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Ekasila Nagaram
Thousand Pillar Temple, Kakatiya Torana, Warangal Fort, Kakatiya University
Thousand Pillar Temple, Kakatiya Torana, Warangal Fort, Kakatiya University
Warangal is located in Telangana
Coordinates: 18°00′N 79°35′E / 18.0°N 79.58°E / 18.0; 79.58Coordinates: 18°00′N 79°35′E / 18.0°N 79.58°E / 18.0; 79.58
Country India
State Telangana
Region Deccan
District Warangal
Named for Heritage
 • Body Municipal Corporation
 • Metropolis 471.7 km2 (182.1 sq mi)
Elevation 302 m (991 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Metropolis 6,20,116
 • Rank 02,Telangana
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 • Metro[2] 7,59,594
Demonym Warangalite
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TS–03[3]
Website www.ourwmc.com
Sunset at Bhadrakali Lake
Carved pillar at Thousand Pillar Temple

Warangal About this sound pronunciation ; (also known as Orugallu and Ekasila Nagaram)[4] is a city[5] and district headquarters of Warangal district in Indian state of Telangana.[6] Warangal is located 148 kilometres (92 mi) northeast of the state capital of Hyderabad and is the administrative headquarters of Warangal District. Warangal area is a combination of Warangal, Hanmakonda and Kazipet. Warangal is the second biggest city next to Hyderabad in Telangana.[7]


Warangal was the capital of Kakatiya kingdom ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The Kakatiyas left many monuments, including an impressive fortress, four massive stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake. The cultural and administrative distinction of the Kakatiyas was mentioned by the famous traveller Marco Polo. After the defeat of PratapaRudra, the Musunuri Nayaks united seventy two Nayak chieftains and captured Warangal from Delhi sultanate and ruled for fifty years.[citation needed]

The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb conquered Golconda in 1687, and it remained part of the Mughal empire until the southern provinces of the empire split away to become the state of Hyderabad in 1724, which included the Telangana region and some parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Hyderabad was annexed to India in 1948, and became an Indian state. In 1956 Hyderabad was partitioned as part of the States Reorganization Act, and Telangana, the Telugu-speaking region of Hyderabad state, which includes Warangal, became part of Andhra Pradesh.

Entrance view of Warangal Railway Station

Geography and climate[edit]

Warangal is located at 18°00′N 79°35′E / 18.0°N 79.58°E / 18.0; 79.58. It has an average elevation of 302 metres (990 feet).


Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: mustseeindia.com

Located in the semi-arid region of Telangana, Warangal has a predominantly hot and dry climate. Summer starts in March, and peak in May with average high temperatures in the 42 °C (108 °F) range. The monsoon arrives in June and lasts until September with about 550 mm (22 in) of precipitation. A dry, mild winter starts in october and lasts until early February, when there is little humidity and average temperatures in the 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) range.


According to 2011 census, warangal had a population of 7,59,594 of which 3,80,833 are males and 3,78,761 are females. 67,732 of population are under 6 years. Literacy rate of warangal is 82.56% which is higher than the nation's literacy rate of 74.04%. Total literates in warangal city are 5,71,229 of which 3,12,338 are males and 2,58,891 are females. Sex ratio of warangal is 995 per 1000 males and child sex ratio is 948 per 1000 boys.[8]


Warangal Municipal Corporation (WMC)

Warangal is one of the Indian cities which has seen rapid growth of urbanization in 2011 census. This category is led by the cities such as Gandhinagar(35% to 43%) Warangal(19% to 28%) Kozhikode(38% to 67%) Krishna(32% to 41%).[9] Warangal municipal corporation area is the Second biggest agglomeration which spreads around 471.7 km2 in Telangana next to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Civic Administration[edit]

Civic administration of city is maintained by Warangal Municipal Corporation, which comprises three cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet. In July 1951 city was upgraded to Special Grade Municipality. Later in July 1960 it was upgraded to Selection Grade Municipality. On August 18, 1994 city was declared as municipal corporation.[10] Presently warangal municipal corporation limits up to 471.7 km2 after the agglomeration of 42 surrounding villages.[11] Planning agency of warangal, Kakatiya Urban Development of Authority was constituted in the year 1982, which overlooks the development of infrastructure and projects in the city.[12] Corporation implemented some pilot projects like Solid waste management programme which was lead by the commissioner for clean Warangal. This campaign gone successful, which made other corporations to implement the same in their cities[13][14] City is divided into 53 political wards where each ward is represented by an area corporator.


Agriculture is the main economic activity in Warangal. Irrigation here mainly depends on monsoon and seasonal rainfalls. Major crops are paddy, cotton, mango and wheat. Warangal is benefited by Godavari lift irrigation scheme which is designed to lift water from river Godavari to irrigate drought prone areas in Telangana region.[15] City has got Asia's second biggest grain market located in enumamula.[16] Warangal can soon become a destination of Information Technology. Being second most important city of Telangana state, Warangal is attracting several investors. Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) which is located at NIT-Warangal is currently holding four I.T companies.[17] Incubation tower in madikonda is ready to make Warangal glow as an important IT destiny.[18]



Warangal has a domestic airport which was established in the year 1930 during Nizam period. All the exports and imports of Azam Jahi Mills, Warangal were done through this airport.[19] Currently, no flights are operated from this airport. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest major airport to Warangal which is at a distance of 164 km from the city.


Konark Express in Kazipet Junction

Warangal is well connected to all major Indian cities. Warangal railway station and Kazipet junction are two major stations under south central railway Secunderabad division. Warangal railway station is located on Delhi-Vijayawada-Chennai route. Kazipet railway station is located on Delhi-Kazipet-Secunderabad route. Kazipet junction acts as gateway between north and south India. Junction has a high traffic of more than 100 trains passing through it every day.[20] Kazipet town, Vanchanagiri, Hasanparthy Road are the other railway stations in Warangal corporation limits.


Traffic on warangal roads

National Highway 202 under construction from Hyderabad to Bhopalpatnam in Chhattisgarh passes through Warangal. District bus station of Warangal is located in Hanamkonda which connects warangal to other cities of Telangana. Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TGSRTC) runs number of buses from Warangal to distant locations like Bengaluru, Tirupati, Shirdi, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada.[21] All areas in the city are well connected by local buses which operates in various routes.


view of NIT warangal

Warangal city consists of several major institutions like National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Kakatiya University, Kakatiya Medical College, Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science, Arts and Science college.[22] In the year 1959 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone for NIT-Warangal. Now among the 30 NIT's present in India, National Institute of Technology-Warangal stands in top most position followed by NIT-Tiruchirapalli and NIT-Suratkal.[23] Kakatiya University is the next top institution in the city which was established in the year 1976 in huge area of 650 acres. The only government medical college in the city is Kakatiya Medical College, which is one of the 10 government medical colleges situated in Telangana is affiliated to kakatiya university.[24] There are around 30 engineering colleges present in warangal,[25] 14 out of 30 are located inside the corporation premises while rest are away from the city. Warangal holds number of primary schools. Trivi High School, Delhi Public School, Warangal Public School, Sparkrill International, Greenwood Institutions, Rao's My techno school are some of the famous primary institutions in the city.[26]

Heritage status[edit]

On 28 February 2013, Warangal was accorded World Heritage place status by UNESCO.[27]


  • Bhadrakali Temple was built in 625 CE by King Pulakesi II of the Chalukya dynasty.[citation needed] It lies in heart of the city. Stone image of the goddess Bhadrakali with eight hands holding eight different weapons is the main remarkable feature of this temple. Lake Bhadrakali with a radius of 2.5 km is an artificial water body near the temple surrounded with natural hills and rock formations.[28] The temple is visited by an average of 1,000 devotees per day, but on Sundays and festival days the number goes beyond 50,000.[29]
  • Construction of Warangal Fort began in 1199 CE during the period of Ganapathi Deva and was completed in 1261 A.D by his daughter Rudrama Devi.[30] Huge stone gateways called Kakatiya Toranas are the main attractions in the fort. This fort is surrounded by a gigantic mud wall standing 20 feet tall which has two layers, the second layer is completely made up of granite. There are around 45 pillars which spread in area over 19 km of radius, these pillars are circled around a temple called Swayambhudevi Aalayam which means temple of Mother Earth.[31]
  • Thousand Pillar Temple dates from 1163 CE and was constructed under the orders of Rudradeva of the Kakatiya dynasty. This temple is in shape of star and contains three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. There is a rock carved Nandi which connects these three shrines. The sculptural beauty of this temple is a reminiscent of Kakatiyan heritage. This temple is located in Hanamakonda, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Warangal railway station.[32]

Radio stations[edit]

  • AIR warangal 103.5FM[34]
  • RED 93.5FM[34]
Shopping Centers in Warangal
Asian Sri Devi Mall
Asian Sri Vijaya ( under construction )
Jakotia's Grand Central Mall
Kalyanlakshmi Shopping Mall
Kalyan Jewellers
Mangalya Shoppong Mall
Akshaya Shopping Mall
Nirmala Mall
South India Shopping Mall ( under construction )
Malabar Gold & Daimonds ( Coming Soon )
Tirumala Music Center
Sony Centers & every Leading Stores


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ http://censusindia.gov.in/2011-prov-results/paper2/data_files/India2/Table_3_PR_UA_Citiees_1Lakh_and_Above.pdf
  3. ^ "District Codes". Government of Telangana Transport Department. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Photo Gallery 187". YatraSalah.com. p. 74. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
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  9. ^ "High growth North yet to match spatial spread of South, West". The Indian Express. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to Warangal Municipal Corporation". Ourwmc.com. 1994-08-18. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Warangal Municipal limits altered with inclusion of 42 villages - hidden - National Panchayat Portal". Warangzp.appr.gov.in. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  12. ^ "Kakatiy Urban Development Au". Kuda.in. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  13. ^ Special Correspondent (2012-10-11). "Drive to keep Warangal clean". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  14. ^ "Warangal model for solid waste management". The Hindu. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  15. ^ "Detailed Profile Of The Project". Irrigation.cgg.gov.in. 2003-05-23. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  16. ^ "Enumamula Village, Hanamkonda Mandal, Warangal". India Growing. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  17. ^ Special Correspondent (2014-02-03). "STPI-Warangal woos investors". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  18. ^ /article1516044.ece#.UzFl9BSaUn4 "Warangal has good scope to be IT hub: Ponnala". The New Indian Express. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  19. ^ "Warangal Airport, Flights to / from Warangal | Information on Warangal Airport (WGC) Warangal - MakeMyTrip India". Makemytrip.com. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  20. ^ "Kazipet Railway Station – More than 100 years old | Telangana TourismTelangana Tourism". Exploretelangana.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  21. ^ "New bus service to Bangalore from Hanamkonda". The Hindu. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  22. ^ "Colleges in Warangal - Top & Best Colleges in Warangal, List of Educational Institutes in Warangal". Highereducationinindia.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  23. ^ "NITs List Rank Wise / Top Rank NIT Colleges in India - Naukri Home". Naukrihome.in. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  24. ^ "List Of Government Medical Colleges In Andhra Pradesh". Dme.ap.nic.in. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  25. ^ "Engineering Colleges in Warangal | Warangal Engineering Colleges". Apengineeringcolleges.in. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  26. ^ "English Medium Schools in Warangal, Schools For English Medium, India". Justdial. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  27. ^ Name * (2013-02-28). "TV9 - Warangal accorded World Heritage city status by UNESCO - Telugu TVTelugu TV". Telugutv.au.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
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  29. ^ Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao (2011-09-26). "Bhadrakali temple readies for Navaratri". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
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  31. ^ SPD: incredibleap.com. "Warangal Tourism, Tourism in ap, Tourism in Telangana, Temple, Railway Reservation, Railway time table, Bus Reservation, Pilgrims,Tourism in vijayawada, Tourism in vizag, Tourism in hyderarad, shamshabad airport, Famous Temples in Telangana. Resorts in Hyderabad.::". Incredibleap.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
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  34. ^ a b "FM Stations of india, list of Fm station in india @". Hindustanguide.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wagoner, Phillip B.; Rice, John Henry (2001). "From Delhi to the Deccan: Newly Discovered Tughluq Monuments at Warangal-Sult̤ānpur and the Beginnings of Indo-Islamic Architecture in Southern India". Artibus Asiae 61 (1): 77–117. JSTOR 3249963.  (subscription required)

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