Tourism in KarimnagarKarimnagar, located on the banks of Manair river, has got its name from one of its founders namely Syed Karimuddin. This region was an important centre of Satavahana dynasty. There are rich deposits of granite and coal in this district.
Karimnagar in Telangana attracts lot of tourists annually which does augment the economy of the district. The region has a rich cultural heritage as it was under the rule of various dynasties. Even today, the old buildings, temple and forts replay the saga of yesteryears. However, visit to the old monuments and time spent in modern wildlife sanctuary and parks - all will serve to rejuvenate and enlighten you to the hilt!
Tourist Places in Karimnagar
Sri Raja Rajeshwar Swamy Temple
Vemulawada is located just 35 kms. from Karimnagar and is famous for Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple complex. The temple is devoted to lord Shiva. The temple is also known as Daksnana Kashi - The Banaras of South India. Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Devotees believe that Lord Shiva chose to reside at Vemulawada after resting at Kashi, Srisailam and Chidambaram and Kedareswaram. Towards the right side of the temple lies an idol of Rajanna while at the left side is an idol of Sri Laxmi Sahitha Siddi Vinayaka.
Sri Raja Rajeshwar Swamy Temple
Temple Road, Vemulawada, Telangana
Phone: 087232 36040
At the centre of the three mandaps is an idol of Lord Eshwara shown in a meditative posture.
Inside the temple, there is a tomb which is dedicated to a Muslim saint. This truly depicts communal harmony and brotherhood Indians share with each other.
Many cultural activities are organized in the temple premises during Mahashivarathri.Vemulawada or Vemulavada is located on the Karimnagar-Kamareddy bus route. There is famous pond here known as Koneru or Dharma Gundam. It is believed that the water of this pond can cure ailments. Tourists and devotees especially visit this temple during Mahashivrathri celebrations.
There are some more temples in this site, namely, Bhimeshwara Swamy temple, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy temple and Kasi Visweswara temple.
Narasimha Swamy Temple, Dharmapuri
Temple in Dharmapuri is dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There are idols of Dakshinamurthy, Vinayaka and Saptha Mathrukas which have been carved on a single slab.
There is another temple - a 60 pillar temple where devotees pray to Mahishasuramardhani. Other temples at this site include Mahalakshmi temple, Akkapalle Rajanna, and over five hundred year old Sri Sita Rama Swami temple
Anjaneya Swamy Temple, KondagattuKondagattu is just 35 kms. from Karimnagar. The road from hill top is ghat road till you reach the base station.
There is a popular temple here which is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya Swamy. This temple was built in the 18th century by a cowherd. However, the present structure has been constructed by Krishna Rao Deshmukh. Devotees believe that if a woman offers prayers for 40 days in this temple, she will be blessed with a child. In the vicinity are located fort of Kondalaraya and Bojjapotana Caves. Hanuman Jayanti, which marks the birth of Lord Hanuman is celebrated annually here.
Kaleswara Muktheswara Swamy Temple, Kaleshwaram
Kaleshwaram is a place famous for Kaleswara Muktheswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The uniqueness of this temple is that there are two Shiva Lingams on a single pedestal (panivattam), one for Lord Shiva and the other for Lord Yama.
Kaleswaram is also known as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam as this is the point where river Godavari and its tributary Pranahita river merge. Mahashivrathri is celebrated in the temple with large number of devotees visiting the temple during this time. Kaleswaram village is in Mahadev mandal of Karimnagar district in Telangana.
- Distance from Karimnagar: 125 kms.
- Distance fromManthani: 60 kms.
Sivaram Wildlife SanctuaryWell, this is a must visit place for those who enjoy wild life at its best --- LIVE! There are big crocodiles and diverse species of birds. Trees and plants of different varieties also grow here.
Elagandal s only 10 kms. from Karimnagar and is situated on the banks of Manair river. The fort has witnessed reign of various dynasties from time to time which include Kakatiya dynasty, Bahmanis, Qutub Shahis, Mughals and Asaf Jahis.
Temples of Nelakantha Swamy and Narasimha Swamy are situated inside the fort. In 1754, Zafar-ud-Daula got the Brindavan Tank built which can be seen today near the fort. There are tombs of saints too at this place and annual Urs of saints is celebrated.
Lower Manair DamThis dam is built across Manair river (tributary of Godavari river). The construction of this dam commenced in 1974 and it was completed in 1985. The dam is about 27 m high.
This beautiful park was inaugurated in the year 2001 and is a favourite picnic spot of tourists. This park is very close to the banks of Manair river.
Nagunur FortNagunur fort is famous for Shiva temple. It was the centre of power for Kakatiya dynasty. Places in the vicinity comprise of Kothakonda Village, Lower Manair Dam and Ujwala Park.
KothakondaThis is a lovely village surrounded by hills on all sides. There is a temple dedicated to Veerabhadra Swamy here. He is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
KomuravelliThe temple situated here is dedicated to Lord Sri Mallikarjuna swamy. But there is a difference between other temples and this temple! The temple idol of Lord Sri Mallikarjuna swamy looks fierce! He stands here along with Kethamma and Medalamma on the both sides. The temple is situated on a hill and devotees visit here during Makara Sankranthi and during 'pedda patnam' on Maha Shivrathri.
Do you know that the idol of Lord Mallikarjuna swamy was made of clay some 500 years ago! The temple has been renovated and beautified now. This temple is also referred to as 'Komuravelli Mallanna' and is very popular in Telangana.
- Distance from Warangal: 110 kms.
- Distance from Hyderabad: 85 kms.
Hotels in Karimnagar are not very expensive and accommodation options are available for all types of hotels according to your budget. These include Srinivasa Hotel on Bus Stand Road, Manair Hotel near Karimnagar Urban, Nawab’s Hotel on Civil Hospital Road and Urban and City Inn Hotel (Kothirampur).