Shades of an Ancient City
Located in the newly formed state of Telangana, Nalgonda is a town deeply rooted in old traditions with ancient temples, forts, and scenic views that can be a real treat for the eyes. It derives its name from two Telugu words, namely 'Nalla' and 'Konda' that translates to the Black Hills. Located between two hills, this place is sure to wipe you off your feet with its refreshing, yet surprising surrounding sites. This quaint town is surrounded by Krishna and Khammam district on the east, Mahaboobnagar and Hyderabad districts on the west, Guntur is the west and Warangal and Medak in the north.
Nalgonda was formerly known as Nilagiri until it was subdued under the reign of the Nizams and came to be popularly acclaimed as Nalagonda. It has its existence dated back to centuries and centuries ago, as believed by the archeologists around. The history is richly garnished with stories and Nalgonda has witnessed the change of hands under many rulers from Mauryas to the Ikshavus and then to the Pallavas. This little town is dotted with traces of their reign that is admired by many who come to visit. It presents a delightful blend of cultures and traditions that reflect the lush history that it has undergone over the period of time. Today, this place may pop into your minds for its strong political undertakings and views that has its seeds planted since the time of Mauryas. It goes without saying that anyone who visits this destination, gets a delightful peek into the historic magnificence that it is centered around. For anyone who is an enthusiast of architecture or a nature lover, this place is a haven of experience waiting to be explored!
Nalgonda is the perfect destination for a family outing and enjoying your time sightseeing around. It is dotted with architectural marvel of historic forts around the landscape of the region. The Bhangirl fort is one such gem whose expansive structure is itself a subject of awe for many visitors who come to visit here. It sits on a rock at an altitude of about 500m above sea level and entices you with a view of the city from the top. This fort was commissioned by one of the Vikramaditya kings and is believed to be one of the poised magnificence of its time. The Deverakonda Fort is another sight to behold that was built in the 13th or 14th-century and under the control of the mighty Padma Nayaka rulers for decades.
It is a treat for those who want to tap the spiritual side with a visit to some of the beautiful and ancient villages that have attracted many devotees over the years. Head on over to Mellachervu village, a humble village that rich with temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. They are not only a subject of religious relevance but also a spot of underappreciated architecture and fine craftsmanship.
For the nature lovers, who are looking for a weekend getaway, worry not, because this destination will quench your need to embrace and relish some great moments. The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and the Ethipothala waterfalls are two of the frequently recommended spots around Nalgonda. The Dam is a sight to behold itself with the gracious ripples of the river Krishna flowing underneath.
Top things do in Nalgonda
How to reach
Nalgonda is well connected with Hyderabad by road and rail. There is no direct flight to reach here, however, the distance can be easily covered by buses that ply this route on a regular basis.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport - Hyderabad. The flight connectivity here is good and is connected to all the major metro cities around India. Nalgonda is located at 80 km from Nalgonda and can be easily reached by availing the cab service from the airport.
How to Reach by Train
Nalgonda has a railway station that is located 3 km from the city. You can get cabs outside the station to take you to your preferred destination.
How to Reach by Bus
Telangana State Road Transport Corporation buses run along the Hyderabad - Nalgonda route on a regular basis. You can also find private buses traveling this route on a daily basis.
How to Reach by Road
Being surrounded by Secundrabad, Jaggaiahpet, and Khammam which are 57.0 km, 57.66 km, 60.66 km away respectively, the route to Nalgonda is easily accessible.
How to travel within
The visitors who frequent Nalgonda prefer to travel within by hiring a cab since it poses with an opportunity to discover all the sites at your own convenience. However, this might prove to be expensive.
A cheaper option would be to travel in and around Nalgonda by buses or auto rickshaws that can take you to the required destinations even at bargained rates.
Nalgonda is sure to offer a great boost to your taste buds with the scrumptious Andhra cuisine. There are several restaurants and eateries where you can savor the local delicacies and pamper yourself. A couple of good places are
- Dine Inn Restaurant
You can devour the mouthwatering biryani here without burning a hole in your pocket.
- 7 Food Court
This is a good place to halt for refreshments and provides you with options more than just the Andhra cuisine.
- Visit Panchala Someswar Temple and Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam Surendrapuri (Speciality Museum by afternoon)
- Visit Bhongir Fort and Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by early evening
- Enjoy evening time leisurely at Kapurala Gutta - a scenic walking area.