Ammapalli Temple | Timings & Facts

30 km from Hyderabad and five km from Shamshabad bus stop, Ammapalli Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple is historically famous for movie shootings. It is one of the most viewed tourist places in Hyderabad. Ammapalli Temple Timings are from 06:00 am to 08:00 pm.

Ammapalli Temple Overview

The Vengi kings built the Rama temple in the 13th century, but the idol is 1000 years old. The Ammapalli temple had adorned with a massive seven-storied gopuram, which is very popular among Telugu cinema fans. 

Above the tower entrance is a huge depiction of Lord Vishnu in a sleeping posture. There is a very historic temple pond. A portico surrounds the pond. The surroundings of the reservoir are full of coconut trees. There is a mandapam in front of the temple. The temple had recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

History of Ammapalli Temple

The Ammapalli temple had built in the 11th century during the Vengi Chalukya kingdom. This magnificent building had spread over 250 acres. The seven-storey street dome is 90 feet. The inscriptions on this gopuram depict images of Vishnu, Rama and Dasavatara.

This temple had dedicated to Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. It had said that Rama and Lakshmana reached this area before they met Hanuman; hence there is no Hanuman statue in the sanctum sanctorum. The idol of Lord Rama is 4 feet tall. Muslim rulers built the outer structure of this temple.

Ammapalli temple in movies

Ammapalli Ramalayam has appeared in more than 1000 movies and Telugu serials. The temple is named “Murari Film Mandir” and “Cinema Gudi” after the super hit movie Murari. The directors believe that if even a small movie scene had been recorded here, it would be a huge success at the box office.

The construction of this temple

This temple gives a feeling of being in a different world, away from the jostle and bustle of the city. A temple area with Kakatiya roots, regardless of being 15 km away from the ever-busy Shamshabad Airport. 

Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Devastanam at Ammapalli, Nakhoda, maybe 800 years old or more. Bastions and ramparts trace the Kakatiya influence. Images of Rajasthani Jharokhas dressed in Rajasthani dresses add to the beauty of this temple. 

The wall surrounding the temple is Kakatiya, with pictures of lions and peacocks. So, the mandir has Persian and Kakatiya art. If you don’t see the gopuram from a distance, it looks like a mosque with ramparts and domes.

Interesting facts about Ammapalli temple

As Sita Mata is the prominent deity in this temple, the town got its name Ammapalli. This temple is about 1000 years old. This temple is historical during the Chalukya period.

The main attraction here is the 70 feet Wind Dome. Burnt bricks, limestone and stucco, are used in this seven-storied building. It inspired the Nizam Char-Minar, built in the 15th century.

Ammapalli Temple

Unique rock for three idols with “Makara Toranam” – the arch here is unique. There are ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this arch. This type of stone sculpture dates back to the 11th century. And there are only two such idols in India. At Ammapalli Temple & Rally-Jaganmohana Temple, The idol of Vishnu at the temple entrance attracts us.

The Nagara walkway, water tank and wind tower had later built in Rajasthani architecture. It is unusual to see North Indian architecture in South Indian temples.

At the entrance of the main temple is a Kurma (Turtle Avatar), which is rare and gives the shrine a special power of salvation.

Why is there a statue of Hanuman in front of the main temple of Lord Rama? When Rama, Sita and Lakshmana came here, Hanuman was not with them. After they left for Panchavati, they met Hanuman there.

Ammapalli Temple Timings

  • Morning Hours: 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Evening Hours: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
DaysMorning TimingsEvening Timings
Monday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday6:00 am to 1:00 pm4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Best time to visit:

The perfect time to visit the temple is from October to July. Temple will load on Sri Rama Navami, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Dwadasi, Telugu Newyear, English New Year, Karthika Masam etc.

Nearby Places to Visit

Anantgiri Hills:

Anantagiri Hills is a popular day trip destination, one of the most scenic tourist spots around 100 km from Hyderabad.

Yadagirigutta:

Yadagirigutta is one of the famous Dharmic places around 100 km from Hyderabad, and a short journey of around 2 hours will take you to the abode of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary:

If you’re looking for thrilling weekend getaways within 100 km of Hyderabad, Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal family outing.

Bhongir Fort:

The surrounding view from the citadel of the fort is equally pleasing, and every town dweller enjoys the panoramic views.

Chilkur Balaji Temple:

Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage places within 100 km near Hyderabad. Located in the middle of a small, beautiful village, it is one of the oldest temples in India and attracts throngs of devotees every year.

Hotels near Ammapalli Temple

  • Hotel Sky Park Shamshabad
  • 69076 OYO Hotel Sweekar
  • OYO Hotel Golden Pride
  • Hotel Rainbow Tower
  • Hotel Sri Balaji
  • Sitara residency 
  • Hotel Sri Sudharsana Residency
  • Sri Bhavya ResidencySrinidhi ResidencySri Venkateswara Hotel

Address

Nagarguda – Shamshabad Rd, Near Rajeev Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Ammapalle, Telangana 501218

How to reach Ammapalli Temple?

By Air:

The nearest airport to the temple is Shamshabad, 12 km from the temple. You can easily reach this temple by local bus or taxi from this airport.

By Train:

The nearest railway station to Ammapalli temple station is at Kachiguda, 32 km from this temple. You can easily get to this temple by local bus or taxi.

By Road:

The direct bus to this temple is available from Secunderabad and Hyderabad bus stands. You can easily reach this temple through these routes.

FAQs

Which is the Ammapalli temple?

In the story, the temple is a sanctum sanctorum with three idols: Sita, Rama and Lakshmana. “It is carved out of a single stone. The makarathoranam (the arch above the idol) for deities Rama, Sita and Lakshmana had also been carved from a single piece of stone.

What are the images depicted in Ammappalli temple?

The temple featured extensively in the 2001 blockbuster Murari, which launched actor Mahesh Babu’s career towards superstardom. The film’s theme revolves around an ancient temple and its powerful presiding deity.

How old is Ammapalli Temple?

As Sita Mata is the prominent deity in this temple, the town got its name Ammapalli. It is an about 1000 years old temple.

When was Ammapalli temple established?

12th century; Ammappalli Sita Ramachandra Swamy Devasthanam, built during the Kalyani Chalukya period, is a Rama temple without Hanuman, instead of Kodandarama.