Medak Tourism & Travel Guide

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Road Trip to Medak

It’s been quite some time since we had our last road trip. We were looking for a short week...

Madhumita Banerjee
Merry Christmas at Medak

On Christmas last year, since our usual year end vacation was done, we were lazing in Hyderabad w...

Kalyan Konduri
One day trip from ( Hyderabad to Medak

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Visiting the 2nd largest Christian Diocese in the world & more - Medak

I had read about this small place about 100 km from Hyderabad which was home to the world's secon...

Ananiah Blessing
A short trip to Wanderer's diocese: Medak

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Thrifty Traveller
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Travel chronicles – Medak. July 2017

Unplanned trips are great, agreed. But, you know what’s better? Cheap, fun filled trips. Pocket f...

Natasha Virdi

A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, pulsates with vivid heritage. The metropolitan section of the city comprises of the hilltop Golconda, the modern city of Secunderabad and the old city of Hyderabad which are separated by an artificial lake - Hussain Sagar. On the western end lies the Hi-Tech city or the cyber hub of the city. One of the main attractions of the old Hyderabad city are its frantic bazaars swarming with chai and spice traders. This is a major contributing factor to Hyderabad’s tourism. Among the other places to visit in the city, the iconic Charminar built in 1591 to commemorate Hyderabad’s founding, the opulent Chowmahalla palace and one of the world’s largest mosques - the Mecca Masjid are the most popular. The art enthusiasts could head to the Kalakriti and Birla art galleries. As one of the must-dos in the city, plan a day trip to the Ramoji Film City (Telangana’s film industry - Tollywood). Also, no trip to Hyderabad city will ever be complete without the delectable trifecta of Irani chai, Osmania biscuits and the quintessential biryani.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Warangal is a land famous for its architectural feats. Though not really a tourist spot, the ancient city has multitudes of experiences to offer by way of its beautiful temples, wildlife sanctuary, a grand fort and a serene lake to satisfy the thirst of travellers. The most famous spot is the star-shaped, 800-year-old Thousand Pillared Temple with its uniquely carved stone pillars. Warangal is replete with temples such as the Ramappa temple, Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani temple, Sri Veeranarayana temple, the most beautifully located being the Bhadrakali Temple. The exquisite carvings, arches and pillars of the Warangal fort are noteworthy along with its South Indian architectural style. The turquoise blue manmade lake of Pakhal amidst the lush greens forests is where you want to be for the most breathtaking sceneries. If you’re visiting during September or October, you may get to witness the vivid festival of flowers celebrated by the Hindu women, Bathukamma. You may not find the most opulent hotels, but there are decent ones to spend a night at, such as City Grand or Grand Gayathri. Try the local eateries for their lip-smacking ghee idlis and dosas.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool is home to some of the most sacred temples of India, including the Shrine of Srisailam, Peta Anjaneyaswami and Birla Mandir. Kurnool being a developing city, you will find spots with construction going on in full swing. Belum Caves is one such attraction. Considered to be one of the longest caves in India, it is a great way to spend your day. The caves demand a lot of walking around, so do wear comfortable shoes when you head here. The oxygen here is a little low so don't take toddlers with you and also avoid if you are claustrophobic. Ugra stambham is another lovely sightseeing spot with great views. It's definitely worth a visit, though you should avoid going in the afternoon since it can get very hot.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
On the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka lies the saintly city of Mantralayam. The city revolves around the much prestigious saint, Shri Guru Raghavendra Swamy. Being a relatively small place and unpopular among tourists, it makes sense that most of the visitors here are his disciples. The Samadhi Temple or Brundavan is the site where Swamy is believed to have entered his tomb, alive. Inside the complex of the temple is the main shrine of the saint. Devotees still believe that he dwells in his holy form. Being the site of utmost devotion, it is very restricted in its approaches. Men who want to perform aarti are supposed to wear only dhotis and women only sarees. This dress code is strictly followed when you want to go near the Brundavan. Food or bhog is served to all devotees and visitors during the afternoon. In a place named Raichur, 20 km from Mantralayam, the temple of Panchamukha commemorates the place where Shri Guru Raghavendra meditated for 12 years at a stretch. Overall this place holds the aura of an earthly experience rather than serving as a vacation.
Located in Telangana, Karimnagar has seen rapid development in the last couple of years. Known for its monuments and historical relevance, it is the perfect destination if art and architecture interest you. The famous Veera Hanuman temple is situated in the district along with a few other sightseeing spots.
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Srisailam is a prominent religious destination located on the banks of Krishna River in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Well known for the Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple, which is one amongst the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of India, Srisailam draws countless religious travellers every year. Another reason for its popularity is the Srisailam reference in the Vedic stories of Mahabharata. Some of the prominent attractions here are Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, Akkamahadevi Caves and Srisailam Sanctuary. Akkamahadevi Caves is one of those places where the journey is as amazing as the destination. The Ista Kameshwari Temple, located 16 km from Srisailam, is another unmissable place. After crossing the temple, you can head to some beautiful waterfalls and valleys around the region.

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Unplanned trips are great, agreed. But, you know what’s better? Cheap, fun filled trips. Pocket friendly trips break all norms of a perfect getaway. I find a lot of people waiting out to either save money or stack up ample time only to have that perfect holiday. But truth be told, you can get away every time you feel that heavy plunge on your shoulders. Just decide to instead of piling excuses.Spontaneous people are my favorite. It is a blessing to have likeminded souls with similar days off and homes at walkable distance.One morning, like any other good morning Deepika, me and my running nose meet for breakfast. We spoke random bullshit until it ended with ‘let’s go somewhere’. The very next min we find ourselves in an auto heading to the railway station. The lady at the counter looked at us weirdly because we kept asking for tickets to random places. We eventually got past our muddled minds and headed to Medak. Train isn’t the best convenience so we took the bus from JBS.This trip costed us 500 each inclusive of food (breakfast+lunch) and conveyance. We started late in the morning almost noon and returned by 9.00 pm. We boarded the comfortable bus, surprisingly comfortable (non-private, non-a/c). It took us around three hours to reach and almost the same time to return. Our mind didn’t pass the memory test because we struggled to remember the last trip we made there. We didn’t care because we were prepped to experience it all over again.Medak is famous for a church, a fort and a dam but because we arrived at noon, we had to choose one place and line up another, if time permitted. We agreed on the medak fort because it was new to the both of us. We met a kind auto man Raju, he took us to the ‘deserted’ fort that was filled with our ancestors. Those wild uncouth monkeys made up their minds to chase us with terrifying eyes. We wondered, how would we even get past these hyperactive mischief makers. We decided to make a U turn and go elsewhere but Raju had different plans. He transformed into our protector, picked up his sword (a wooden stick) and led us to the top. We are grateful to him, we wouldn’t be able to visit the fort on our own.The fort spoke gloriously, the remains shined light on a magnificent past and the stoney walls sung praises of that fortress. This was built in the 12th century then reigned by the Kakatiyas. Forts are supposed to be glorious but this fort surprised us further. We found a government hotel and a policeman, as we climbed our way up. I find it thrilling to imagine renting a room there. Imagine your rooms backyard is a fort. Holy cow, how amazing is that? The policeman was right at the top and it was necessary because that place is a perfect example for abandoned, isolated and deserted.Raju told us his own version of the fort while we doused in the serene landscape before our eyes. We couldn’t visit any other place because time just flew and our hungry asses needed food. We headed straight to the most famous mess there and had the typical south Indian thali. Needless to say, it was super delicious.Our joy rides bubbled with sweet memories, dreamy thoughts and candid smiles. The weather around that time was dreamy with hovering clouds, mellowing breeze and titivating skies. I craved to see a rainbow, I wasn’t surprised to know the heavens were kind enough to oblige. I saw a pretty rainbow virtually. As we moved further from Hyderabad the rainbow seemed closer through the pictures and posts of others but none to our travel eyes.Returning from our mini adventure our hearts were full, our faces shined and our travel tales survive.I urge you to travel. Wishing you loads of travel tales.

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