Warangal, the erstwhile capital of the great Kakatiya Kingdom which ruled during 12th- 14th century, is presently an ushering industrial and cultural centre in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The Warangal city is credited as the fifth largest city in the state and has the historical legacy of being known as Oruguallu or Omtikonda or Ekasilanagaram mainly due to the existence of a huge hillock seems to be carved out of one stone.
It is assumed that the Prola Raja of great Kakatiya Kingdom built this beautiful town in 12th century and given the incredible status of the Capital city. The Kakatiyas who ruled more than 200 years left many grandeur monuments, architectural marvels like Warangal fort, a Shiva temple known as Swayambhu temple and many such ancient structures. Travel diaries of great traveler Marco Polo also has mentions of this great city.
Warangal basically consists of an agricultural community, cultivating rice, red chillies, cotton and tobacco. Warangal is renowned for its granite quarries, exported to many other states.
Present Warangal attracts many tourists, thanks to Warangal's important history, exquisite monuments, grand temples, superb gardens, beautiful lakes, and sanctuaries with rich fauna & flora. The Main draw of tourists in the city include Warangal Fort, the 13th century star shaped Shiva temple, Bhadrakali temple and the thousand pillared temple. Wildlife Sanctuaries at Pakhal and Eturnagaram and Pakhal Lake are other tourist spots which are worth visiting. Natural beauty with magnificent manmade structures leaves Warangal with an enviable spot in the tourist map of India.
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by Akshay Balraj on Apr 23, 2010
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Travel within city
Warangal is a city located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Travelling around Warangal can be quite easy, given the number of options available for local travel in the region. You can choose between travelling in buses and auto rickshaws while travelling within Warangal.
Warangal has a fairly decent government bus service that covers most of the regions in the city. You can opt for bus travel within Warangal as this is the cheapest mode of travel in the city. While travelling through bus in Warangal, it would be better if you’re familiar with the general layout of the city. This will help you identify the major stops better and will make your commute easier. Bus fares in Warangal normally range around Rs 3 to 10.
You can also opt for auto rickshaws to travel within the city of Warangal. Auto rickshaws in Warangal do not run on meter and drivers can charge elevated amounts during night time. It is best to make sure that you decide on a fixed rate while boarding an auto. You can also share an auto with another passenger in order to share the fare. Auto rickshaws will charge you around Rs 20 to 60, depending on the distance covered. Auto rickshaws are the best option for night travel within the city and extra charges are normally present during night time.
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