Telangana was formed as a new state on 2 Jun 2014 by separated from the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh. It shares its border with the states of Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast and south, Chhattisgarh and Odisha to the northeast, and Karnataka to the west. The joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Hyderabad and it will remain as the joint capital for further ten years. Thereafter there will be a new capital for Andhra Pradesh.
10 Top Places to Visit in Telangana
1. Hyderabad –Hyderabad is the joint capital of Andra Pradesh and Telangana. It is the largest city in Telangana. It spread 650 sq km along the banks of the Musi River. Muhammad QuliQutb Shah who was the founder of Hyderabad named the city as ‘Bhagyanagar’. Because, Muhammad QuliQutb Shah fell in love with Bhagmati who a local dancer of this area was, that is the reason who named the city after her name. Charminar is the main attraction of Hyderabad.
2 Bhadrachalam –Bhadrachalam is a temple town and is situated in the Khammam district and on the banks of Godavari River. Earlier, it was a part of East Godavari district. Bhadrachalam town has key importance on pilgrimage.Bhadrachalamthe name is a synonym of the famous temple Sita Ramachandraswamy temple which is devoted to Lord Rama. Apart from this temple Abhaya Anjaneya temple is also very famous.
3. Khammam –Khammam city is situated about 200 km from Hyderabad. Khammam has significant importance historically. As it is hosted many movements during India’s freedom struggle. It is the 4th largest city in Telangana. It was known as Kammamet earlier. The present name Khammam has been derived from a local hill known as Stambhadri. A temple namely ‘Narsimhadri’ which is situated here on a hilltop is said to have for million years ago.
4. Mallela Theertham – Mallela Theertham is situated in the dense forest Nallamala. It is falling from a height of about 150 feet and considered as a serene as well as a divine waterfall. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva appeared himself in front of the devotees to bless them. Mallela Theethram has rich in flora and fauna and it is the home to a large number of wild animals. There is a Shiva lingam is situated on top of the waterfall. The Shiva lingam is considered as powerful and spiritual because of its possession of magical powers.
5. Vemulawada –Vemulawada is also a temple town that is situated in RajannaSircilla district, 150 km away from Hyderabad. It has full of historical forts and remarkable temples. It was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas of the Vemulawada dynasty. It is one of the main devote destination for Hindus. Its most popular attraction is Rajanna temple which is often called Dakshin Kashi and Southern Banaras. It has also a plethora of several other temples such as; (1) Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple, (2) Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, (3) BaddiPochamma Temple and (4) Lakshmi Narsimha Temple.
6. Medak Fort –Medak Fort has located 96 km from Hyderabad in Medak district. It was constructed by Kakatiya Kings, Pratapa Rudra during the 12th century and it stands as a masterpiece of the bygone era. Its earlier name was ‘MethukuDurgam’ in Telugu. It is only left with a few remnants even though it is still a tourist attraction. It is spread across 100 acres and elevated at a height of 90 m. There are 500 steps are to get to the top of this beautiful fort.
7. Koti Lingala – Koti Lingala is situated in the Jagital district and on the banks of the Godavari river. It is believed that it was a town of the ancient Assaka. Koti Lingala is considered as one of the 16 great Janapadas of the country’s ancient heritage. There are several Shiva temples here because of it this place gets its name as Koti Lingala. Other interesting places are;(1) Sri KoteswaraSiddheshwar Swami Devasthanam Temple, (2) Koti Lingala Fort and (3) Archaeological MuseumLocated in Karimnagar.
8. Nalgonda – Nalgonda is a district in the Telangana and it shares its boundaries with Rangareddy, Yadadri, Suryapet, and Nagarkurnool districts. Its name is a combination of two words ‘Nalla’ and ‘Konda’ means ‘Black Hills’. During the reign of Satavahanas the trade with the Roman Empire was commenced. Yadagiri Gutta in Nalgonda is a famous Hindu temple. It is located in inYadagirigutta town.
9. Adilabad – Adilabad is a small city and the headquarters of Adilabad district. It is known as the “Gateway to South India” and also the ‘City of Cotton’. It is famous for Kunatala waterfalls as well as its rich cultivation of cotton. It has 3 native languages i.e. Telugu, Marathi and Urdu. It is the second-largest district in Telangana. It is also enriched with flora and fauna. Its name was derived from Adil Shahi, a medieval Bijapur ruler.
10. Medak Cathedral –Medak Cathedral is located at Medak in Telangana. It was built by Charles Walker Posnett in the Gothic Revival style and was consecrated on 25 Dec 1924. Medak Cathedral is the largest church in India.