Nalgonda District is located in the Telangana state of India. Nalgonda was earlier called Neelagiri by Rajput rulers and the name was finally changed to Nallagonda after its conquest by Bahamani king.
There are many places of tourist attractions. Yadagiri Gutta, a revered pilgrimage in Nalgonda is situated near Bhuvanagiri Town. It is located close to the capital city of Hyderabad. The temple draws huge crowds during festivals and weekends and is an abode of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
The district shares Nagarjunasagar dam along with AP. The largest masonry dam in the world, it consists of 26 gates and a Hydroelectric plant. The tourism department of Telangana offers excellent boating facilities in the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar dam. Bhuvanagiri Fort built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya gives a bird’s eye view of a vast area. PillalaMarri is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is considered 1000 years old. It is also the birthplace of the famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu.
Sri Jain Mandir at Kolanupaka village, near Aler town is a 2000-year old temple consisting of three holy idols of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahaveera and Theerthankaras. Nandikonda is a small village on the banks of the river Krishna with several Buddhist structures and pillared halls and is home to a renowned museum of the Archaeological Survey of India. Panagal has several ancient temples built during the reign of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings.
Chaya Someswara swamy Temple is located in Panagal village, Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. This temple was built during 11th &12th centuries by the Ikshvaku family. The temple got the name, as it is believed that there is an everlasting shadow on Lord Shiva’s Lingam in the main temple, all day.
Mellacheruvu is a small village in the Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. Mellacheruvu still carries the imprint of the prosperous Kakatiya dynasty and its renowned architecture. One such grand testimonial depicting the skill of the Kakatiyan artisans is the temple of Swayambhu Sambhulingeswara Swami. This temple manifested the dynasty’s royalty, richness and gratitude towards the Lord Shiva. It is also one of the most celebrated temples of Telangana.
Tourist places in and around Nalgonda
Today, Nalgonda is an important part of Andhra Pradesh from the point of view of tourism. The reason is that Nalgonda receives a major part of its economy from tourism since it does not have any other major business to depend upon.
Some of the interesting places worth visiting at Nalgonda are Mattapalli, Pillalmari, Rajiv park, the Phanigiri Buddhist Sites, the Panagal Temple, the Nandikonda, the Lateef Sheb Dargah, the Kollanpaku Jain Temple, the Rachakonda Fort, Mellachervu, the Deverakonda Fort and the Bhuvanangiri Fort. All these places hold a lot of significance in the history of Nalgonda.
Nalgonda Travel Information
Two Hills in the Town: (due to which the name Nalgonda) have got enormous potential to trekking adventures and also spiritually as a Dargah (Lateef saheb dargah) is located over the hill. One more hill Kapurala gutta is also present with in the Town.
Yadagiri gutta : Yadagiri Gutta, which is the most devotional place in Nalgonda is located near Bhuvanagiri Town. It is close to Hyderabad, the capital city and the APSRTC runs many buses to the temple town from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station. The temple draws huge crowds, especially during vacations and on weekends. This is the Place of worship of Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swami.
Nagarjuna Sagar: This is famous Dam in south india with 26 gates and a Hydroelectric plant. The place also hosts waterfalls called 'Ethipothala' and Gowthama Buddha Museum.
Bhuvanangiri Fort:Bhuvanangiri Fort was built by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI on an isolated rock. The Bala Hisar or citadel on the top of the hill gives a bird's eye view of the neighbouring area. The fort is associated with the herioc queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra's rule.
Mattapalli: One of the famous devotional places in A.P is also in Nalgonda dist. Sri Jain Mandir,
Kolanupaka: The Jain Shrine at Kolanupaka village, near Aler town is more than 2000 years old.This holy temple has three holy idols of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath and ord Mahaveera and 21 other "Theerthankaras". It is very recently renovated by more than 150 artisans from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Nandikonda: A small village on the banks of the Krishna River where several Buddhist structures like monasteries and pillared halls were unearthed and preserved in a museum of the Central Archeological Department.
Panagal/Panagallu : A village near Nalgonda. There are several ancient temples built under the reign of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings. There is an archeological museum which has several interesting artifacts.
Vaadapalli: This is famous for its bridge and also called 'Triveni sangamam' where three rivers Godavari, Krishna and Musi meet.
How to reach Nalgonda
It is easy to reach Nalgonda via trains and roads, though the place does not fall into the path of any of the National Highways directly. The railway station at Nalgonda is an important one on the Guntur-Secunderabad railway line, and there are many trains that do stopover in the town.
The road transport system is also good and there are many buses that ply regularly to and fro from Nalgonda. The nearest airport is at Hyderabad.
The place has a tropical climate with extremely dry and hot summers. Nalgonda receives average rainfall during the monsoons, and the winters are mildly cold. People visiting Nalgonda prefer doing so during the winter time and that too only after mid-day because the sun’s rays tend to soften towards evening, and it is quite pleasant during late evenings and at nights.