31 Districts of Telangana
The name "Telangana" refers to the word Trilinga Desa, earned due to the presence of three ancient Shiva Temples at Kaleshwaram, Srisailam, and Draksharamam. A more historical reasoning is that during the reign of Nizams, the region was known as Telugu Angana to differentiate it from the areas where Marathi was spoken.
Adilabad district is bounded on north by Yeotmal and Chanda districts of Maharashtra, on the east by Chanda district, on the south by Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts and on the west by Nanded district of Maharashtra State. The district has a population of 20,79,098 which accounts for 3.13% of the total population of the state. It ranks fifth rank in terms of area with an extent of 16128 sqkms.
The district derives its name from the town of Adilabad, named after the ruler of Bijapur, Ali Adil Shah. The district was ruled at different periods by dynasties namely the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Chalukyas of Badami, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyani, Mughals, Bhosle Rajas of Nagpur and AsafJahis, besides the Gond Rajas of Sirpur and Chanda.
The climate of the district is characterized by hot summer and is generally dry except during the south-west monsoon season. The Sahyadri or Satnala range traverses the district from the north-west to the south-east. In this range, the Mahbubghat is the highest peak. The most important river that drains the district is the river Godavari. The Penganga, Wardha, and Pranahita are other key rivers. The district is known for historic temples and nature hotspots, and several exotic waterfalls. The salubrious climate attracts tourists from all over.
Kawal Wildlife sanctuary, Kadem Dam, Kadile Papahareswara temple, Jainath Temple and Kalwa Narasimha Swamy temple are some of the popular destinations.
The district of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district was carved out of erstwhile Khammam district. The district shares boundaries with Bhoopalpally, Mahabubabad, Khammam districts and the states of AP and Chhattisgarh.Kothagudem is well connected through Bhadrachalam Road railway station.
Kothagudem district boasts of major industries. The district is endowed with a variety of important minerals, most importantly Coal. The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a Government coal mining company jointly owned by the Government of Telangana and Government of India, has its headquarters in Kothagudem.
There are many places of interest in this district such as Bhadrachalam, Kinnerasani, Parnashala etc. Bhadrachalam, a key town of pilgrimage importance, is located in Kothagudem district. The temple town of Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of Godavari River. The town shares its historical significance with Ramayana Era. The Kinnerasani project or the Dam is a storage reservoir constructed on the Kinnerasani River in the Godavari Basin at Yanamboil village of Palvoncha mandal. Kinnerasani River is an important tributary of the river Godavari. The scenic beauty created by the landscape along the Kinnerasani River is a panoramic one abutted by lush green landscape. Parnashala, a popular tourist place, is a village located in Dummugudem mandal. It is believed to be the place where Ravana abducted Goddess Sita.
Hyderabad District is a city-district in the state of Telangana which includes a part of the metropolitan capital city area of Hyderabad. It is the smallest in terms of area, among all the districts in the state, but has the highest human density.
Old MCH area, which forms the central region of Hyderabad city falls under this district. Hyderabad district was formed initially in the year 1948 followed by Police Action by merging the Atraf-a-Balda District and Baghat Districts. In the year 1978, Hyderabad district was later split into Hyderabad Urban District and Hyderabad Rural. Currently, Hyderabad Urban district is known as the Hyderabad district.
Hyderabad district occupies an area of approximately 217 square kilometers. According to the 2011 census the population of this district was 3,943,323. Hyderabad is known as the City of Pearls, as it had once flourished as a global center for trade of rare diamonds, emeralds as well as natural pearls.
Mecca Masjid, Charminar, Golconda fort, QutubShahi tombs, Paigah tombs are some of the historic structures. There are many other structures like Falaknuma Palace, Chowmohalla Palace, TaramatiBaradari etc., which are quite famous attracting tourists from all over. Birla Mandir, Jagannath temple, Salarjung Museum, Mahankali temple, Hussain Sagar lake, Mir Alam Tank, Nehru Zoological park, KBR park , Mrugavani National Park, are some of the other major tourist attractions.
Jagtial District was carved out of erstwhile Karimnagar District. It is surrounded by Nizamabad, Nirmal, Mancherial, Peddapalli and Karimnagar Districts, with two revenue divisions at Jagtial and Metpalle. The district headquarters is located at Jagtial town.
The Godavari River passes through the district. SRSP Project is a major dam and tourist attraction. The Buddhist Sthupaof 2nd century BC in Dhulikatta is of historic and archaeological significance. The district is home to holy temples of Sri MallikarjunaSwamy Temple at Odela and Sri Varahaswami temple at Kamanpur Mandal. There is railway connectivity from Jagtial to Peddapalli via Karimnagar.
Some of the tourist spots in the district are RamuniGundalu waterfalls at Sabbitham and RamagiriQila, which is a place of historic importance. The holy temple of Sri LaxminarsimhaSwamy on the banks of the Godavari River at Dharmapuri Mandal headquarters is quite popular all over. Sri KoteshwaraSwamy temple on the banks of the Godavari River at Kotilingala village in Velgatur Mandal and the holy temple of Sri AnjaneyaSwamy located at Kondagattu in Muthyampet village, Mallial Mandal attract thousands of devotees. Jagtial fort, located near the town is of immense historical significance, as it is the only star-shaped fort in Telangana surrounded by moat filled with water.
Jangaon (also called as Janagama in Telugu) district has been carved out of erstwhile Warangal district. The district shares boundaries with Siddipet, Warangal, Suryapet and Yadadri districts. The district comprises of 13 mandals and 2 revenue divisions.
It is located about 85 kilometers from Hyderabad city, on the National Highway 163 and Suryapet-Siddipet State Highway 9. The name Jangaon has evolved from the term "jaingaon" which means the village of Jains. Kolanupaka located near Jangaon is a famous pilgrimage center for Jains with a rich historical background. According to 2011 India census, Jangaon had a population of 52,394. The town has a tropical climate.
Kolanupaka is considered as the second capital of the KalyaniChalukyas during the 11th Century AD. During this period the village was the center of the Jains as well as the Saivites. It is also the birthplace of 'Renukacharya', the great 'Veera Saiva' saint. Pembarthi, located nearly 6 km from Jangaon, is world-famous for its brass artifacts. Komaravelli is a divine destination of Komaravelli Mallanna Swamy. Sri Someshwara Laxminarasimha Swamy Temple, Palakurthi is located nearly 34 km from Jangaon on a hillock. It is also the birthplace of famous poet "Palakurthi Somanadha Kavi" of 12thcentury. Jeedikal is a holy place where it is believed that Lord Sri Ram passed through in search of the Golden Deer (Mareecha). Jeedikal Jatara held here is a popular biennial event.
Bhoopalpally (Acharya Jayashankar) District has been carved out of erstwhile Warangal District and some parts of Karimnagar. The district is named after Telangana ideologue, K. Jayashankar. It is surrounded by Peddapalle, Mahabubabad, Warangal Rural, Warangal Urban, Kothagudem districts and the states of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. Bhoopalpally is also well connected by NH 163 passing through the district.
Many pilgrim centers and historical places can be explored in the district like the KaleshwaraMukteswaraSwamy temple located at Kaleswaram, Mahadevpur Mandal; Hemachala Lakshmi NarasimhaSwamy temple in Mallughat of Mangapetmandal and Ramappa Temple located in Palampur of Venkatapurammandal. Kaleshwaram is also called as DakshinaTriveniSangamam, since the three rivers Godavari, Pranahita and the third illusionary Antharvahini, merge at a confluence point. The Ramappa temple is a great example of the heritage glory of the Kakatiyas.
The district also has lakes that are major tourist attractions – namely the Ramappa Lake and the Laknavaram Lake. Ramappa Lake, constructed in 13th Century A.D. during Ganapathi Deva’s reign proves the irrigation skill of Kakatiyas. The Laknavaram Lake, surrounded by dense forest is a very popular tourist spot. The district hosts the world-famous SammakkaSaralammaJatara or Medaram jatara, a tribal festival, celebrated at Medaram in Tadvaimandal.
Jogulamba-Gadwal district has been carved from Mahbubnagar district of Telangana, with the administrative headquarters located at Gadwal town. The district is spread across an area of 2,928 square kilometers. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 6, 64,971. Gadwal town, located nearly 210 km from Hyderabad is well accessible by Bangalore-Hyderabad National Highway 7.
Built by the strongman of Gadwal, PedaSoma Bhupaludu in 17th Century, Gadwal Fort is considered an impregnable fort. The precincts of this fort is home to Sri ChennakesavaSwamyTemple, Sri Ramalayam, many historical materials and a water body. Gadwal is renowned all over the world for its exclusive handloom zari sarees and other useful fabrics and materials. The historic town in the state of Telangana is well-known for its quality fabrics.
Jurala dam, located near Gadwal town is the first such dam built near the entry point of Krishna river into the state from Karnataka. The backwater of the massive dam offers a pleasant sight and has become a popular tourist attraction, attracting people from all over. Alampur, situated on the bank of the holy river of Tungabhadra is a historically significant temple. This temple town is home to an ancient shrine of Goddess Jogulamba. Listed among the eighteen powerful Shakti peethams, this temple in Alampur is a popular divine destination. Visitors to this shrine also explore the rare Nava Braham temples in its vicinity.
Kamareddy has been carved out of Nizamabad district. It is bounded by Nizamabad district on the North, and Sircilla district and Siddipet district on the East and South East directions respectively. It is bounded on the South by Sangareddy and Medak districts and on the West and South West by the Nanded district and Bidar district of Maharashtra and Karnataka states respectively.
The district is spread across an area of 3,652.00 square kilometers, which makes it 15th largest district in the state. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 972,625. Pocharam Project is an irrigation project and tourist attraction constructed across Alair stream near Pocharam village. The district is home to the Nizamsagar Project which was constructed by the Nizam during 1923-31 to provide irrigation to 2.75 lakh acres in Nizamabad District. The dam is a popular picnic spot in the region, with water sports facilities.
Domakonda Fort was constructed initially during the age of QutubShahis and AsafJahis. The fort was also controlled by Chalukyas of Kalyani and the Kakatiyas. From 1786 A.D to 1947 the Kamineni rulers ruled from this fort. Koulas Fort is a massive fort dating back to the 14th century, spread across 6 sq km and located in Jukkal mandal close to Bidar – Nanded road. This fort was built by Kakatiya rulers. The Koulas Fort was constructed in the semi-Dravidian style at an altitude of about 1100 ft. The Koulas dam which is about 20 km away from the fort, attracts a large number of migratory birds in winter.
Karimnagar region was originally called as Elagandala. It was ruled by Western Chalukyas and was also part of the great Satavahana Empire. Later, the Nizams of Hyderabad changed the name of this region to Karimnagar, which was derived from the name Syed Karimullah Shah SahebQuiladar. The district is spread across an area of 2,128 square kilometres and shares boundaries with Jagtial and Peddapalli district on north, Warangal Urban district and Siddipet district on south, Rajanna District on the East and JayashankarBhupalpally District on west. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 10, 05,711.
Situated on the Manair River, Lower Manair Dam is indeed a tourist delight. The Manair River, which is a tributary of the Godavari River is home to a dam built at the confluence of Manair with the MohedamadaRiver. It is a popular picnic spot located close to Karimnagar. Located close to the left bank of river Manair near Karimnagar town, the hilltop fort of Elgandal was constructed during Kakatiya period, and it was later passed on to the hands of QutbShahis. There are two stone fortification walls, two mosques, two dilapidated temples, ammunition building, jail khana, wells and other structural edifices in this fort.
Located near Lower Manair Dam, on the outskirts of Karimnagar town is a famous tourist attraction called Ujwala Park, where tourists relax in the tranquil surroundings. Rajeev Gandhi Deer Park located near Ujwala Park, is known for its teeming deer population. Located along River Godavari, Shivaram wildlife Sanctuary in Karimnagar district is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary spread over 36.29 sq km approximately.
Khammam district occupies an area of 4,453.00 square kilometres (1,719.31 sq mi). According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 1,401,639. The name Khammam has been derived from the name of a local hill called Stambhadri, which is home to an ancient temple of NarasimhaSwamy. The name of the town, Stambhadri, was later called Kambhadri, Kambhammettu, and finally, Khammam. The town is located close to the river Munneru a tributary of the Krishna River.
Khammam Fort, constructed in 950 AD by the Kakatiya rulers stands majestically atop a hill, overlooking the town of Khammam. The district is rich in coal deposits and forest reserves. There are many places of interests in Khammam such as Nelakondapalli, Kusumanchi etc. Jamalapuram is a small village situated close to Yerrupalem town. The village has an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Kusumanchi town is located on the way from Khammam and Suryapet, and is home to Sri Ganapeshwaralayam and Mukkanteswaralayam, the renowned Siva temples built by Kakatiya rulers during 12th and 13th centuries.
Nelakondapalli is located at a distance of 21 km from Khammam town. It is a historic site, which includes a mud fortification wall covering 100 acres. Excavations by archaeologists has unearthed the foundations of viharas, cisterns, wells, a Mahastupa, , a bronze idol of Lord Buddha,terracotta idols and a miniature stupa carved in limestone, as well as other historic materials from the third and fourth centuries.
Asifabad District has been carved out of erstwhile Adilabad District. It is surrounded by Adilabad, Mancherial, Nirmal districts and the Maharashtra state. Asifabad has also been renamed as KomaramBheem district after the legendary Gond martyr, born in RavteSankepalli village near Asifabad.
The district headquarters is located at Asifabad, a predominantly tribal town.The railway line that connects the south and the north of India passes through Asifabad district. Sirpur-Kaghaznagar is a major railway station in the district. Asifabad was an important region under erstwhile rulers.
Fossils of the pre-historic period excavated in and around Asifabad attach archeological importance to this place. VattiVaagu project, Gangapur Cave, Movvad village are some of the tourist attractions. VattiVagu project is a medium irrigation project being constructed across VattiVaagu, a tributary of PeddaVaagu which is in turn a tributary of Pranahita River in the Godavari basin. There are other exotic tourist attractions in the district such as Jodeghat village, Sapthagunda Water Falls, Pittaguda Water Falls, Mitte Water falls, Sri KomaramBheem Project, Samithulagundam waterfalls and Tonkini Temple.
Mahabubabad district has been carved out of erstwhile Warangal district. The district shares boundaries with Kothagudem, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Suryapet and Khammam Districts. The district comprises of 16 mandals and 2 revenue divisions while the district headquarters is located at Mahabubabad town.
In Telugu, the region is also known as Manukota which is derived from the word Mranukota. In Telugu, 'Mranu' means 'tree' and 'Kota' means 'fort'. Manukota later derived its name from its past ruler, Mahabub, one of the officials of the Hyderabad Nizam.
The district is spread over an area of 2,876.70 square kilometres. According to 2011 Census of India, this district has a population of 7, 70,170. The Bayyarammandal has rich deposits of iron ore, and the National Highway-365 passes through the town of Mahabubabad, which also enjoys good railway connectivity. KuraviVeerabhadraSwamy Temple, located nearly 11 km from Mahabubabad is a renowned divine destination. It was built by Bheema Raju of VengiChalukya Dynasty and later the temple was renovated by the Kakatiya ruler Betharaju-I. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Veerabhadraswamy in a fierce avatar with three eyes and ten hands. The annual Brahmotsavams is celebrated on the occasion of Mahasivarathri.
Mahabubnagar (formerly Palamuru) is a town and district headquarters named after the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad - Mir Mahbub Ali Khan. It was also called earlier as "Rukmammapet".
Mahabubnagar district is of historic significance right from the period of Satavahana dynasty, followed by Chalukya dynasty. It became part of the Kingdom of Golkonda later, under the control of the QutbShahis. Later it was part of Hyderabad State, ruled by the AsafJahis, from the year 1724 to 1948. The district of Mahabubnagar is spread across an area of 4,037.00 square kilometers. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 1,318,110.
Mahabubnagar district is renowned as the abode of famous temples. The 700-year old Banyan Tree of Pillalamarri is a wonderful natural attraction. The district is home to many heritage sites, dating back to times immemorial. The Koilsagar Dam, located in Koilsagar Village of Deverakadra Mandal is one of the noted tourist attractions of Mahabubnagar district.
Mancherial District has been carved out of erstwhile Adilabad District. It is surrounded by Asifabad (KomaramBheem), Adilabad, Nirmal, Jagtial, Peddapalli, Bhoopalpally districts and the Maharashtra state. The district is spread across an area of 4,056.36 square kilometers and according to the 2011 Census of India, this district has a population of 807,037.
The district comprises of 18 mandals and two revenue divisions. Mancherial is well-connected through roadways and railways. Mancherial is one of the ‘A’ category stations of Secunderabad division while Bellampalli is also a major railway station in the region. The SH1, NH63 and Nagpur highway, run through the district, making the entire region well-linked.
The district is blessed with rivers like Godavari and Pranahita. It is part of the key coal belt, and home to Singareni Collieries. There are many cement and ceramic producing factories here, with the latter being the largest in the country. Mancherial district is known for the famous crocodile sanctuary near Chennur as well as thick forest cover, which includes part of the Kawal Tiger Reserve. Gudem Sri Satyanarayana Swami Temple is a well-known divine destination in the district.
Medchal – Malkajgiri has been carved out of erstwhile Ranga Reddy district. Medchal is the headquarters of the district. One can find a unique fusion of the urban and the rural lifestyle in this new district. Medchal – Malkajgiri is a well-connected district with three national highways and two state highways, apart from many roadways and railway lines running across the district.
The district of Medchal – Malkajgiri is a true blend of all the requisite components, making it ideal district. The district can be described as the main link between Hyderabad and the north Telangana. The region is home to a wide range of industries, education institutions, natural resources.Medchal – Malkajgiri district, with a population of 22.5 lakh, is the second most populous district in the state of Telangana, next only to Hyderabad district (40 lakh). Lush with urban forests and teeming lakes, there are popular pilgrim centers like KeesaraGutta and multiple recreational resorts. The district offers many options for a weekend retreat for those who live in and around the city of Hyderabad.
Medak is an important district of Telangana. Medak region was named by QutubShahis as Gulshanabad due to the lush greenery. It is surrounded by Kamareddy, Siddipet and Sangareddy districts.
The district is spread over an area of 2,740.89 square kilometres. According to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 7, 67,428. There are traces of Neolithic and Megalithic culture found at Edithanur and Wargal village including rare Rock paintings. Medak Cathedral, the famous church located in Medak town, is the largest church in the state, falling under the Diocese of Medak of the Church of South India. It is a popular church and a massive structure that was built by British Wesleyan Methodists, and consecrated on 25th December, 1924.
The Joginatha Temple located at Jogipet is a highly revered shrine, at a distance of about 38 km from Medak. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Joginatha. The Edupayala Durga Bhavani temple is a highly revered shrine of goddess Durga bhavani in the Telangana state. The fort at Medak which was built initially by the Kakatiya kings and developed later by the QutubShahi rulers stands nearly 90 meters above the surrounding plains. It is an impressive structure and one of the important hill forts in the Deccan region.
Nagarkurnool is a district in the southern part of Telangana with the town of Nagarkurnool being the district headquarters. The district was carved from the Mahbubnagar district. This district is spread over an area of 6,545.00 square kilometers.
The history of the region dates back to more than 500 years. It is believed that Nagarkurnool was named after the two Kings called Nagana and Kandana, who were brothers too. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 8, 93,308. The district has three revenue divisions namely Achampet, Nagarkurnool and Kalwakurthy.
Mannanur is a tribal hamlet where tourists can explore the wonders of the Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve’s western wing. This is the largest tiger reserve in India. The Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve also serves as one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in the country. MallelaTheertham waterfall, one of the most enthralling places in Telangana is located in a picturesque valley of the Nallamala forest range and it is also famous for a Shiva temple. Uma Maheswaram is a sacred location, also considered as the north gateway of Srisailam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Uma MaheswaraSwamy along with his consort Umadevi. The district is also home to highly popular and truly exotic eco-tourism destination called Somasila, located near Kollapur. It is located close to the backwaters of the Srisailam dam.
Nalgonda is a district in the southern part of Telangana. The name has been derived from two Telugu words namely Nalla (Black) & Konda (Hill). Nalgonda was earlier called Neelagiri by Rajput rulers and later it was known as Nallagonda following the conquest by Bahamani king, Allauddin Bahaman Shah. The district is spread over an area of 2,449.79 square kilometers. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 1,631,399.
Rivers like Krishna, Musi, Aleru, Peddavagu, Dindi, Halia and Paleru flow through this region. Sri Chaya SomeswaraSwamy temple, also known as Thrikutalayam, is a renowned Hindu temple located in Panagal of Nalgonda district. This temple was built during 11th - 12th centuries by the rulers of Ikshvaku Dynasty and is a popular divine destination, especially during Sivarathri.
Nandikonda is a small village of great religious and archaeological significance, which is nestled along the bank of River Krishna, close to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. This region was once home to the Ikshvaku Dynasty. It is currently a site of several significant Buddhist excavations like pillared halls, monasteries etc. which have been discovered over the years. The manmade wonder of Nagarjuna Sagar dam is located on the Krishna River in Nalgonda district of Telangana. Impressive reservoir with vast blue waters, the location of this massive structure in the midst of nature’s wilderness beckons tourists to visit this popular tourist destination, considered as the largest masonry dam in the world.
Buddhist Heritage Museum, Buddavanam near Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Nalgonda district was developed by the Department of Archaeology and Museums. The Buddhist Heritage Museum was inaugurated in the year 2014, marking Buddha Jayanthi celebrations. Here, historic coins and artifacts which were recovered during the construction of this dam have been preserved.
The Nirmal district has been carved from the erstwhile Adilabad District. The district is located in northern Telangana and borders Maharashtra and the Telangana districts of Asifabad (KomaramBheem), Adilabad, Mancherial, Jagtial and Nizamabad.
The district has two revenue divisions namely Nirmal and Bhainsa, while the district headquarters is located at Nirmal town.Nirmal District derives its name from the king Nimma Rayudu, who played a pivotal role in the development of the region. The district has a great network of roadways, with the National Highway 44 crisscrossing the district.The district treasures some of the most fertile land in Telangana, with the river Godavari forming the southern border of the district and many small and medium projects being the major irrigation sources.
Nirmal district has rich historical and cultural traditions. It is greatly inclined towards art. Several art forms flourish in the district like BinduYakshaganam, Bagavatham, Pandavulu, Yellamma Katha, SharadaKathalu, Kolatam and Jada Koppulu. The most distinguishing of all, the exotic Nirmal Toys, made of wood, have earned national and international recognition. Nature lovers find the district a huge attraction for its numerous tourist spots.Sri Gnana Saraswathi Temple situated on the banks of River Godavari at Basar is a famous divine destination. It is also home to the prestigious IIIT Basara.
Nizamabad is a city and district headquarters in Telangana. It is major urban agglomeration and rated as the third largest city in the state. The culture of Nizamabad was enriched with the patronage of Nizams. The city boasts of a diverse culture and secular traditions. It was a part of princely State of Hyderabad from 1724 till 1948. The city was named after the fourth Nizam of Hyderabad state, Nizamul Mulk.
One among the many impressive historical monuments here is the very striking Nizamabad Fort. The Nizamabad Fort was constructed on the top of a small hill located somewhat to the south west of the town, during the 10th century AD. The District Archaeological museum in Nizamabad was established in Nizamabad’s Tilak Garden, which was originally constructed in 1936 by VIIthNizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The District Archaeological Museum was officially opened to the public in October, 2001.
Ashok Sagar is a picturesque lake and tourist attraction situated nearly 7 km from the city. It has a beautiful rock garden featuring illuminated rocks and boating facilities. Ali Sagar Deer Park is a picturesque picnic spot located near Nizamabad. The Ali Sagar reservoir here was built during the Nizam era and located close to the reservoir, the Ali Sagar Deer Park was established few decades ago. The park is well known for water sports and is famous for being a teeming habitat of Deers and other naturally sighted fauna. Tourists can also explore the lush green environment of Mallaram Forest. The quietness of the woods makes this a paradise for tourists arriving from Nizamabad town. The forest has rocks that are a billion years old while the forest treks and viewpoints enhance the reputation of Mallaram as an ideal eco-tourism destination.
Peddapalle District was carved from erstwhile Karimnagar district. It is surrounded by Mancherial, Bhoopalpally, Karimnagar, Jagtial districts. The district comprises of 14 mandals and two revenue divisions.
The district has some major railway lines which connects north and south India.NTPC Ramagundam, a part of National Thermal Power Corporation, is situated at Ramagundam. It is one of the major power stations in South India and is the first ISO 14001 certified “Super Thermal Power Station” in India. The Godavari River passes through Peddapalle district while the cotton produced here is of international quality and reputation.
The district is of historical and archaeological significance. The Buddhist circuit has a lot of prominent places that spell their glory. One such prominent place of the Buddhists takes nestling in this district, in a small hamlet called Dhulikatta. The Buddhist Mahastupa or the great stupa and vihar in Dhulikatta village was established at the end of the 2nd century BC, more than 2000 years ago. According to many historians, the description of this fortified town situated on the banks of a river by the Greek emissary Megasthenes, matches with that of this town.
Peddaplle district is also home to holy shrines of Sri MallikarjunaSwamy at Odela and Sri Varahaswami inKamanpur Mandal. Some of the popular tourist attractions in the district include RamuniGundalu andSabbitham waterfalls. Ramagiri Fort which is also called the RamgiriKhilla, is situated on the top of a picturesque hillock. It is surrounded by lush greens and is very magnificent.
Rajanna Sircilla District has been carved out of erstwhile Karimnagar district. It is surrounded by Karimnagar, Kamareddy and Siddipet districts. The district is spread over an area of 2,030.89 square kilometres and according to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 546,121.
The district has one revenue division and 13 mandals, with its headquarters located at Sircilla town, popularly known as Textile town due to the presence of large number of power looms and processing units. A Textile Park established near Sircilla town is being developed as a mega textile zone. Maneru, a tributary of Godavari, passes through the district.
Vemulawada is hoem to one of the famous temples devoted to Lord Shiva in the state of Telangana. Popularly called as Dakshina Kasi, the devotees at this temple worship the presiding deity, Sri Raja Rajeswara Swamy. The temple complex is also home to Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi temple and also a holy idol of Sri Laxmi Sahitha Sidhi Vinayaka. The main presiding deity here is also fondly called as Rajanna. The temple is thronged by thousands of devotees during festivals especially Shivarathri and other auspicious occasions. Rock cut inscriptions found in and around Vemulawada Temple establish the historical importance of this place which was the capital of the Vemulawada Chalukyas, from 750 AD to 973AD.
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple situated at Nampally Gutta near Vemulawada is another noted holy shrine that attracts many devotees. The Sircilla Textile Park at Baddenapally, representing the evolution of the textile industry is a huge attraction. Lower Maner Dam with its scenic beauty is a popular picnic spot.
Ranga Reddy district is a district in Telangana, with its district headquarters located at Hyderabad. This district was named after the former Deputy CM of the United Andhra Pradesh, Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy, a freedom fighter had fought for Telangana’s independence from the Nizams.
It was formed in the year 1978, by splitting Hyderabad district. In the year 2016, it was further altered during the districts re-organisation for creating Vikarabad and Medchal−Malkajgiri district. Ranga Reddy District occupies an area of approximately 7,500 square kilometres (2,900 sq mi) and according to the 2011 census, it has a population of 2,446,265.
Fresh water reservoirs called Osman Sagar and Himayath Sagar, built more than 100 years ago are the major water source for Hyderabad. These are also quite popular as picnic destinations. The district has five revenue divisions namely Chevella, Rajendranagar, Ibrahimpatnam, Kandukur and Shadnagar.
Sangareddy district is located in the north-western part of Telangana with Sangareddy town as its district headquarters. It was named after the ruler Sanga, the son of Rani Shankaramba, who was the ruler of Medak during Nizams.
The district is spread over an area of 4,464.87 square kilometres. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 15, 27,628. The district has three revenue divisions namely Narayankhed, Sangareddy and Zaheerabad.
The town is categorized into Old Sangareddy and New Sangareddy. Old Sangareddy is well-renowned for its bazaars and old district jail, which has been converted to a jail museum. The town acquires a festive look during the occasions like Dassera, Diwali, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Ramzan. An IIT was established in 2008 at Kandi. Sangareddy is located close to Hyderabad. The NH-9 passes through the town.
The region has three large-scale public sector industries, i.e. BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, one of the Maharatna companies of Govt. Of India, BDL (Bharat Dynamics Limited), one of India’s premier missile development centre and Ordnance Factory Medak.
Siddipet district has been carved out of erstwhile Medak district with annexation of some mandals of Karimnagar and Warangal districts. The district shares boundaries with Karimnagar, Sircilla, Medak, Medchal, Hanamkonda, Yadadri, Kamareddy and Jangoan districts. The district comprises of 22 mandals and 2 revenue divisions.
The district headquarters is located at Siddipet town. The district is spread over an area of 3,425.19 square kilometres. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 993,376.
Suryapet district has been carved out of erstwhile Nalgonda district, and shares boundaries with Nalgonda, Yadadri, Khammam, Hanamkonda, Mahabubabad districts as well as the state of Andhra Pradesh. Suryapet has been historically associated with the movement against Razakars during Telangana Armed Struggle. The district is spread over an area of 3,374.41 square kilometres. According to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 1,099,560.
Suryapet is a rapidly developing region with flourishing cement industries. Due to its vast expanse of Krishna river basin, agriculture is widespread while the Nagarjuna Sagar left canal is its chief source of irrigation. Suryapet is dotted many Shaivite temples, built during the Kakatiya rule, reflecting the glorious past of the area. The 1000 year-old Chennakeshava temple at Pillalamarri attracts tourists all round the year. Phanigiri in Suryapet district is a place of historical and archaeological importance. It is home to a Buddhist monastic complex which is also known as Buddha Vihara. Around 2000 years ago, the vast hillock in Phangiri had accommodated a Buddhist monastery. Phanigiri derived its name from the shape of the hill that resembles a snake’s hood.
Undrugonda Laxminarsimha Swamy Temple, Arvapally Laxminarsimha Swami Temple, Mattapally Laxminarsimha Swamy Temple, Peddagattu Lingamantula Swamy temple, Suryapet Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Miryala Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple, Dargahs at Janpahad, Arvapally are some of the major attractions of the district.
Vikarabad district has been carved out of the erstwhile Rangareddy district. The district shares boundaries with Sangareddy, Rangareddy, Mahabubnagar and the state of Karnataka. The district comprises of 18 mandals and 2 revenue divisions while the district headquarters is located at Vikarabad town. Tandur, one of the important towns in the district, is the industrial hub of the district. The district is spread over an area of 3,386.00 square kilometres and according to 2011 Census of India; the district has a population of 9, 27,140.
Ananthagiri hills, one of the most attractive hill stations in Telangana is considered the pride of Vikarabad district. The hill range is the origin of river Musi that flows through the city of Hyderabad. The salubrious climate here attracts many nature lovers and tourists, who are enthralled by the mesmerizing beauty of the hills.
The ancient temple of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy, located in Ananthagiri hills, draws many visitors. Lord Vishnu is in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Ananthagiri has been named after the main deity. The district is also home to many other temples like Pambanda Ramlingeshwara Temple, Bhavigi Bhadreshwara Temple, Bugga Rameshawaram, Bhukailas, Ekambareshawar, Jhuntupally Rama and Kodangal Venkateshwara Swamy temples. Irrigation projects like Kotipally, Jhuntupally, Laknapur, Sarpanpally cater to the irrigation needs, besides being places of tourist interest.
Wanaparthy is a district located in the Southern part of Telangana. It was carved out of Mahabubnagar district. The district is spread over an area of 4,816.40 square kilometres and according to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 12, 38,660. The district comprises of one revenue division at Wanaparthy and 14 mandals.
The Raja of Wanaparthy, Rameshwar Rao II, was a vassal of the Nizam of Hyderabad who was in control of the feudatory of Wanaparthy or Wanaparthy Samsthanam. Wanaparthy Samsthanam is one of the oldest Samsthanams of Telangana. Wanaparthy Palace is located in the heart of Wanaparthy town, covering an area of 640 square miles. It is also known as "Mustafa Mahal". This palace has been converted later into a Poly Technical University.
Srirangapur, situated nearly 12 km from Wanaparthy town, is home to Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple built in 18th century A.D. It is believed that Vijayanagara ruler Sri Krishnadeva Raya had once visited Srirangam and laid the foundations of Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple here, on the banks of Ratnapushpakarni Lake, in between the hills of Kothakota and Karapakala.
Warangal (Rural) district was formed after bifurcation of Warangal District. The district headquarters is located in Warangal City. The district is spread over an area of 2,175.50 square kilometres and according to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 7, 16,457.
During the Kakatiya reign, the capital of their kingdom was named ‘’Orugallu’’ or Ekasila Nagar. A fort was built here and later on, it has been called as ‘’Warangal’. Warangal was the ancient capital of Kakatiya dynasty, and was ruled by many kings like Beta Raja-I, Prola Raja-I, Beta Raja –II, Prola Raja – II, Rudra Deva, Mahadeva, Ganapathi Deva, Pratapa Rudra and Rani Rurdrama Devi, the only woman ruler of those times.
The Kakatiyas left many monuments including the impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, large Shaivite temple and lake. They built many Shiavite temples and large lakes for irrigation purpose. After Kakatiyas, the region was ruled by Delhi Sultanate followed by Nayaka and the Bahmani sultanate of Golkonda. Later, it was annexed by the Mughal Empire in 1687 and it became a part of Hyderabad state in 1724.
Representing the unique and priceless age-old heritage of Warangal city, the thousand-pillar temple located here is a renowned heritage destination. Built centuries ago by the rulers of Kakatiya dynasty, the ramparts of the temple with its exquisite sculptures, is a wonderful destination for tourists visiting Warangal. A historic temple called the Bhadrakali temple was built for the mother of goddesses, Kali Matha or Bhadrakali Ammavaru, in Warangal. Located amidst the lush greenery of the hilly region, the temple is placed in a picturesque setting close to the Bhadrakali Lake near Hanmakonda, about 2 km from Warangal city.
Warangal (urban) district is located in northern part of Telangana, with its district headquarters located at Warangal. This district occupies an area of 1,304.50 square kilometres and according to the 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 11, 35,707.
Warangal was once the capital of Kakatiya Kingdom, during the period from 12th to the 14th centuries. It was initially known as Orugallu. The word Oru in Telugu means one and Kallu means stone and it was called as Ekasila Nagaram in Sanskrit. The region was ruled by many kings like Beta Raja-I, Prola Raja-I, Beta Raja –II, Prola Raja – II, Rudra Deva, Mahadeva, Ganapathi Deva, Pratapa Rudra and Rani Rudrama Devi, the only woman ruler of those times.
After Kakatiyas, the region was ruled by Delhi Sultanate followed by Nayakas and the Bahmani sultanate of Golkonda. Later, it was annexed by the Mughal Empire in 1687 and it became a part of Hyderabad state in 1724. Built by the great Kakatiya kings, Padmakshi Temple at Hanmakonda is one of the oldest temples in Warangal. The history of this temple dates back to the 12th century and is dedicated to Goddess Padmakshi. Representing the glorious age-old heritage of Warangal city, the thousand-pillar temple located here is a renowned destination. Warangal fort, built during 13th century, is a popular heritage structure presenting a wonderful experience for visitors. The garden located in Warangal fort hosts a spectacular sound and light show during the evening.
Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district has been carved out of the erstwhile Nalgonda district. The district shares boundaries with Nalgonda, Suryapet, Warangal Urban, Siddipet, Medchal and Shamshabad districts. The administrative headquarters is located at Bhongir.
The district comprises of 16 mandals and 2 revenue divisions. The district is spread over an area of 3,091.48 square kilometres and according to 2011 Census of India, the district has a population of 7,26,465. It is named after most popular pilgrim centre of Telangana – Yadadri, a place of historical and religious significance. Yadagirigutta, a hilltop shrine is home to a sacred Vaishnavaite Temple of Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy, which is very popular among Hindus. The temple situated near Bhongir town in Telangana is called as Telangana Tirupathi or Yadadri, and attracts devotees from all over.
Bhongir fort, located on Hyderabad – Warangal Highway was first built by the Chalukyas of Kalyani (10th century A.D.), and subsequently developed by the Kakatiyas of Warangal. There are a number of stone inscriptions belonging to Chalukyas of Kalyani, Kakatiyas and Velama Chiefs in this town. It is stunning fort, situated on a monolithic hill, more than 700-feet high. Textile industry is one of the key industries of the district. Pochampally handloom products have earned national and international reputation. The district is well connected by road and railways.