Warangal Fort | History, Timings & Address

A prominent landmark of the state of Telangana and an apt example of ancient architectural prowess and historic grandeur, the Warangal Fort had located in Warangal. Warangal Fort timings are from 10:00 PM – 07:00 PM.

Warangal Fort timings

Warangal Fort overview

The city is also known as Orugallu, meaning ”one stone”. Locals believe that the city had built on a single rock during the medieval era.

Spread over ​​19 km between Warangal & Hanmakonda, this 12th-century Fort is a popular historical attraction in Telangana. Thousands of enthusiastic tourists witness this region’s historical and architectural wonders every year.

The main highlights of the Fort are the four decorative gates, now the official symbol of the Telangana state.

The Fort remains in ruins today, reflecting the historical splendour and architectural splendour of the Kakatiya dynasty. The ruins do not resemble any fort, as the rulers’ typical grand walls, cannons and durbar halls are missing. However, you can witness the remains of the most impregnable fortress of the medieval era.

History of Warangal Fort

Named after the city of Warangal, this eponymous Fort gives a clear insight into the erstwhile Kakatiya dynasty that flourished between 1175 – 1324 CE.

During this era, the Deccan Plateau saw a marked trend in establishing architectural marvels such as Warangal Fort, reservoirs for irrigation and multiple temples.

The rulers emphasised the security of their territory and that every part of their construction became a masterpiece and immortalised.

Ganapatideva built this magnificent Fort, and after his death in 1262, his daughter Rudrama Devi took over the construction responsibilities and eventually the entire kingdom. However, King Prataparudra II, the second Rudradeva and the last ruler of the Kakatiya kingdom completed the Warangal fort.

Unfortunately, after two decades, the kingdom fell into Mughal hands, and the Sultans of Delhi took it over.

They attacked the Warangal fort several times. In 1309, during the reign of Prataparudra II, Allauddin Khilji attacked the Fort. About 1000,000 soldiers attacked the Fort, and the battle lasted for several months. King Prataparudra II and his army defended the Fort in this fierce battle.

However, the Fort could not withstand the onslaught of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, which the Nizams of Hyderabad later occupied.

Although it has been destroyed several times, what we see today are not just ruins but the magnificence of medieval architecture that speaks of the courage of the Kakatiya rulers.

The architecture of Warangal Fort

The Warangal Fort is a masterpiece of 12th-century architecture. The Fort had built in the royal style of architecture. Before it fell into ruins, the Fort had 45 large pillars surrounded by intricate carvings. ”Gateway of Glory” was the main attraction. It has a main entrance with four elaborately carved pillars built of a single stone.

The pillars are about 30 feet high, and the carvings on the pillars are worth noting even today though they are in ruins. These majestic gateways are known as Kirti Toranas and symbolise South Indian architecture.

As you enter the Fort, you can see some of the remains of Swayambhu Devi Temple (Mother Earth Temple). Qutub Shahi kings built this temple after conquering the Fort.

Main Attraction

However, the main attraction of this magnificent Fort is the Swayambhu Temple, built in AD. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva had built in 1162. This medieval-era temple is located in the centre of the Fort and had surrounded by awe-inspiring sculptures.

The Fort also houses another Shiva temple, the Shambhulingeswara Temple, opposite the open-air museum. There is a huge Nandi statue in front of the Shiva temple.

The space between the Nandi idol and the temple had used as a stage for artists, where Nrityanganas (classical dancers) danced to musicians’ tunes before the prayers began.

Most of the statues carved on the pillars in this Fort follow a similar pattern, i.e. each rock is divided into different sections, and each section has beautiful sculptures like a lion, elephant, dancer’s statues etc.

Warangal Fort had built with a 3-layered fort. The Fort is protected by three circular walls, providing a strong defence against invaders. They built the first wall of Warangal Fort during the reign of Rudrama Devi.

The diameter of this mud wall is about 2.4 km. Another layer of wall 150 feet wide covers the outer part of the wall.

Light and Sound Show at Warangal Fort: 

Apart from admiring the architecture of Warangal Fort, you can end your day by enjoying the Sound & Lacer Show at Fort. The first show is held between 6:30 PM and 7:20 PM and had usually performed in Telugu.

The second show will be from 7:30 PM to 8:20 PM and will be in English. The sound and light show is a feast for the eyes, informing the visitors about the architectural and historical significance of the state.

Tickets for the Light & Sound Show: RS 40 for adults and INR 20 for children.

Tips for Visiting Warangal Fort

If you plan a weekend getaway from Hyderabad and a road trip is on your wish list, visiting Warangal Fort is an excellent idea. Just a 3-hour drive from Hyderabad, this mighty Fort makes for an ideal random weekend getaway destination.

One of the architectural masterworks of the Kakatiya dynasty, Warangal Fort, was built on a monolithic hill in the 13th century by King Ganapatideva and his daughter Rani Rudrama. This magnificent Fort symbolises the historical wealth of the region during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Warangal Fort Timings:

DayTiming
Monday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Tuesday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Wednesday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Sunday10:00 PM – 07:00 PM

 Places to Visit near Warangal Fort

Best time to visit

Tourists visit Warangal Fort throughout the year. If you want to explore the true colours of this place, you can come here during the winter.

How to reach Fort?

Fort of Warangal had located towards the South-East part of the city. The Fort is just 5 km from the Warangal station. Tourists can hire a rickshaw and reach the Fort.

Many city buses also go through the Fort at regular intervals. Tourists can also travel via a rented taxi to the Fort without hassle.

Address: 

The Warangal Fort is located at Mathwada, Warangal, Telangana.