Spontaneous travel plans work like charm than those you plan a long time ahead. On a weekend the urge to go on a long drive engulfed the whole family and we scrambled for nearby options to Hyderabad for a day’s trip, having a few options such as Kurnool, Karimnagar etc. found Warangal to be the nearest and could be covered in a day with maximum sites covered. We thought to start early around 5:30 – 6:00 am however, could not start before 8 am due to some reasons. However being a break period for Monsoon it was a clear day with patchy clouds.
Warangal, a city marked among the 12 heritage cities identified by the government on India. The drive to Warangal is approximately 3 hours at a 70 – 80 km. As usual we took the ORR cruising at 110 Kmph our first stop was Bhongir fort, was built in the 10th century on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. The fort has a unique egg shaped layout with two entry points protected by huge rocks. The fort now a days also houses a Rappelling and Rock climbing institute.
Going with a small kid is something one should consider because the climb is steep and the pathway is not very well maintained. Though we managed to climb a considerable part of the fort with my kid, however could not reach the top of the fort. May be next time
We then started for our next destination Thousand Pillar temple. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathis. The temple is star-shaped with several shrines and lingams. There are three shrines inside the temple called the Trikutalayam, dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. There are 1,000 pillars in the structure, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God.
By the time we came out of the temple it was already noon and we were doubtful if we would reach the next destination Bhadra Kali temple on time as it closes during noon as any other temple. However, we managed to reach the temple just in time to get the temple. The temple is situated at an isolated place not very far away from the city and is situated at the banks of a lake, the temple is beautifully built and maintained, the nearby rocky contours give it a fascinating look. Bhadrakali is the popular form of Devi worshipped n Kerala as Sri Bhadrakali and Kariam Kali Murti Devi. In Kerala she is seen as the auspicious and fortunate form of Kali who protects the good.
This goddess is represented with three eyes, and four, twelve, or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons, with flames flowing from her head, and a small tusk protruding from her mouth. I was enchanted by the beauty of the idol and the way it was decorated with flowers and garlands. The glittering lamps around the idol looked like jewels.
It was time for lunch and there was no good place to eat nearby so we looked upon to Google places to suggest something good and we came across Bayleaf multi cuisine restaurant, a decent restaurant with good food and ambiance and a courteous staff, we had a sumptuous lunch with my kid enjoying the food and games in the play area maintained within the restaurant.
Then we moved to search for Rock garden but to our disappointment some locals told that it was closed permanently. I was enthusiastic to visit it as my visit to the Rock garden in Chandigarh long back was a very good experience however, we later went to the musical garden it hosts a laser show in the evenings. We went there so that the kid could enjoy and play around for some time. The garden is well maintained and popular amongst the locals for weekend picnics and fun frolics.
We then moved to the Warangal fort, if you expect it be a like any other fort like Red fort, Fatehpur Sikri etc then you may be a bit disappointed as the main attraction is the remains of the courtyard of the fort. The courtyard displays numerous architectural carvings and sculptures. It was a good experience to see these, in addition to there are a couple of more building remains in the vicinity, one of the area is now converted as a children’s park.
Around 5 pm we headed back to Hyderabad with some good memories. The road being a two lane road we wanted to start a bit early so that by the time darkness fell we would be reaching the four lane road near Bhongir.