the package you select. General Day Tour package costs INR 1000 for an adult and INR 900 for a Child, as on the date of writing. The prices are subject to change and you can get the updated Ramoji film city ticket price details from the website link given at the beginning of this paragraph. You can also book tickets online at the film city website.

Ramoji film city tour package may take you to the film shooting locations inside the film studio. You may come across Indian film stalwarts like Amitabh Batchen, Salman Khan, Sharukh Knan, Kabali Rajnikanth or his son-in-law and actor Dhanush, Kamal Hassan, Ajay Devgn, Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan, Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun, Mahesh Babu, Mamooty, Mohanlal, etc, to name a few.

How Do I Go to Ramoji Film City?

Ramoji City is at Anaspur Village, on the Outer Ring Road (Phase 2). Hyderabad Film city is at a distance of 25 kilometers from Hyderabad city, via NH 65.

What About Accommodation Inside Ramoji Film City?

There is a Luxury hotel, Economy hotel and even group sharing accommodation available inside this Largest Integrated Film city in the World. Sitara hotel is a luxury hotel , whereas Tara hotel Ramoji is an Economy hotel. Vasundhara Villa is best suited for group travelers like Friends & Family. Shantiniketan is for those looking out for Economic accommodation inside the premises of the film city. Sahara is an air-conditioned sharing accommodation with 12 beds in one room, mainly for the budget conscious group travelers and families. Individuals can go for a single bed accommodation at Sahara for low rates. Few good quality restaurants are there inside the Ramoji Film City.

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad Famous for Musical Clock

Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad city is one among the three National Art Museums in India.

Salar Jung Museum
Salar Jung Museum on the banks of Musi River at Hyderabad.

This Museum has the largest collection of antiques belonging to one single person. SalarJung Museum’s huge collection of sculptures, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts,clocks, paintings, carpets, furniture, etc, were sourced from Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949), former Prime minister of the 7th Nizam (erstwhile ruler of the princely state) of Hyderabad. There were much more valuable items in his collection. Few of such priceless collection items from the national museum are believed to have been siphoned off by his employees. Some other items were siphoned off during the transfer of the collection from the original museum Diwan Deodi to the present museum Salar Jung Museum.

Salar Jung Museum Collections

Some of the priceless items in the Museum includes Raja Ravi Varma Paintings, Sword of Great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Great Mysore King Tipu Sultan‘s wardrobe , gold and diamond made Tiffin box, etc, to name a few. Jade crafted daggers belonging to the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and Emperor Shah Jahan (son of Jehangir) and Noorjahan (wife of Jehangir and step-mother of Shah Jahan) are also part of the collection at the Museum on the banks of Musi river .

Salar Jung Museum Clock

Salar Jung museum clock is a musical clock which is very popular with the tourists. This 19th century Musical clock has a bearded man‘s toy figure on the left side of the clock, which comes out from the enclosure exactly three minutes before every hour. On completion of each hour, this bearded man strikes the bell as per the number of the hour. i.e The Bearded toy man strikes the Bell 10 times at 10 O’Clock. There is another bearded man on the right side, who strikes every second.

How Do I Go to Salar Jung Museum?

Salar Jung Museum is at the heart of Hyderabad city and is well connected by roads. Hyderabad and its twin city, Secunderabad are well connected by train services to the rest of the country. There is an International airport at the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Salar Jung Museum Timings

Timings of Salar Jung national Museum are from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., except Wednesdays, which is a holiday for the Museum.