Karimnagar Travel Information
Vemulawada - Rajarajeshawara Temple : Located 38 kms from Karimnagar, at Vemulawada is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Rajarajeshwara swamy which draws pilgrims from far. Built by Chaluka Kings between the 750 A.D. & 975 A.D., the complex houses several temples dedicated to deities like Sri Rama, Lakshmana, Goddess Lakshmi, Ganapathy and Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Another interesting temple is dedicated to Lord Bhimeshwara.
There are a number of open galleries in the complex that are worth seeing; especially the Mirror gallery (Addala Mantapa) and a corridor with a number of Shiva idols. The tank at the temple, called Dhrama Kundam, by itself is a place of tourist interest since it's believed that the water has curative properties. Pilgrims first bathe in this tank & then proceed for darshan.
Interestingly there is a Muslim Dargah inside the temple complex where all devotees irrespective of caste or creed offer prayers.
Kameshwaram Travel Information: This picturesque spot, surrounded by thick forests is located 130 Kms from Karimnagar, 32 Kms from Manthani and lies on the confluence of the River Pranahitha and the River Godavari.
The ancient temple dedicated to Mukteshwara swamy is of special significance as two Shivalinga's are found on a single pedestal. Besides several temples situated here the one dedicated to Brahma is rather uncommon.
Dharmapuri Travel Information: On the banks of River Godavari, 78 Kms from Karimnagar, is the 15th century temple town of Dharmapuri. According to the legend king Bali Verma performed the Dharma Devta Yagna. He wanted all his people to follow and live according to Dharma.
Hence this village got its name as Dharmapuri. It was an ancient seat of learning languages, literature, dance and music. Among the prominent temples in the town are the 13th century Sri Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy temple, Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple, Sri Ramallingeshwara Swamy temple where Shiva & Vishnu temples exist side by side. River Godavari adds to the scenic splendor .
Nagunur Fort: This fort ramparts were once alive with the sounds of a bustling town and people of the Kakatiya Empire. The fort is testimony to the imperial powers of the Kakatiyas. It was one of the most important forts of the emerging Kakatiya empire and contains ruins of a cluster of Kalyana & Kakathiya temples.
The pillars and galleries around the Shiva temple here are worth seeing. The most important temple in the complex is the Shiva temple which has three shrines. The main entrance to the temple is on the northern side and the three shrines face the other three directions.
The beams of the temple have sculptured images of musicians playing on Mridangam and other instruments. Panels are carved with visuals of dancers in graceful poses. The village of Nagunur is just about 8 kms from Karimnagar Town.
Manthani Travel Information: Manthani, 70 Kms from Karimnagar is situated on the banks of river Godavari. This is a very ancient center of Vedic learning and even today there are many scholars well versed in Vedas & Sastras.
Among several temples situated here the important ones are of Lord Saileshwara, Laxminarayana Swamy, Omkeshwara Swamy & Mahalaxmi. It is also a main centre for Jainism & Buddhism
Dhulikatta Travel Information: 20 Kms from Karimnagar is Dhulikatta an important Buddhist spot visited by monks from all over the world. Many Buddhist stupas of the Satavahana period are found here. The 3 day Satavahana festival in conducted in the month of January every year
Kondagattu Travel Information: About 35Kms from Karimnagar is this breathtaking temple of Lord Anjaneya Swamy. Situated amidst hills, valleys & water springs Kondagattu is blessed by nature and very scenic. According to the folklore, the temple was constructed by a cowherd some 300 years ago. The present day temple has been built 160 years ago by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. It is believed that if a women offers puja for 40 days at this temple then she will be blessed with a child.
Apart from the temple, the fort of Kondalaraya and Bojjapotana caves is worth seeing at Kondagattu.
Raikal Travel Information: Located 75Kms from Karimnagar the ancient temple of Kesavanatha Swamy is situated here. Built in the 11th century A. D. by the Kakatiyas the temple has beautiful sculptures. Another interesting temple is that of Panchamukhalingeshwara Swamy (Lord Shiva wit five faces) which is believed to be one of the only two existing, the other being at Kasi.
Besides there is a temple of Bhimanna in whose honor an annual Jatra is held for 3 days during January - February.
Molangoor Quilla: 30 Kms from Karimnagar, strategically located on summit of a big isolated granite hill, this for was built by the Kakathiyas. The ruins of palaces, garrisons, stables and other structures stand as mute witnesses to the velour and pride of the fort.
Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary: Located 10 Kms Manthani, 80 Kms from Karimnagar & 50 Kms from Mancherial is the Shivaram wildlife sanctuary. This 37 sq.Kms riverine forest mixed with teak & terminalia is home to Marsh Crocodiles of river Godavari. It also harbors Panthers, Sloth Bears, Nilgari, Black Buck, Cheetal, Python& Languor . The undulating natural terrain adds to the beauty of the sanctuary.