Karimnagar district

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Karimnagar district
కరీంనగర్ జిల్లా
District of Telangana
Clockwise from Top right: Sri Raja Rajeswara Temple in Vemulawada, NTPC power plant in Ramagundam, Teen Minar at Elgandal, Lower Manair dam in Karimnagar, Jagityal clock tower, Karimnagar clock tower
Clockwise from Top right: Sri Raja Rajeswara Temple in Vemulawada, NTPC power plant in Ramagundam, Teen Minar at Elgandal, Lower Manair dam in Karimnagar, Jagityal clock tower, Karimnagar clock tower
Nickname(s): Kannaram
Karimanagar District's location within Telangana, India
Karimanagar District's location within Telangana, India
Country  India
State Telangana
Named for Syed Kareemullah Shah Saheb Quadri
Capital Karimnagar
 • Body Zilla Parishad
 • ZP Chairperson Tula Uma
Population (2011)
 • Total 38,11,738
 • Density 322/km2 (830/sq mi)
 • Official Telugu, Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 505 xxx
Telephone code 91-878-XXXX
Vehicle registration TS–02[1]
Climate Aw (Köppen)
Precipitation 603 millimetres (23.7 in)
Avg. annual temperature 21.0 °C (69.8 °F)
Avg. summer temperature 50.9 °C (123.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 23.5 °C (74.3 °F)
Website karimnagar.nic.in

Karimnagar District is a district in northern Telangana, India. The city of Karimnagar is the district headquarters, and has a population of about 300,000. The district has two municipal corporations at Karimnagar and Ramagundam.

Apollo hospital at Karimnagar
Kurikyal, Vemulavada, Nagnoor are some important Jain Heritage sites in present day Karimnagar district of Telangana state

The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor.[2]


Karimnagar was originally called Elagandala, by its native people. The district was a major center for Vedic learning and was the heart of the great Satavahana Empire. Later, Nizams changed the name to Karimnagar, derived from the name of Syed Karimullah Shah Saheb Quiladar.


Karimnagar district occupies an area of 11,823 square kilometres (4,565 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to the Philippines' Panay Island.[4] It borders Adilabad District in the north, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in the northeast, Warangal District in the south, Medak District in the southwest and Nizamabad District in the west.


  1. Karimnagar
  2. Jagtial
  3. Sircilla
  4. Peddapalli
  5. Manthani
  6. Husnabad
  7. Huzurabad
  8. Ramagundam(under proposal)

Municipal Corporations[edit]

  1. Karimnagar
  2. Ramagundam


  1. Jagtial
  2. Sircilla
  3. Korutla
  4. Metpally
  5. Husnabad

Nagara Panchayathies[edit]

  1. Huzurabad
  2. Vemulavada
  3. jammikunta
  4. peddapalli
  5. Husnabad


Karimnagar district has 57 Mandals (revenue and administrative units):


In 2006, the Indian government named Karminagar as one of the country's 250 most impoverished districts (out of 640).[5] It is one of the nine districts in Telangana currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[5]

Household indicators[edit]

In 2007–2008 the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) interviewed 1005 households in 40 villages across the district.[6] The IIPS found that 92.8% had access to electricity, 94.9% to drinking water, 36.9% to toilet facilities, and 16.8% lived in a pucca (permanent) home.[6] 24.8% of girls wed before the legal age of 18[7] and 79.1% of interviewees carried a BPL card.[6]


According to the 2011 census Karimnagar district has a population of 3,811,738,[8] roughly equal to the nation of Liberia[9] or the US state of Oregon.[10] This gives it a ranking of 67th in India (out of 640).[8] The district has a population density of 322 inhabitants per square kilometre (830/sq mi).[8] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 9.16%.[8] Karimnagar has a sex ratio of 1009 females for every 1000 males,[8] and a literacy rate of 64.87%.[8]

Religions in Karimnagar district
Religion Percentage

Geographic location[edit]



The district is also home to many heritage destinations such as Nagunur Fort, Dhulikatta, Elgandal fort, Molanguru Fort, Ramagiri Killa etc.[11] The waters of lower Manair Dam is a spectacle to behold. Karimnagar is a resource rich district.

Famous pilgrimages[edit]


Vemulawada (or Vemulavada) is a town 32 km from Karimnagar, in the Telangana state, India. It is known for the Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple, a site of pilgrimage for Hindu worshippers, particularly devotees of Shiva. TSRTC runs shuttle services from various towns in the state. Nearest town is Sircilla. They are 3 bustations in this town . People from Korutla, Metpally , Kamareddy will get buses at Korutla busstand within the town. And people from Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Godavarikhani, Chandrapur, Sircilla, Siddipet will get buses from karimnagar bustand which is located in entrance of Vemulawada bridge. People coming from Jagtial, and surrounding villages will get buses from jagtial bustnd which is very close to temple. VMWD depot is running buses to major cities.

There is a proposal of a new railway line from Hyderabad to Karimnagar via., Siddipet,Sircilla,Vemulawada,Kothapally haveli, Karimnagar. i.e., Manoharad-kottapally railway line under construction.


Dharmapuri attained religious importance for the shrine dedicated to Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Particular sites include Siva with Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka and Sapitha Mathrukas carved on a single slab of stone; and Mahishasuramardhani, the sixty pillared temple, Mahalakshmi temple, Akkapalle Rajanna, and over five hundred year old sri Sita Rama Swami temple.


Kondagattu is a temple about 35 km from the district headquarters, dedicated to Lord Anjaneya Swamy. According to folklore, the temple was constructed by a cowherd in the 18th century. The present day temple was built in the 19th century by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. It is believed that if a woman offers puja for 40 days at this temple then she will be blessed with a child. It is about 30 km from Vemulavada. There is a Ghatroad from hilltop to base station.


Kaleshwaram is the site of the famous Shiva temple called "Kaleswara muktheswara swamy". Significance of the Mukteshwara Swamy Temple is the unique presence of two Shiva Lingas found on a single pedestal—one is Lord Shiva and the other Lord Yama—collectively known as Kaleswara Mukteswara Swamy. This place is also called Dakshina Triveni Sangamam. Kaleshwaram village is in Mahadevpur mandal of Karimnagar district, 125 kilometres from the town of Karimnagar and 60 kilometres from Manthani. Kaleshwaram is located exactly at the merging point of the Godavari River and its tributary, the River Pranahita. People believe that there is another river named saraswathi flowing under godavari and pranahita,therefore calling the meeting point as Triveni(three) Sangamam (Confluence).Kaleshwaram is center for pushkaras which are organised once for every 12 years. Saraswathi pushkaras took place in 2013 summer and godavari pushkaras are about to take place in 2015 most wached the temple

Notable people[edit]


NTPC Ramagundam,Karimnagar.

Economy of Karimnagar district is mainly dependent on agriculture and it's allied industries such as rice mills, saw, oil, other grain mills, animal husbandry, seed and other processing mills etc. There are 5806 small scale industries in the district providing employment of about 42619 people as of 31 March 2006. Other important small sector industries include manufacture of paper, tiles, stone dressing and crushing, cement concrete pipes etc. Silver filigree work is also famous in Karimnagar city and provide livelihood to a lot of artisans. There is a new granite industry growing around Karimnagar city after government lands containing granite were leased. The major industries in the district are National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC),Ramagundam, Singareni Collieries at Godavarikhani, Kesoram Cement Factory at Basantnagar etc.


Industrial city[edit]

The city Jammikunta in the district is one of the major industrial cities in the state.The Food Corporation of India and Market yard in the city are the one amongst the largest in India and northern Telangana respectively

NTPC Ramagundam[edit]

NTPC Ramagundam, a part of National Thermal Power Corporation, is a 2600 MW Power station situated at Ramagundam in the state of Telangana, India. It is the current largest power station in South India. It is the first ISO 14001 certified "Super Thermal Power Station" in India.[13]

This Navaratna Public sector undertaking has completed 25 years of service. The Corporation during this period grew to be a front runner in the Indian Power Sector and is ranked as the 6th largest Power Generator in the world, with an installed capacity of 19,435 MW.

Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL)[edit]

The company's accredited function is to explore and exploit the coal deposits in the Godavari valley coalfield, which is the only repository of coal in South India. Mining activities of SCCL are presently spread over four districts of Andhra Pradesh Viz. Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal.[14]

Kesoram Cement Factory[edit]

Kesoram Cement is one of the Birla group of companies.It was incorated in 1967. The plant is one of the biggest in south India and can produce cement with a capacity of 2500 metric tones per day.[15] The technical objectives of the company are to develop indigenous technology and integrate foreign technology wherever necessary.

Granite Industry[edit]

Karimnagar district is known for its popular Tan Brown and Maple Red variety of granite. The granite from Karimnagar district in general and Odyaram village in particular was used extensively by China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ever since, China has been using granite from Karimnagar district. It has become a popular brand the world over and all the Asian countries, including Japan, have started using the granite for various projects. Several countries began using the granite because of its low cost and superior quality. In Karimnagar district, there are over 600 stone quarries spread over several mandals such as Karimnagar, Manakondur, Mallial, Kesavapatnam etc. However, the popular quarries, which have a sway in the global market, number around 20. Every month about 10,000 to 12,000 cubic meters of granite stones are being exported to China and other countries. Each cubic metre of granite costs around Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 15,000. Every year, the granite stone business turnover crosses over Rs. 5 billion in the district. It has also become a good source of income for the railways, which has constructed special platforms for transportation of granite from Karimnagar, Gangadhara and Uppal railway stations in the district to Kakinada and Chennai ports for export to China. The stone is exported to China where it is polished and then marketed to Japan and other Asian countries. The cranes deployed for lifting of huge blocks of granite at the railway stations were also earning lakhs of rupees. Besides, it is also providing employment to several labourers and others.[16]


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Coordinates: 18°26′13″N 79°07′27″E / 18.43694°N 79.124167°E / 18.43694; 79.124167