Warangal is a city in the south Indian state of Telangana. It has a rich historical background and heritage as it was once the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty (between 12th to 14th centuries) and still consists of various monuments from these periods which stand strong to this day.
Warangal has many interesting places to see and spend time at, such as:
- Pakhal Lake
- Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary
- Laknavaram lake
If you are planning a trip to Warangal, do not forget to pay a visit to these below listed places :
- Thousand Pillar Temple – As the name suggests, this temple has thousand pillars! It is an ancient temple, which also consists of a huge monolith Nandi (a sacred Bull)
- Ramappa Temple
- Warangal Fort
- Bhadrakali Temple
- Govindarajula Gutta – A hill surrounded by dense forestation, with a temple dedicated to Lord Ram on top of it
- Kakatiya Rock Garden
- Padmakshi Temple
- Siddeshwara Temple
- ISKCON Temple
- Sri Vidya Saraswati Shani Temple
- Inavolu Mallanna Temple
- Rayaparthy Shiva Temple
Best to visit in the city is:
- Warangal District Archaeological Museum
The major festivals celebrated in Warangal include the following:
- Maha Shivaratri – A festival dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, where people observe fasts and pray to the Lord.
- Bathukamma – A festival celebrating Telangana’s cultural identity; majorly celebrated by the women here.
- Ugadi – A harvest festival that also marks the beginning of a new year according to the Telugu calendar; this is celebrated all over the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
- Bonalu – A Hindu festival celebrated in July/August every year in Telangana; on this occasion, Goddess Mahankali is worshiped.
- Navratri and Dussehra – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped – Navaratri is the first 9 days and the 10th day is Dussehra.
- Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival.
- Peerla Pandaga/Muharram – A Muslim festival during which a relic called Alam is taken out as a procession at an area called Ashurkhana, which represents a group of Sufi Shrines. Muslims across Telangana participate in it by gathering together in the procession and chanting “Ya Hussain”.
- Christmas – A Christian festival commemorating birth of Jesus; most Christians and Hindus also celebrate this famous festival here.
Warangal has many good markets where people can shop for clothes, jewelry, fancy accessories, handicrafts (traditional Indian) and so on:
- M and S Shopping Zone
- Lepakshi Handicrafts Centre
- Warangal City Centre
- Nirmala Mall
- Maangalya Shopping Mall
Warangal currently doesn’t have a local train system but a metro system called Warangal Metro has been proposed to serve the city as a mass transportation system soon, with a stretch of 15 kilometers, from Kazipet railway station to Warangal railway station through its suburbs, connecting different areas within Warangal city.
The food in Warangal is mostly spicy and it has various vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies. The local specialties here include:
- Laskora Unda
- Dum Biryani
- Pickles (Avakaya)
- Pacchi Pulusu
- Sarva Pindi
- Golichina Maamsam
…and a lot more!
Some of the best restaurants in the city to dine at are as follows:
- Hotel Vaishnavi Grand
- Kalinga Dhaba
- Hungry Birds
- Manu Restaurant
- Haveli (multi-cuisine restaurant)
- Hotel Shreya
- Laxmi Lagoons Kitchen
- Seasons Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
- Brundavan Dhaba
Here are some of good hotels in Warangal for a comfortable stay:
- Hotel Crystal
- Vishnu Residency
- Mitra Residency
- Hotel Prime Inn
- Sindhu Lodge
- Hotel Swetha
- New Geetha Bavan Hotel
Warangal also has some good nightclubs and bars, such as:
- Victoria Restaurant & Bar
- Kaveri Bar & Restaurant
- Elixir Bar & Restaurant
- Warangal STD Code – 0870 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police Control room – 100
- Police Control room – 100
- Fire Emergency – 101
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Women Helpline – 181
- Ambulance/Medical help – 102, 108
Telugu is the official language of Warangal.
- Welcome - Susvaagatam
- How are you? - Meeru aelaa unnaaru?
- What's your name? - Mee paeraemandi?
- Where are you from? - Meeday vooru?
- Good morning - Shubhodayam
- Good afternoon - Shubha dhinan