Warangal is a city in south-eastern India and the administrative headquarters of Warangal district in the state of Telangana. The 11th-14th century inscriptions and literature refers Warangal as Omtikonda or Orugallu or Oruganti or Ekashila Nagaram, on account of its proximity to a monolithic hillock was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty from 1195 CE until that ruling family was defeated by the Delhi Sultanate in 1323. The city was then renamed as Sultanpur . This area was continuously ruled by Sathavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kakatiyas, Bahamanies, and others. After the fall of Bahamani Kingdom,Warangal fell to the “Qutab Shahis” of Golkonda and thereafter it has came under the sway of Nizam’s dominitions.
The history of Warangal goes back to pre-historic times as evidenced by the discovery of Paleolithic artifacts. The city was also mentioned by the famous Venetian traveler Marco Polo.
The city has a rich cultural heritage and attracts thousands of visitors every year. It has beautiful Lakes , Forts, Architectural Monuments, Wild Life Sanctuary, Musical Garden , Rock Garden, Vana Vigyana Kendra, Regional Science Centre , a fine blend of new and old. The city’s built heritage includes Warangal Fort (an impressive fort constructed in 13th century by Kakatiyas and famous for its beautiful carved four ‘Kirthi Stambhas” facing the four cardinal points); Thousand Pillar Temple (built by Kakatiyas in 1163 in Chalukyan style); Bhadra Kali Temple (noted for its stone image of Goddess Kali) and lake(Ramappa Lake, Pakhal Lake and Lakhnavaram lake); Siddeshwara temple (built in 3rd century), Kush mahal (built in indo-Saracenic style); 2,000-year-old Jain temple of Mahavira; Kazipet Darga (famous for the tombs of Nizam period) and many other magnificent buildings