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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)
Area rank 2
Elevation 302 m (991 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Metropolis 8,19,249
 • Rank 2nd in Telangana
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
 • Metro[2] 8,19,249
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 the 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 after Hyderabad in Telangana.[7].Its metropolis area occupies 471.7 km2 (182.1 sq mi) .According to the report of samagra kutumba survey which was held by the Government of Telangana state on 19 august 2014, the population of Warangal city is 8,19,249.[8]. It is well known for Heritage and has been included in the scheme of Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) along with eleven other cities of the country[9]. It is also selected in the finalized list of 100 proposed smart cities by NDA government with the view of developing urban infrastructure and industrial investment in the listed cities[10].


Warangal was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty from the 12th to the 14th centuries CE. 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. After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state on 2nd june 2014, it became a part of newly formed Telangana state.

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.[11].According to the report of survey done by the state government, Warangal city population has increased to 8,19,249 in the year of 2014.

Religions and Languages[edit]

Hinduism is the biggest religion in the city followed Islam and Christianity. Hindu religion makes a percentage of 85.6 of total city population while Islam makes a percentage of 11.1, third biggest religion christianity shares 3.2%. Other religions of Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains are less than 1%.Telugu is the official language of warangal with common dialect and Telangana dialect, Urdu and Hindi are widely spoken in the city. Substantial population of warangal comprises of Gujarati, Rajasthani and Oriya who were migrated and settled[12]. Major proportion of muslim population is found in Charbowli and Mandi bazaar areas of old city[13].

Civic administration[edit]

Civic administration is the responsibility of Warangal Municipal Corporation, which oversees the three cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet. In July 1951 the city was upgraded to Special Grade Municipality status. Later, in July 1960, it was upgraded to Selection Grade Municipality. On 18 August 1994, the city was declared a municipal corporation.[14] Presently, the Corporation controls 471.7 square km2 after the agglomeration of 42 surrounding villages.[15]

City planning is governed by Kakatiya Urban Development Authority, which was constituted in 1982. It oversees development of infrastructure and other projects in the city.[16]

The Corporation implemented some pilot projects, such as the Solid Waste Management programme, that were so successful that other corporations have since implemented them.[17][18] The city is divided into 53 political wards where each ward is represented by an area corporator.


Warangal Municipal Corporation (WMC)

According to the 2011 census of India, Warangal is one of the Indian cities that has seen rapid growth of urbanisation. This category is led by cities such as Gandhinagar (35% to 43%), Warangal (19% to 28%), Kozhikode (38% to 67%) and Krishna (32% to 41%).[19]

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Warangal. Irrigation depends mainly on monsoon and seasonal rainfalls. Major crops are paddy, cotton, mango and wheat. Warangal benefits from the Godavari lift irrigation scheme which is designed to lift water from the Godavari river to irrigate drought prone areas in the Telangana region.[20]

The city hosts Asia's second-biggest grain market, located in Enumamula.[21] It is also attracting investors in information technology.[22] The incubation tower at Madikonda is likely to play a significant role in this development also.[23]

Hyderabad Warangal Industrial Corridor[edit]

State government of Telangana declared the industrial corridor in between the cities of Hyderabad and Warangal. This is carried out in the first phase of Industrial policy announced by the government. Textile park is also declared to the city in industrial policy to develop it as textile hub, city is also marked for food processing industry to spur the growth of state's economy[24].

City View[edit]

Warangal is a major city in the state of Telangana, also the second biggest city next to Hyderabad in terms of both area and population. It is one of the tourist destinations with rich Heritage and Culture famous for temples, architecture and forts. It is considered as educational hub of north telangana as the city is home for number of institutions from primary education to professional[25]. Some of the busy locations in the city are Hanamkonda, MG Road, Kazipet, Girmajipet, Naimnagar, Subedari, Hunter Road, Nakkalgutta, Petrol Bunk, SVN Road, JPN Road, Ambedkar Centre[26].



Warangal had a domestic airport (near mamnur) which was established in 1930.[citation needed] Currently, no flights are operated from this airport. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest major airport and is 164 kilometres (102 mi) from the city.

  • Warangal Airport was the largest airport in the country at the time, with 1875 acres in land, a 6.6 km runway, a pilot and staff quarters, a pilot training centre and more than one terminal. No scheduled commercial air service at this time.
  • Now the runway is also became unsuitable for planes as the runway has become rougher than it should be.


Konark Express in Kazipet Junction

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.[27] 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.

The district bus station is located in Hanamkonda, connecting Warangal to other cities of Telangana. Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) runs number of buses from Warangal to distant locations like Bengaluru, Tirupati, Shirdi, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada.[28]


view of NIT warangal

Warangal has several major educational institutions, including National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Kakatiya University, Kakatiya Medical College and Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science.[29]


On 28 February 2013, Warangal was accorded World Heritage place status by UNESCO.[30]

  • 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.[31] 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.[32]
  • 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.[33] Huge stone gateways called Kakatiya Kala Thoranam 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.But if you go to the temple now you cannot see as described here as it was destroyed by som eother kings who later came here.[34]
  • 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.[35]


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "District Codes". Government of Telangana Transport Department. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Kakatiy Urban Development Au". Kuda.in. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Detailed Profile Of The Project". Irrigation.cgg.gov.in. 23 May 2003. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Enumamula Village, Hanamkonda Mandal, Warangal". India Growing. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  22. ^ Special Correspondent (3 February 2014). "STPI-Warangal woos investors". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  23. ^ /article1516044.ece#.UzFl9BSaUn4 "Warangal has good scope to be IT hub: Ponnala". The New Indian Express. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
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  28. ^ "New bus service to Bangalore from Hanamkonda". The Hindu. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Colleges in Warangal - Top & Best Colleges in Warangal, List of Educational Institutes in Warangal". Highereducationinindia.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
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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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