Previously a part of Andhra Pradesh, Nalgonda today is a city in the newly-formed state of Telangana. Situated between two hills, Nalgonda is a surprisingly beautiful, old town that offers ancient temples, forts, scenic views and adventure sports to visiting tourists.
Centuries ago, Nalgonda was referred to as Nilagiri. Later, when the Bahamani Kingdom took over, it changed the name to Nallagonda, after which, during the reign of the Nizams, it was named Nalgonda—the name that finally stuck. The existence of this region goes back to the Neolithic and Paleolithic ages, as discovered by archaeologists. The Mauryas, the Ikshvakus and the Pallavas were also known to have reigned here for certain periods in time. Traces of these various historic influences can still be seen today in Nalgonda, in the architectural structures built during those times.
A number of imposing forts, though in ruins, are spread out over the region of Nalgonda. The Deverakonda Fort is believed to have been built in the 13th or 14th century and was controlled by the Padma Nayaka rulers for decades. The Bhongir Fort is another sprawling edifice that appeals to visitors. Perched on a rock at about 500 meters above sea level, it offers stunning views of the city below. This fort that was impregnable in its day was built by one of the Vikramaditya kings.
To tap into your spiritual side, head to Mellachervu village; a small settlement which is filled with ancient temples—many of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. All these temples display fine architecture and craftsmanship of the times in which they were built. Pillalamari is another such village that portrays the lives of the locals and is dotted with beautiful ancient temples that attract many devotees through the year.
If you’re a nature enthusiast, visit the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Ethipothala Waterfalls. The dam is a massive structure built on the River Krishna, which makes it quite a sight, and the nearby waterfalls are magnificent, with the added charm of cave temples and campsites.
Buses are easily available in Nalgonda, and will take you to nearby areas as well. Auto-rickshaws can also be hired to travel within the city. But the best way to discover the sites would be by hiring a private cab.
On a daily basis there are approximately 273 flights that operate at Begumpet Airport.IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Nalgonda through train.Nalgondais one of the most popular train stations in Nalgonda.On an average about 48 trains pass through Nalgonda on a daily basis.Miryalaguda to Nalgonda, Guntur to Nalgonda, Sattenapalle to Nalgondaare some of the most popular routes to Nalgonda with 91, 89, 74 trains weekly respectively.
By road Nalgonda is surrounded by Secunderabad, Jaggaiahpet, Khammam which are 57.0 km, 57.66 km, 60.66 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.