Thousand Pillar Temple, along with "Warangal Fort" and "Ramappa Temple" are added to the tentative list of World Heritage sites recognised by UNESCO.
Ramappa Temple / Ramalingeswara Temple : Ramappa Temple also known as the Ramalingeswara temple, which is located 77 km from Warangal, the ancient capital of the Kakatiya dynasty, 157 km from Hyderabad in the state of Telangana in southern India. It is located Palampet village in Mulug Taluk of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, a tiny village long past its days of glory in the 13th and 14th centuries. The temple is a Shivalaya, where Lord Ramalingeswara is worshiped. The hall in front of the sanctum has numerous carved pillars that have been positioned to create an effect that combines light and space wonderfully. Temple is known by the name of the sculptor Ramappa, who built it. The history says that it took 40 years to build this temple. Temple is a marvelous example of Kakatiyan creative genius, with beautiful art, intricate carvings adorning the walls, pillars and ceilings. The roof (garbhalayam) of the temple is built with bricks, which are so light that they are able to float on water. There are two small Shiva shrines on either side of the main temple. The enormous Nandi within, facing the shrine of Shiva, remains in good condition.
Thousand Pillar Temple : The Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanamakonda, Telangana State, India. It is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. Many Hindu temples were developed under the patronage of Ganapati Deva, Rudrama Devi and Prataparudra who were of Kakatiya dynasty. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva.There are 1,000 pillars in the structure, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God. The temple is surrounded by a big garden in which many small lingam shrines can be seen. There is a carving of a Nandi bull in the form of a highly polished black basalt monolith.
Warangal Fort : The fort has four ornamental gates, known as Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, that originally formed the entrances to a now ruined great Shiva temple. Warangal was under the rule of the Yadava kings in the 8th century; in the 12th century, it came under the control of the Kakatiya dynasty. Although precise dating of its construction and subsequent enhancements is uncertain, historians and archaeologists generally agree that an earlier brick-walled structure was replaced with stone by Ganapatideva, who died in 1262, and that he was s쳮ded by his daughter Rudrama Devi, who ruled until 1289, and then her grandson Prataparudra II, whose reign came to be known as a "Golden Age". Ganapatideva, Rudramadevi, and Prataparudra II all added to the fort's height, building gateways, square bastions, and additional circular earthen walls.
NOTE : Tour to be started at Early morning around 6 am as Palampet is around 160 kms from Hyderabad.