Derived from two Telugu words, Nalla and Konda which means Black and Hill respectively, Nalgonda is a place for every travel lover. Earlier known as Nilagiri, the town got its name Nallagonda during the Bahamanis rule. Later during the Nizam reign, it became Nalgonda. With irreplaceable glory of history and the unwavering charm of nature, Nalgonda attracts hordes of tourists from everywhere.
A tour to Nalgonda from Telangana Tourism offers an interesting insight into the bygone world as well as glimpse of the captivating nature. This place is quite popular amongst pilgrims. One of the most popular tourist places in Nalgonda is Yadagirigutta. Located near the Bhuvanagiri Town, this temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. It is said that this temple has been mentioned even in the holy Skanda Purana, which is one of 18 purana. One of the best times to visit this temple is in March, during the annual festival of brahmotsavam.
Another popular temple of this district from Telangana Tourism is the Chaya Someswara swamy Temple, which is situated in the Panagal village. Built by Ikshvaku family during the 11th and 12th Century, this temple is believed to have a never-ending shadow on Lord Shiva Lingam. There are many other temples too in his village which were built during the rule of Kakatiya, Reddy and Velama kings. The temple of Swayambhu Sambhu Lingeswara Swamy in Mellacheruvu village presents a glimpse into the glory of Kakatiya architecture. The famous museum of Archaeological Survey of India along with various startling structures associated with Buddhism makes Nandikonda also an essential part of Nalgonda Tourism. More than 2000 year old, Sri Jain Mandir is another temple which is often visited by tourists. Located at Kolanupaka village, this temple comprises of statues of Lord Adinath, Lord Neminath, Lord Mahavira and Tirthankaras. Another ancient temple is PillalaMarri which is more than 1000 years old and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
Nalgonda tour packages from Telangana Tourism also covers the famous Bhuvanagiri Fort, which was built by the Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya. The largest dam in the world, Nagarjuna Sagar dam is a captivating site. Activities like boating in its backwaters make it popular amongst everyone.How to reach Nalgonda:
The distance between Hyderabad and Nalgonda is about 90 km which can be covered within less than 2 hours of time.Nalgonda By Air:
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport of Nalgonda. This airport is well connected to rest of the world. From here tourists can take a prepaid taxi to the district.Nalgonda By Train:
One of the best ways to travel to Nalgonda is via railways. The Nalgonda station falls along the Guntur-Secunderabad railway line. Thus many important trains halt at this station as well. Some of the prominent trains which cross Nalgonda are Vishaka Express, Palnadu Express, Hyderabad-Chennai Express and Nagarjuna Express, etc.Nalgonda By Road:
There are many regular buses between the two places. Many kinds of taxi services are also available. Some also choose to drive till Nalgonda. Although the time of travel differs with different routes it takes usually less than 2 hours to travel from Hyderabad to Nalgonda.Best time to visit Nalgonda:
The best time to visit Nalgonda is during winters. Many tourists also visit during summers, preferably after midday. If looking for a different experience altogether, then visiting during monsoon to explore the historical architectures amidst light drizzle is a good idea.