Adilabad is a curious mix of nature, history, mythology and craftwork. The passage of the dense Satpura Hills and Godavari River has blessed this district with some of the most incredible natural sites in the state of Telangana
Kuntala Waterfalls, present amidst dense forests, is just one of many pristine water bodies here. Owing to the rule of many dynasties in the past, the cultural scene of Adilabad is a mélange of native Telugu and neighboring Marathi elements. A place where the revered sage Ved Vyas once performed strict atonement, Adilabad takes great pride in being the land of many mythological legends and equally fascinating temples.Formerly known as Edlabad, the current name of the district comes from Ali Adil Shah, the ruler of Bijapur. The region came under the control of many rulers, including the Mauryas, Rashrakutas, Kakatiyas, Imād Shāhī, Mughals and Marathas. Today, Adilabad is Telangana’s second biggest district, about 260 km from the bustling city of Hyderabad.Before ending your Adilabad holiday, make one short trip to the little town of Nirmal. The Dokra (tribal metal work) and Nirmal paintings and handicrafts are famous all over the world.Nature lovers will be mesmerized by Adilabad’s lush forests and hill ranges. The district is particularly rich in scenic water bodies. You can choose from Kuntala Waterfalls (Telangana’s highest waterfall) in the mountain ranges of Sahyadri, or the 20 m high Pochera waterfalls that carry the water of the Godavari River.If you are looking for Adilabad’s iconic craftwork, then head to the town of Nirmal. The town, famously known as ‘the land of toys’, is home to a 14th-century craftwork that turns ordinary items and materials into splendid works of paintings, utility articles and toys. The town of Nirmal is also home to Shamgarh Fort. This magnificent fort was built by the French amidst a scenic surrounding. The Basar Saraswathi Temple, a pleasing site of Goddess Saraswati, marks the spot where great Sage Ved Vyas attained atonement. Adilabad can be conveniently reached from the rest of Telangana. A number of state and national highways provide excellent road transportation. Travelers can take a pick from cabs, auto-rickshaws or buses. A network of tourist buses is available from the state tourism board.Instead of carrying a lot of cash, make use of credit/debit cards wherever possible.Avoid consuming food offered by strangers.
Adilabad is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Nagpur at a distance of 166kms.
There is no regular trains to Adilabad from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Chandrapur which is located at a distance of 86kms.